Can I count on you to keep this thread active for me?
now that the hysterical laughter has subsided and morphed into little kid giggles and grins.......
I don't know whether to feel complimented or chastised...
but I like my abstract humor... just the way it is...
it's free to all... even stick in the mud types... so help yourself...
did you know???
It doesn’t take much to start feeling the benefits of humor.
You don’t have to laugh out loud; being quietly and privately amused also has benefits. For that matter, just smiling for no reason at all can improve your mood.
Benefits of humor
We don’t need scientists to tell us that laughing is fun and makes us feel better. Research is verifying that humor has many of the positive effects that funny people have long suspected.
Researchers have found that you can even “act as if” you are feeling an emotion—say, happiness or irritation—by arranging your face in a smile or a frown, and you are likely to feel that emotion. In a classic study, participants were instructed to hold a felt-tip marker in their mouths in a way that caused their facial muscles to be formed into a smile or a frown. While holding the marker this way, they were asked to view comic strips and say how funny they found them. Those whose facial muscles were mimicking a smile found the same comics funnier than those whose facial muscles were set into a frown.
Physical benefits of mirth and laughter:
Increased endorphins and dopamine
Increased relaxation response
Cognitive benefits of humor and mirth:
Improved problem-solving ability
Enhanced memory (for humorous material)
Increased ability to cope with stress, by providing an alternative, less serious perspective on one’s problems
Emotional benefits of humor and mirth:
Elevated mood and feelings of well-being
Reduced depression, anxiety, and tension
Increased self-esteem and resilience
Increased hope, optimism, energy, and vigor
Social benefits of humor and mirth:
Bonding with friends and family
Reinforcement of group identity and cohesiveness
Increased friendliness and altruism
Increased attractiveness to others
Happier marriages and close relationships
Laughing out loud, being quietly amused, anticipating something funny, and even forcing a smile or chuckle can all lead to increases in positive emotions and neutralize negative emotions, which can help keep us on the “upward spiral” to greater happiness.
Health Benefits of Laughter
What can laughter do?:
Lower blood pressure
Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
Defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores
Improve alertness, creativity, and memory
Humor and creativity work in similar ways, says humor guru William Fry, M.D., of Stanford University–by creating relationships between two disconnected items, you engage the whole brain.
Humor works quickly. Less than a half-second after exposure to something funny, and electrical wave moves through the higher brain functions of the cerebral cortex. The left hemisphere analyzes the words and structures of the joke; the right hemisphere “gets” the joke; the visual sensory area of the occipital lobe creates images; the limbic (emotional) system makes you happier; and the motor sections make you smile or laugh....