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  • - [Narrator] Karyn Buxman is an international speaker

  • and successful author of eight books.

  • Booked by more than 500 companies worldwide,

  • Karyn is one of the few people in the world to be inducted

  • into the National Speaker Associations' hall of fame.

  • Today, Dan Lok interviews Karyn on the secret

  • to enhancing your humor skills to become a better leader

  • with personal stories and cutting edge tips.

  • - Karyn, speaking of funny photo, I think one

  • of the funniest thing that I've seen was in a restaurant,

  • it's actually in a bathroom, so I went to the men's bathroom

  • and I saw a sign in front of the urinal,

  • it just says don't eat the urine cake.

  • - Oh, yes.

  • (laughing)

  • - I'm like why, like why.

  • - They had to post that because there was that one person.

  • - Yeah.

  • - Hey y'all, watch this.

  • - Eww, it's very true that we look for humor

  • in day-to-day life, how does that relate to health

  • in terms of our mental health?

  • - It's so wonderful, and that's really what brought me

  • into this field in the very beginning was the health aspects

  • and when I looked at humor, I found that there's three

  • primary functions of humor.

  • The one being entertainment, which everybody,

  • that's what they think of when they think humor.

  • - [Dan] Yes.

  • - Another is wellbeing which is health,

  • and then another is influence which is so important

  • in business, but in terms of health, there are so many

  • studies about the benefits of humor,

  • and for people particularly who use it consistently.

  • Again, that's a real--

  • - I loved what you said, use it consistently.

  • - Use it consistently, the issue is that so often

  • humor happens by chance and when it happens

  • by chance that's wonderful, but I want your listeners

  • and your viewers to understand that it's humor by choice,

  • not by chance, it could be both, but it's by choice,

  • and people who use it by choice, what we find is

  • that every body system is affected.

  • It's a wonderful thing that humor is a whole brain activity.

  • It affects the prefrontal cortex,

  • which is where we have wit, that's the understanding

  • of the joke, the emotional component of the brain,

  • which is the limbic system.

  • That's how we know we feel good and happy,

  • and then the occipital lobe in the back of the brain

  • which is the physical expression which is laughter,

  • and because of this whole brain activity,

  • there is this cascade of neurotransmitters that affect us

  • all over our body, and some of it we're aware of

  • because we have the oxytocin and the serotonin

  • and the endorphin-like pinnacles that make us feel good,

  • but also things that are going on are hormones and proteins

  • and things that are doing wonderful things for our body.

  • For instance, the number one negative process

  • in our body that just fans the flames of so many illnesses

  • and degenerative disease is cortisol

  • and humor lowers cortisol levels.

  • Cortisol is an inflammatory process that's throughout

  • every cell of our body, but humor decreases

  • those cortisol levels, and so this is why we see

  • positive effects in terms of autoimmune diseases

  • and we see positive effects in terms of heart diseases,

  • persons with diabetes.

  • All of these kinds of things we see positive effects

  • in people, and one of the studies that was done in Japan,

  • actually it was repeated, and I was so impressed with this,

  • I had mentioned it in my TEDx Talk, was that we saw changes

  • not just at the cellular level,

  • but beyond the cellular level.

  • We actually saw positive change in people's DNA.

  • - Wow.

  • - Now we're talking epigenetics, and that people have

  • the ability to positively influence future generations

  • by using humor intentionally and consistently.

  • I mean, with something this powerful, why would you not want

  • to include it, and one of the number one issues

  • in our country costing us billions of dollars--

  • - Depression.

  • - Is stress.

  • - Yeah, stress and depression.

  • Stress and depression, and work loss, days off, sick days,

  • errors that are made at work, accidents that happen,

  • all trace back to stress and depression

  • and that humor can help deal with that, and so using this

  • and implementing it, it helps people on a personal level

  • and at companies it's saving them millions and even billions

  • of dollars in lost work days and accidents, engagement,

  • happier people, they're more productive.

  • - [Dan] And they're more looking forward to go to work

  • since their workplace is a friendly environment,

  • is a fun environment, versus people dragging, oh,

  • gotta go to work, of course they're not gonna be productive.

  • - Right, and that's contagious.

  • - Yeah, 100%, if one person is, oh, you think you having

  • a bad day, let me tell you my day.

  • (laughing)

  • - Isn't that crazy how we get in this one-upsmanship

  • like whoever has the worst day--

  • - Don't get me started.

  • - It's like, I had the worst day, so I win.

  • Yeah, that's crazy.

  • - It's very, very true, and I think just like

  • what you're saying, this is science.

  • This is like science, this is not just, oh yeah, be happy,

  • and things like that, that's not what we're talking about.

  • - No, and this is what I love, this is what feeds me.

  • I'm a neurohumorist and I know your audience is thinking,

  • oh my gosh he's bringing on another neurohumorist,

  • but it's living at the intersection of humor in the brain

  • because really this is a great frontier,

  • and what we're bringing to your viewers and your listeners

  • is the latest in science that shows this will improve

  • your health, this will increase your focus.

  • People, here's a great study that was done by a friend

  • and researcher at Loma Linda, doctor Lee Berk,

  • who is just an amazing psychoneuroimmunologist,

  • he was doing a study of the brain with people

  • and he had the control group, he had the group

  • who was watching something stressful,

  • the movie Saving Private Ryan, and then a group

  • that was watching humor and they got to self-select out

  • of a couple of choices what was funny to them

  • 'cause what's funny to me might not be funny to you,

  • but I digress, but anyway, what he found was

  • that the brainwaves of people who were experiencing humor

  • not only was it a whole brain process, the alpha, the delta,

  • the beta, the theta, but in addition to this,

  • now we see the gamma waves, and gamma waves,

  • many years ago when we had analog, we though that this was

  • just somehow interference, but now that we have

  • digital technology we know that gamma waves,

  • this is something important, we've known that

  • with deep meditation and mindfulness we have this

  • gamma wave pattern that indicates focus and creativity

  • and this wonderful depth and being in flow.

  • This is the same brainwave pattern we see with humor.

  • - Wow.

  • - And so, maybe you have the opportunity

  • to practice deep mindfulness or meditation,

  • but I know a lot of people, they don't have that opportunity

  • but you have the opportunity to access humor anywhere,

  • any place, anytime, even if it's just in your own head.

  • - Right.

  • - And how powerful is that?

  • - And us entrepreneurs being able to stay focused, right,

  • where it's funny, very high-level entrepreneurs

  • when I meet with them, all they talk about is actually less

  • about business, it's all about mind hacks

  • or it's about focus, productivity, meditation.

  • I see that across, it's funny how that works.

  • They don't necessarily talk about the business aspect,

  • they talk about how could they improve

  • their personal performance.

- [Narrator] Karyn Buxman is an international speaker

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