Laughing at oneself can be a way of accepting and respecting oneself. Lack of a sense of humor is directly related to lower self esteem. Laughter can enhance one’s level of self-esteem. (Humor and Laughter: Health Benefits and Online Sources.)

A sense of humor can enhance self-esteem. Being able to laugh at yourself (as opposed to ridicule) indicates a healthy level of self-worth. (Hafen, Brent Q., et al. Mind/Body Health. p 541-560. MA: Simon & Schuster, 1996.)

Lack of a sense of humor is directly related to lower self esteem. (Humor and Laughter: Health Benefits and Online Sources.)

Louis Franzini, PhD, author of Kids Who Laugh: How to Develop Your Child's Sense of Humor: laughter is critical to a child’s development. It plays n important role in stress diffusion, developing self-esteem, learning to problem solve, and honing social skills. (Abedon, Emily Pearlman. Why Laughter Is a Sign of Learning.)

There is a connection between self-esteem and humor. Study: Self-esteem is enhanced as patients use more stage 3 humor (Stage 1: ridicule own inadequacies, Stage 2: direct hostile laughter at others, Stage 3: laugh at their own shortcomings in a confident nonthreatening manner). (Padus, Emrika, et al. The Complete Guide to Your Emotions & Your Health. p 65-70. PA: Rodale Press, 1992.)

Humor can be useful in addiction therapy to help express negative emotions in a positive light and relieve feelings of despair and hopelessness. Humor doesn’t necessarily build self-esteem but an ability to laugh at oneself can be crucial in the basic recovery stages. (Greenwood-Robinson, Maggie, PhD. 20/20 Thinking.p 104-105. NY: Avery, Putnam Special Markets, 2003.)

Refer to Laughter and the Brain for additional information.

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