5 Ways Humour Reduces Stress And Anxiety – guest article by Marcus Clarke

This guest-post was written by Marcus Clarke BSc, MSc from psysci.co.uk, a psychology and science blog that examines the latest research in mental health and explains how findings can impact and improve people’s lives. Lots of great posts at Marcus’ blog, so be sure to pay psysci a visit once done reading about the positive effects of humor! Stress. Anxiety. That feeling when your heart clenches, butterflies dance in your belly and your breathing constricts. We’ve all felt these feelings and we’ve probably all at some point struggled to reduce stress and anxiety from our lives by practicing meditation or popping pills. There is another mechanism however, that reduces stress and anxiety: a natural and effective way that taps into the body an...

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Does researching and writing about humor kills all the fun (and makes you depressed)?

Does researching and writing about humor kills all the fun (and makes you depressed)? Let me give it to you straight up: no, it does not –– but it is more complicated than that… I usually start my lectures and workshops by telling audience that I will share with them theories and research from the psychology of humor, show examples, and conduct interactive exercises and discussion related to the particular topic of the presentation (e.g. humor and cross-cultural interactions or leadership). I also say that “I will make a humble attempt to make them laugh, although researching and writing about humor doesn’t necessarily make one a comedian”. It elicits some laughter, usually, but I also say it for a reason: First, whenever there is a word...

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The universality of smile and laughter

Some years ago, I was hitchhiking with friends in rural Serbia and we were a little lost. I approached an elderly man sitting on his porch, just off the road, to ask for directions. He did not seem happy about it, but I did not have a choice: ‘Excuse me sir, do you speak English?’ Slowly but decisively, he turned his head side to side and uttered a short ‘no.’ I tried Spanish: ‘¿Habla usted Español?’ Same answer, this time entirely muted. I kept on going, naming every language one of my friends or I knew: ‘Govorish po-ruski?’, ‘Deutsch?’, ‘Italliano?’, ‘Polski?’ Nothing, nada, Nichst… Despite my polyglottic show-off, we were unable to communicate. ‘Parlez-vous français?’ he shouted out suddenly. I had listed almost all main European languag...

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Conferences, open courses, summer schools and other humor psychology events about to happen:

Resilience: Harnessing the Power of Humor. Annual Conference of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor – San Diego, California USA, 12th to 15th of April, 2018.

2018 International Society for Humor Studies Conference – Tallinn, Estonia, 25th to 29th of June, 2018.

18th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter – University of Wolverhampton, Telford, UK, July 2nd to 7th July 2018.