Laughter (at jokes) can help people solve problems that demand creative solutions (e.g., help them think more broadly and associate ideas/relationships more freely). (Goleman, Daniel Jay, PhD. Emotional Intelligence. 84-86. NY: Bantam Books, 1995.)

After viewing funny movies people were able to consider problems in new creative ways, and tended to find solutions with more innovation and ingenuity. (Ornstein, Robert, PhD, and David Sobel, MD. Health Pleasures. p 218-220. NY: Addison-Wesley, 1989.)

People need dual vision: an ability to be serious and see humor at the same time. This can help one deal with a broader range of problems. (Padus, Emrika, et al. The Complete Guide to Your Emotions & Your Health. p 65-70. PA: Rodale Press, 1992.)

Humor releases tension and gives the use a different perspective on the situation. (Schwartz, Enid A., RN, MA, MC. Infusing Humor into Healthcare. p 78. CE Express.)

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