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The Science of Silliness: How Laughter Can Save Your Sanity

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Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of the business world? Do you find yourself longing for a break from the stress and monotony of daily life?

 Well, I have some good news for you: the solution to your woes may be as simple as a good laugh. Science shows us that a smile may be all it takes to save your sanity. 

“If you look at what keeps people healthy over a lifetime, yes, there’s luck, there’s genetics, there’s access to vaccines, etc. but actually, the healthiest people have strong relationships over the course of their lifetime that are built on love, compassion, and humour. If you have those three, you’re pretty well set up for life.” – Dr. Phil Hammond

 

When it comes to your physical, mental, and emotional health, most experts agree that laughter is the best medicine. When we laugh, our brain secretes the coveted dopamine and serotonin that keeps us feeling great all day. Science has shown us that these same chemicals may be responsible for adding to our lifespan as well as our laugh-span.

Experts from around the medical field agree that laughter can help lower stress, stabilize blood pressure, improve your heart function, and make your brain more elastic and resilient to mental health issues. In addition to all of the lovely health benefits, laughter may also be the key to your professional health as well.

Did you know that on average, children laugh around 300 times a day, while adults laugh a mere 20 times a day? That’s a staggering difference, and it begs the question: why are we so quick to abandon the joy of silliness as we grow older?

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

So why not harness the power of silliness to unleash your creativity and save your sanity in the process?

In the fast-paced world of business, creativity is often hailed as the key to success. But all too often, we forget that creativity thrives in an environment of playfulness and spontaneity. By embracing the science of silliness, we can tap into our innate creativity and approach challenges with a fresh perspective.

As author Brené Brown so eloquently puts it,

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”

So why not embrace the inevitable failures and setbacks with a sense of humour and resilience? After all, it’s often in our most awkward and absurd moments that true innovation is born.

At Humourology, we firmly believe in the transformative power of silliness. Whether you’re livening up a dull commute with a spontaneous car karaoke session or adding a touch of whimsy to your morning routine by wearing mismatched socks, embracing humour can invigorate your day in unexpected ways.

Studies, such as those conducted by Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play have shown that incorporating fun and silliness into our lives not only boosts creativity but also enhances overall well-being. So why not take a cue from our playbook and infuse your daily grind with a healthy dose of levity? Whether it’s a spontaneous dance party in the kitchen or a game of office chair races, the possibilities for injecting silliness are endless. Trust us, your mental health and happiness will thank you for it.

So, go ahead, embrace your inner child, and let the joy of silliness guide you toward a happier, healthier, and more creative life. After all, as the old saying goes,

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.”

See you next Tuesday,

Warmest,

Paul x

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