The Lighter Side of Bankruptcy

It’s No Joke – Humor can help Stress

2011 June 10 by

Dealing with financial problems is one of the largest stresses in life. In fact, study after study, including the ground-breaking 1967 University of Washington study, have come to the same conclusion – financial issues are the main cause of stress in American life.Stress can affect your physical and mental health, your marriage, your friendships, and more. It can even lead to major physical problems like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.But on the positive side, one of the ways you can mitigate stress is through humor. According to the Mayo Clinic, laughter alone has a positive physical affect:

  • Stimulates organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activates and relieves your stress response. A good laugh fires up and cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure, resulting in a relaxed feeling.
  • Soothes tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress. It can also exercise the diaphragm, contract the abs and get your heart pumping, which can all help you to feel better.
  • Improves your immune system. Positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses. And laughter increases the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T cells.
  • Relieves pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.

In addition to the physical effects, laughter and humor can help you cope with problems in a more positive way. If you’re a more positive person, thie makes you easier to be around, helping you connect with people. So seek out some movies, TV shows or books that make you laugh, or go to a comedy club with some friends. Seek out some coworkers who make you laugh and invite them to lunch. Reconnect with an old friend who always told the best jokes. You know what they say — laughter is the best medicine!

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Did you know – Colonel Sanders of KFC was broke?

2011 March 24 by

Here is a little bankruptcy humor to make you smile:Pete and Gladys were looking at a new living room suite in the furniture store. Pete says to the salesman, “We really like it, but I don’t think we can afford it.”The salesman says, “You just make a small down payment, then you don’t make another payment for six months.”Gladys wheels around with her hands on her hips and says, “Who told you about us?” Did you know – Colonel Sanders of KFC was broke?Harland David Sanders, who died in 1980 at the age of 90, is the famous Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Most of us are familiar with his top-secret recipe, but not the fact that he was broke at age 65 and facing bankruptcy. Continue reading »

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