Mild Humor & Laughter Support Breathing in COPD Patients

[This article was adapted from McGhee, P.  Humor: The  Lighter Path to Resilience and Health.  Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.  References to the research discussed below are presented in this book.] Intuitively, you would assume that laughter would not be a good idea for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD—a condition (which may result from […]

Humor Yourself to Better Pulmonary Health: Introduction

[This article was adapted from McGhee, P.  Humor: The  Lighter Path to Resilience and Health.  Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.  References to the research discussed below are presented in this book.] Researchers have recently begun to study the pulmonary benefits of humor and laughter.  If you are already in good health, their contribution to pulmonary health is […]

How does Humor Promote a Healthy Heart?

[This article was adapted from McGhee, P. (2011).  Humour, Health and Happiness: How to Get the FUNtastic Benefits of Humour into Your Life.  Singapore: MindEdge.  This book is prepared for a general reading audience in Asia and is shipped out of  Singapore.  To order (and for shipping inquiries), contact MindEdge at jeanette@mindedge.com.sg.  References for the […]

Humor and Laughter Promote a Healthy Heart

[This article was adapted from McGhee, P. (2011).  Humour, Health and Happiness: How to Get the FUNtastic Benefits of Humour into Your Life.  Singapore: MindEdge.  This book is prepared for a general reading audience in Asia and is shipped out of Singapore.  To order (and for shipping inquiries), contact MindEdge at jeanette@mindedge.com.sg.  References for the […]

Using Humor to Boost Workplace Creativity

“Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.”     (Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, M.D., Nobel prize winner) Creative thinking in the workplace has become more important than ever before. With the rapid pace of change occurring in recent years, every company has to face up to the fact that the old solutions […]

Children’s Riddles: First Sign of an Adult Sense of Humor

What cake can you drink coffee from?  A cup cake.  (Sorry, coffee cake is too easy). What boats can you always buy at a reduced price?  Sale (sail) boats. A banana and an apple got married, but they argued all the time.  So the banana split. How many bees are there in a hive?  None, […]

Humor Improves Communication

“Have I reached the person to whom I am speaking?” (Lily Tomlin, on the original Saturday Night Live, as Ernestine) No matter what kind of job you have, communication will always be an important aspect of your work, whether it’s in meetings, phone conversations with clients or discussions between managers and other employees. Many professional […]

Children’s Humor: The Preschool years

Adapted from P. McGhee, Understanding and Promoting the Development of Children’s Humor.  Published by Kendall/Hunt.  See Books by Dr. McGhee to order.  [Note: The previous article on children’s humor discussed developmental changes from birth to age three.  This article continues the discussion of age changes in children’s humor from about three to five years of […]

Humor and Laughter Strengthen Your Immune System

[Adapted from Humor: The Lighter Path to Resilience and Health, by Paul McGhee.   References to the research discussed here may be found in that book.] “The art of medicine consists of keeping the patient amused while nature heals the disease.”    Voltaire A managed care consultant dies and goes to Heaven. Frankly, he can’t believe his […]

Using Humor to Survive in Concentration and POW Camps

“I would never have made it if I could not have laughed. Laughing lifted me momentarily . . . out of this horrible situation, just enough to make it livable . . . survivable.”                                                                                                                          (Victor Frankl) “Humor, more than anything else in the human makeup, affords an aloofness and an ability to rise […]