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“You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.” – Author Stephen King

Using Humor to Cope with the Coronavirus

During challenging times throughout history, people have often turned to humor as a means to cope. Archaeologists found that as far back as ancient Egyptian, soldiers returning from battle used humor as a coping mechanism.

In this upside-down world of the coronavirus pandemic, turning to humor can help manage some of the stress that comes with non-stop news, social distancing and virtual schooling.

In an interview for Time magazine, Los Angeles comedian Erica Rhodes said that laughter is more than medicine, it’s survival. “Laughter is a symbol of hope, and it becomes one of our greatest needs of life, right up there with toilet paper,” she said. “It’s a physical need people have. You can’t underestimate how it heals people and gives them hope.”

Laughter – during challenging times – gives people the ability to connect and a sense of power over a common enemy.

In the same article, Boston stress management consultant Loretta LaRoche reports she uses humor to help her clients cope with the stress of the pandemic. According to LaRoche, people have 60,000 thoughts in a day, and many can be upsetting. “Laughter helps the brain relax.”

What’s Acceptable; What’s Not

Let’s start with humor that’s unacceptable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Stay away from humor that’s too dark or in bad taste; topics such as suffering or death should be avoided. Also avoid being flippant, dismissive or glib, which can be seen as trying to escape from reality.

It’s fair game to poke fun at quarantining and social distancing. And self-deprecating humor is also safe.

But it’s also important to remember that not everyone will find the same things humorous.

Want a quick laughter break? Click here for a coronavirus parody on YouTube, set to the tune of Bare Naked Ladies’ “One Week.”

Click here to read more about using humor to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

Six Ways to Add Humor to Your Life

  1. Share something silly about yourself with a friend
  2. Laugh at yourself
  3. Watch a funny TV show with your quarantine buddy
  4. Help others realize it’s OK to laugh at themselves
  5. Watch a recording of a comedian’s live show on a streaming service
  6. Find humor in something serious

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