Use Humor to Reduce Your Stress

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Don’t you find it interesting that babies laugh before they talk?   Laughing is a healthy habit and a great stress reducer. Solomon said, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” Proverbs 17:22.

Here are a few ways you can use humor as a stress reducer:

  • Watch funny movies! Some of my favorites are “What about Bob?” “Pure Luck” and “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World.”
  • Read jokes. There are innumerable clean, funny jokes online as well as in Reader’s Digest.
  • Listen to a good clean comedian. My favorite is Mark Lowry.

When husband moved out 2 days before Christmas, leaving me with two boys 4 and 10, I knew I couldn’t allow myself to succumb to depression or anything else negative. My boys needed me, especially to make it a happy Christmas.  I chose to use humor to help reduce my stress—especially when I started to get down or overwhelmed.

One thing that helped both me and my boys to laugh and change our perspective was Mark Lowry’s song, “Sure Beats Hell.” I know, I know, it’s a weird title and you’re probably wondering about me right about now. But the words were amazing, “No matter what you’re going through, it sure beats hell.” If we compare our lives to how horrible hell is, we can laugh at our circumstances—no matter how dark they may appear.

All of Mark’s albums (or cassette tapes as they were at that point)  brought us so much laughter, which was just what we needed. You can go on to watch lots of Mark’s funny stories and songs.

Here’s what one of our readers said about All Stressed Up and Everywhere to Go!: Solutions to De-Stressing Your Life and Recovering Your Sanity

When Dr. Ken Williams shared this material, a light came on. For the first time many of our workers had some effective tools to help them deal with the very considerable stresses that cross-cultural service inevitably involves. I am thrilled that Ken and Gaylyn have teamed up to make this material available in book form. I commend the book to all who are involved in Christian service, however, every believer would   benefit from this material.

—Frank Hoskin, Director, Wycliffe Bible Translators Australia

Click here to learn more about how to manage your stress.