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Elisa Goldstein, Ph.D.Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.
A blog about mindfulness, stress-reduction, psychotherapy and mental health.

A Bit of Humor that Can Change Your Day

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Aug 19th 2010

laughingHumor has been said to be one of the greatest healing factors on the planet. It can turn a moment of tension into a state of relief. When we laugh our facial muscles stretch out and oxygen is sent throughout our bodies. Our bodies are also connected wiht our emotions, so as we laugh and the body opens up it creates an upward spiral toward feeling better. This can affect our entire day. Heck, you can even burn calories laughing.

So in the spirit of mental health, here is a little slice of humor that I originally heard from Jack Kornfield:

“A husband and wife from Chicago made plans to spend the summer in the Florida Keys at a rustic getaway. Because the wife was on a business trip, she had plans to meet him there the following day.

Upon getting there he immediately sent an email to his wife, but unfortunately because he left off a letter in her name of the email, it got sent to a recently widowed woman in Arkansas with the same first name.

When the grieving widow first checked her email, she couldn’t believe what she was seeing.

The email said, “Dearest Susan, I wanted to let you know that I have arrived on the other side and am doing fine. I was quite surprised to find they had email over here.

They tell me that you’ll be arriving very soon.  

Until that time, love,

Jack

P.S. You should know, it’s quite hot down here.”

If that brought up a chuckle, notice what your body feels like and just take a snapshot of that.

What other bits of humor have you garnered that you can share with the community here. Passing one along, no doubt affects more people than you think.

Go ahead and share, you interaction provides a living humor that we can all benefit from.  

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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    One in four - Luna - Aug 20th 2010

    One in four people is mentally ill. Think of three people you know. If they seem OK, you're it! ;-)

    Mental Health Humor - Chato - Aug 20th 2010

    Thank yo for such a wonderful post... and Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is right 'A Bit of Humor that Can Change Your Day'.

    I started drawning cartoons about mental health humor 2 years ago and now I'm blogging on PSYCH CENTRAL hUMOR.

    Feel free to post any of my catoon and if you could blogroll me site that would make me laugh... :)

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