Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Comedy Writers Wanted

Are you a fan of jokes?  If yes, here's your chance to have your jokes, stand-up skits, and funny stories published. Studies show that indulging your sense of humor can help you live a longer, healthier life. Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers blood pressure, but it also helps boost your amuse system!

The older we get, the more important humor becomes. Many people associate humor with having lived a more satisfying life - with laughter being the natural expression of that satisfaction.



According to Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., author of the book Born to Be Good and professor of psychology at the University of California Berkeley, "90% of laughs involve deep exhalations. When you exhale, your heart rate and blood pressure go down and you enter a calmer state. This effect may very well be the reason you feel a sense of relief from laughing."


Nothing brings people closer together like a good laugh. Couples who tell each other lighthearted jokes and share laughter to defuse tension tend to have better marriages, says psychologist John Gottman, Ph.D. of the Gottman Institue in Seattle. So, before your next lover's spat, come up with a little word like "Walmart" to diffuse an argument and indicate that you or your partner would like a time out.


According to researchers at Loma Linda University in California, the mere idea of laughing decreases stress hormones (dopac, cortisol, and epinephrine by 38, 39, and 70% respectively). At the University of Maryland, study participants who were shown funny movie clips experienced a 22% increase in blood flow to their hearts.


Not only does a laugh, giggle, or guffaw release tension, but it also helps keep you healthy. People who laugh 10-25 times daily face fewer diseases than those who laugh outside that range (2009 study International Journal Medical Sciences). 


73% of all employees in the whole wide world (WWW) reported that having a sense of humor made them better at their jobs!


OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS! It is one thing to write about and analyze humor, it's another thing to write a funny tale or a joke that will inspire thousands to LAUGH!


Your submission must be no more than 500 words. Photos ENCOURAGED!

Send it to sophlylaughing@gmail.com , if I like it, I will notify you before it gets posted. If you wish to remain anonymous, include the word ANONYMOUS in the SUBJECT of your email so that it stands out, otherwise tired eyes might overlook this request.

DO NOT send it as an attachment or it will be automatically deleted (my harddrive is nearly full). Include it in the body of the e-mail. In paragraph form!!!

DO NOT send jokes with explicit language or content; also, no jokes that you've simply Googled from the Internet. Make it original.

Remember, it can be a funny story, tale, poem, or video, it doesn't just have to be a joke. If you have a funny stand-up skit that meets the above criteria, feel free to submit, it can be included!

Please DO NOT send me religious awakenings (Islam, Christian, Catholic, etc.) SophlyLaughing is NOT a religious blog. While these stories may be beautiful, I am pretty sure that unless you've included some quips or humor, it would not be of interest to my readers.

If you have any questions, I will try to answer them in the comments below or you may email me directly at: SophlyLaughing@gmail.com

Thank you!

♥ Sophy Laughing (Sophy "softly" Laughing) 

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