Humor makes the world go around. But it’s not always easy to find. We all go through challenges in our lives and before COVID-19, we were no doubt experiencing some of this. Maybe we suffered a job loss, or are dealing with a health concern. Perhaps we just broke up with someone or had a fight with a friend. This is life and we’re all in it. Quarantine just makes everything more intense. We’re home, with a lot of time on our hands. Also, we may be feeling stress. That’s only natural.
There is no question that we’re living in some seriously stressful times. Between the constant barrage of breaking news, financial worry, and social isolation, we are taking an emotional beating. This is nothing to minimize. On a global scale, we are witnessing hardship and suffering. And the flip side is, we are also witnessing empathy, compassion, joy, and giving. People are volunteering where they can, reaching out to those in need, supporting those they love. Many are taking advantage of telehealth to support their mental health. A lot of good is happening. The vernacular is “we’re in this together.” Furthermore, we need to see the good moments to shine the light. Consequently, humor goes a long way right now.
Finding humor amidst all can be daunting for many of us. But the research shows laughter is beneficial for optimal emotional health. In addition, it sparks a sense of interconnectedness. Here are few ways to find the humor, in case you don’t live with a comedian:
- Check out the comedy section on your favorite TV streaming service, and look for an old favorite as well as something new. If you’re wondering what to watch, Jon Krasinski has released a heartwarming and hilarious series called Some Good News that highlights funny, positive moments that happen each week during the Coronavirus quarantine across the world.
- Subscribe to receive texts or alerts from some industry greats such as Jim Gaffigan or Jimmy Fallon.
- Read the Onion.
- Buzzfeed, Bored Panda, and great clean jokes.com are a few humorous sites to peruse.
- Pick up a funny book.
- Call that funny friend that always puts a small on your face.
- Post a “joke of the day” on the fridge for others in your home to enjoy.
Above all, stay safe and remember that is temporary. You are not alone.