Humor, The Instant Mindshift
We’re living in a world that’s moving incredibly fast. On top of our personal problems and everyday pressures, the newspapers and evening newscasts tell us that our economy is falling apart, corporations are being forced to downsize and massive technological advances are causing people to re-evaluate, adjust and change their lives.
Cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones and tablet devices, e-mails, text messages and even micro-communication applications like Twitter are clogging our minds with an overwhelming amount of information, leaving us with little or no time to relax, unwind and focus our attention on the big picture.
To compound this, political unrest, crime, disease, prejudice, and violence are running rampant, as they’ve done for centuries past.
Hold on a second. I need to take a break here. I’m getting depressed. I’ll be right back.
Okay, I’m back now. Where was I? Oh yeah, I remember.
The divorce rate is at an all time high; despite an unwilling public, war seems to be the number one strategy for dealing with conflict between nations and at any moment we could be the target of a terrorist attack. It’s really no wonder why so many of us have to be medicated in some way or another in order to cope with the madness our civilization has created!
We all need ways to reduce the tension, and deal with the fast pace that we are subjected to every day. I honestly believe that our ability to shift and occasionally laugh off the major and minor tensions in our lives is crucial in order for us to survive the insanity.
I’m not just suggesting this, I’m telling you.
We have to take time out of each day and laugh.
Why do you think that people go to comedy clubs, watch sitcoms or see funny movies? Because they want to laugh. Why do they want to laugh? For the same reason that they want to have sex: It simply makes them feel good. A physiological and mental reaction takes place when you laugh.
Laughter is a great motivator. It charges your inner battery and helps you cope with tough times. Even if you are having a really bad day, when you laugh life doesn’t seem that bad after all. In fact it can be the one spark you need to move forward with optimism.
This is why I urge you to unleash the power of your Humor Being on a daily basis. Right now you’re probably wondering, “Great, Steve. I’ll do that. But what is a ‘Humor Being?’” That, I can explain. Your Humor Being is a part of you that brings out the best in you when times get tough. What your Humor Being gives you more than anything else is peace of mind and emotional stability.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I am an expert on Humor and the Power of Positive Thinking. No matter what group I’m speaking to, or what program I’m offering, I always use Humor as a guise to convey my high-content message. Studies have shown that if people are having fun while they’re learning they will simply absorb more information. You know what that adds up to? Return On Investment. I think that about says it all.
These thoughts and more are shared in my new book, Get Your Shift Together.