Thursday, November 10, 2011

Worry and Anxiety Kill Laughter

White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland 
I'm Late, I'm Late, I'm Late...

People who are time-pressured don't laugh as much - worry and anxiety stifles giggles, chuckles, and grins. A more leisurely approach to commuting to or from work can increase your laughter-yield tenfold. 

Cues of urgency tend to make us feel "panicky" inside. Our stomachs flip, our chests tighten, and our faces grimace, which I guess is okay if you're auditioning for an gig on stressful living - though, admittedly, most people seem to prefer advertisements for healthy living. 

Walking into a café that offers an expresso bar, live music, readings, and other innovations create a kicked-back environment that encourages mixing, meeting, and laughing. Stress, urgency, and fatigue seem to magically disappear when in the presence of happy people. While people who are suffering from a major loss may not initially find solace in these environments, many do report that "forgetting about their problems" for a little while "feels good". 

Having spent many years traveling through airports, I've learned that crowds aren't always associated with laughter - especially in the presence of lost luggage or closing departure gates on the other side of the airport, two tram rides away. 

Whenever I've ever found myself running to catch a flight, I've typically laughed the entire way over the ridiculousness of it all. 

I wore a watch nearly every day of my life until 2005, but I am now convinced that the thing was an anti-laugh machine secretly posing as a single-function device denoting the time of day. And for the record, I still missed plenty of flights while wearing it! 

Fortunately, I didn't miss out on the opportunity to laugh about it. 

"Humor is the cure for the ravages of reality..."
Sophy Laughing

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