How Humor and Faith Help You Focus on What’s Important

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The idea to mix the topic of humor and faith came to me after receiving a note from a good friend last week. His morning habit includes praying and thought of me as he read this passage: 

Who can find a woman of noble character? She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs at the hard times to come. (Proverbs 31: 10, 25)

Reading this made me smile and giggle because he knows some of the crazy stuff I’ve been through. It also reminded me that everything will be okay. I “thought” I was having a bad morning until receiving that note. My thoughts switched to positive mode and made me happy.

Having a sense of humor can help you get through uncomfortable moments or situations. Humor helps provide insight and tolerance and allows you to see things from a different perspective. Laughter bonds people.

Having faith is the best way to tap into your innate wisdom, harmony and strength which keeps us centered. Life is full of bumps and curves, and faith will help steer you back to your center as many times as needed.

These two things – humor and faith – are important aspects of our lives we tend take for granted. Here are three examples that illustrate how humor and faith can help you focus on what’s important:

1. Dealing with a personal crisis. Receiving news of a cancer diagnosis or major health issue is very stressful. How you view the world literally changes. That part is okay.

  • Humor reduces the stress and strengthens the immune system by blocking the stress hormone, cortisol, because laughing increases the release of beta-endorphins. It relaxes the whole body.

  • Faith in your religion and spirituality allows you to find deeper meaning and experience personal growth. It enables you to better cope with the stressful situation.

2. Understanding what your purpose is. Knowing your purpose in life is hard to determine quite often because of all the hurdles in life we encounter. There are plenty of conversations about focusing on your passions… but understanding your purpose is important and an effective way to reach your goals.

  • Humor is a perception of something funny or comical. It’s not a mood but an awareness that can trigger a feeling of joy and happiness. It reminds you not to take life (or yourself) too seriously in any situation. Humor can help strengthen your imagination and creativity.

  • Faith reminds you to pray and reflect. This allows you to listen to others and get feedback, and pay attention to your gifts and strengths. Even pay attention to what doesn’t make you happy. You can make a simple list and focus on what moves you. This is where passion comes in. Knowing this information about yourself will help determine your purpose and associated goals.

3. Strengthens your relationships. Healthy relationships are important to our well-being. We need to remember that other people do matter. We matter. Our happiness basically depends on the strength of relationships. Any emotional sharing builds strong and lasting bonds with others.

  • Sharing humor adds joy, vitality and resilience. It is an effective and powerful way to heal disagreements and resentments. Laughter unites people during difficult times.
  • Faith can be the secret ingredient for many relationships, not just the romantic ones. Some people believe that faith is an impulsive emotion. C.S. Lewis explained it best in that faith is a virtue: Faith… is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.

Those that know me best, understand that I use humor and faith regularly because it keeps me centered and balanced. That in turn helps me focus on what’s important.

It’s never too late to improve your humor skills and have faith in yourself and others.

Brigitte is a Wellness Consultant, Speaker, and Health Advocate (Certified Health Coach). She is a two-time breast cancer survivor and living with a primary brain tumor (benign). Brigitte strongly believes the values applied from her health coach training enabled her to overcome her own health issues. Brigitte’s goal is to influence others to be a part of the solution – choose empowerment – and embrace a healthier lifestyle by focusing on the Real Things. Sign up for her newsletter at www.brigittecutshall.com and follow her on Instagram @brigittecutshall. Author of “RealThings: 6 Ways to Embrace Life” published April 2015. BrigitteCutshall Facebook Amazon

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