Your Brain Is Better On LaughterYou know how I always talk about finding that “Happy Place!”
by JJ Wright
It’s true clowning around improves memory, mood, and motivation. A good knee-slapper also produces a chemical reaction that instantly elevates your mood, reduces pain and stress, and boosts immunity according to research at Stanford University. I’ve found a few ways to laugh more in life:
- Keep an eye out for the unexpectedly silly side of daily life to combat negative thoughts. For example, at the end of a recent worry-filled day, I turned on a news channel that referred to its meteorologists as “the Weather Team That Tells the Truth.” I thought the implication that other weather teams lie was hilarious. I laughed and immediately felt my worries melt away.
- Make sure you don’t go to bed stressed-out — keep your evening entertainment light by reading a comic novel or watching a funny show. My wife and I were latecomers to Seinfeld, so we purchased DVDs of the early seasons, which we now watch at night.
- Reframe unpleasant situations with humor. For example, I once heard a flight attendant deal with a surly, complaining passenger by saying: “You know, Sir, on every flight I try to pick one passenger and ignore him or treat him poorly. Today, you are the passenger I chose.” The result was laughter by both parties.
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