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Is Humor A Cure-All?


Writers, and other creative folks, sure do need humor, if only as a weapon against depression.

But, does humor do more than make our emotions easier to handle?

There’s a video at the end of this post that’s embedded in the article I’m going to link to but it’s such a great stress reliever that I had to put it here for readers who may need a quick fix of healing laughter.

That article I’m going to link to is, Humor Affects Our Psyche, and the author is Carter Lee.

He cites studies which apparently show that humor can:

  • Boost the immune system and circulatory system
  • Enhance oxygen intake
  • Stimulate the heart and lungs
  • Relax muscles throughout the body
  • Trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)
  • Ease digestion/soothe stomach aches
  • Relieve pain
  • Balance blood pressure
  • Improve mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity)

He also has a soon-to-be-released book, When Jonathan Cried For Me. Here’s some of the blurb:

“For most of his life, Carter Lee struggled with a low self-esteem, unhealthy self-confidence, increasingly in-docile anger issues, and his weight. After his wife left him, taking her son with her, Carter Lee hit rock bottom. Deciding to persevere on, he became determined to find a way to transcend through his trauma on a journey to find a genuine inner transformation.”

“Carter Lee is blatantly honest about his inner demons and wears his heart on his sleeve. More than just a motivational, inspiring, educating, or entertaining read, this book transcends any one genre by coalescing strengths of each form into a powerful teaching tool.  He is witty, unconventional, and has a knack for describing highly technical mental processes in layman’s terms. Sometimes controversially, but always with honesty, Carter Lee delivers what so many of us need: a real way to facilitate internal change and transformation…”

So, Carter Lee gets my gratitude for pointing me toward a book that promises to be rewarding and a video that can pull me out of any ol’ bad mood :-)


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6 responses to “Is Humor A Cure-All?

  1. Carter Lee (@thecarterlee) December 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Alexander,

    What a touching tribute to my article and book, thank you. It pleases me that my article could serve you purpose and equally honored that you are looking forward to the release of my book. I look forward to reading future posts from you!

    Warmest regards,
    Carter

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai December 2, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Awesome, Carter; so glad you like what I did—you deserve coverage :-)

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  3. Gayle Falkenthal APR (@PRProSanDiego) December 2, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Alexander, I commend you on your excellent taste! As a fellow column writer and BIG fan of Carter Lee’s work, I hope you and your readers will continue to follow Carter on Communities at Washington Times. I am delighted to see him receive this recognition and exposure. It is well earned and well deserved.

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  4. Allison Ashworth December 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Excellent! Carter Lee is brilliant. I appreciate you writing this, Alexander. Humor daily saves my sanity!

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  5. Alexander M Zoltai December 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Gayle; always good to see others who find value where I do :-)

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  6. Alexander M Zoltai December 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Allison, I appreciate your appreciation :-)

    And, I completely agree with: “Humor daily saves my sanity!”

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