Humor is a boost to your biochemistry. It helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol while it increases immunoglobulin, natural killer (NK) cells, and plasma cytokine gamma interferon levels.
Immunoglobulin consists of the antibodies that help the immune system to fight infections; it serves as one of the body’s primary defense mechanisms. NK cells seek out and destroy abnormal cells; they are a key mechanism for what is called immunosurveillance.
Plasma cytokine gamma interferon orchestrates or regulates anticellular activities and turns on specific parts of the immune system. If you are able to develop a sense of humor about yourself, you’ll find that incredibly liberating. It ensures that you don’t take your current situation and yourself too seriously.
Laughing at yourself allows you to see yourself as part of a greater whole. By not taking yourself too seriously, you can let things slide off you and not “sweat the small stuff.” Just be aware that by developing a sense of humor, you’ll cultivate positive thoughts and feelings.
Maximize the time that you spend in the emotional state that you want to be in so that it comes naturally to you. You want it to be your default mood. Do everything that you can do to promote the thoughts, perspective, and behaviors that kindle a positive mood.