Allied and Mental Health Care Professionals deal with numerous problems on a daily basis. That can inflict extreme stress, and we all know the risks of over-prescribing. There are plenty of natural cures for stress that won’t put your practice at risk for malpractice – some that we cannot prescribe, but easily practice. It’s national humor month, so our job is to make sure you take advantage of the psychological benefits of laughter!
There are undeniable psychological impacts of our natural behaviors. Why is laughter infectious? What does it do to our bodies?
Laughter triggers healthy physical changes in the body – strengthening the immune system, boosting energy, increasing pain tolerance and reducing stress are just a few of the fruits of this natural medicine.
For mental health, it’s observed that treating depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, PTSD and borderline personality disorder can be positively affected by humor, especially in group therapy.
And thanks to the internet, humor is easy to find these days. It has really completely evolved (or some might argue, devolved) the inane way in which we communicate for laughter.
Talk shows have been re-imagined on the internet. Pop culture references are even more prevalent and without FCC ratings to worry about, every website has become a channel. A top rated video online includes two celebrities: Zach Galifianakis and Justin Beiber. His talk show, “Between Two Ferns,” addresses the inanity of pop music and how we idolize young people.
Or well placed pictures:
Or the bizarre. Take, for example, Max the Roomba Cat. He has over 5 million views and he’s generally regarded as hilarious.
Why do people find Max the Roomba Cat so funny?
There are endless mysteries in why we find things funny, but undeniable benefits. Humor may really be the best medicine, and it’s so readily accessible now! There is no excuse not to celebrate with your colleagues this month. Did any of these make you laugh?