Why Exercising Your Sense Of Humor Is So Important

November 13, 2014 9:07 PM

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Worried that folks will think your laugh is loud, nasally or cackling? Consider this ancient sentiment: Haters gonna hate. Laugh off criticisms. "Your laugh is part of your identity and self-esteem, and it’s essential to who you are," says Steve Wilson, Columbus, Ohio-based psychologist and director of National Humor Month. "So to inhibit it or deny it puts you in jeopardy for health and happiness."

"[Humor] can be a tool that you use positively, but it can also be a weapon," says Karyn Buxman, motivational speaker and author of What’s So Funny About Heart Disease? Anyone who’s been the butt of a joke, a target of bullies or the recipient of ill-willed sarcasm knows that there’s a major differe...

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