Guestpert : Dr. Steve Taubman
Category : Health, Fitness, and Beauty
Tags : humor, mindfulness, health, mental health
Steve is a Doctor of Chiropractic, graduating valedictorian from New York Chiropractic College in 1982, and international speaker, and a bestselling author.
Having endured crippling anxiety and low self-esteem early in life, resulting from bullying and abuse as a child, Dr. Taubman made it his mission to understand the nature of happiness and the remedy for emotional turmoil. His search led him to neurology, holistic health, mindfulness, positive psychology, and hypnosis. He now travels the world helping business professionals get out of their own way to achieve prosperity and inner peace.
Wed, Sep 5, 3:21 AM (2 days ago)
As a mindfulness expert, my job is to help people to gain wisdom and perspective, to see things clearly, and to be unaffected by outer circumstances. This requires emotional distance and the ability to look beyond appearances. Of all the tools available to us, humor is one of the most important. It's reliable, accessible, and healthy.
Humor improves both our physical and our emotional well being in a few ways...
1. It influences our physiology. Laughter oxygenates the blood and releases healing neurohormones into our bloodstream. Over time, it lowers blood pressure and staves off chronic diseases.
2. It gives us emotional distance so we're less likely to take things too seriously. Any situation, no matter how grave, has a way of being seen that evokes good humor, and making a habit of looking for that perspective makes us smarter, wiser, and more relaxed.
3. It quiets the mind. Churning or rumination on a particular problem or issue seldom solves the issue, but changing our mood often does. Laughter calms and quiets our minds, putting us in a more resourceful mood and opening us to creative solutions.
4. And, it's just fun to have a good laugh! When you practice seeing the funny, your days will be more enjoyable...and you'll have others wondering what you're on! :)
To develop a sense of humor, you don't need to take a comedy class. Just start by enjoying humor from others, look for the funny in every situation, and even turn your eye on your own quirky mind. When we look at how we react in situations, we can often find humor in how seriously we take things!