(The) Know-It-All: #A-Z Challenge
“I remember being annoyed when a book came out a couple of years ago by a guy who drove cross-country with Einstein’s brain. Einstein’s legendary brain. Enough already. ‘I’m going to write a book about driving across the country with Darwin’s pancreas,’ I told Julie at the time. ‘And after that, I’m taking the bus with Newton’s lower intestines.’ “
We’re almost halfway through the A-Z blogging challenge. I hope my posts are living up to my claim of being Snack-Sized Wow Notes for the Woman’s Soul. There is certainly lots to be thoughtful about at midlife and beyond, lots of changes in who we are and what we want. But in the midst of all that seriousness, let’s not forget about laughter.
5 Kinds of Laughter
- Spontaneous–maybe from reading Jacobs’ quote?
- Stimulated–i.e., being tickled
- Induced–chemical, from inhaling nitrous oxide at a dentist’s office
- Pathological–uncontrollable and excessive, often mixed with tears, and usually associated with brain damage
- Voluntary Simulated–making yourself laugh
5 Benefits of Laughter
- lowers blood pressure and reduces stress hormones
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.Victor Hugo
- connects us with other people and improves communication
- helps us keep problems and concerns in perspective
- improves our ability to concentrate
- elevates mood
5 Ways to Bring More Laughter into Your Life
- Watch funny television shows, movies, or YouTube videos.
- Watch someone else who is laughing because laughter is contagious.
3. Force it. Start with three short ‘ha’ sounds. Remember something that you found funny.
4. Give Laughter Yoga a try.
5. Read something that makes you laugh. Molly’s Shallow Reflections blog does it for me every time, as does Gary Larson’s The Complete Far Side .
What makes you laugh? Do you laugh as often, more often, or less often than before (however you define before)?