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How Complaining Rewires Your Brain For Negativity

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“Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. Complaining is tempting because it feels good, but like many other things that are enjoyable—such as smoking or eating a pound of bacon for breakfast—complaining isn’t good for you. Your brain loves efficiency and doesn’t like to work any harder than it [...]

The Anti-Humor Wit of Steven Wright

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Steven Alexander Wright is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and an Oscar-winning film producer. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical, and sometimes nonsensical jokes, non sequiturs, anti-humor, and one-liners with contrived situations. He was ranked as the twenty-third greatest comedian by Comedy Central in a [...]

Urban myth: It takes more muscles to frown than to smile

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Straight from the happiness lore Some sayings have been with us so long that their origins are now wholly forgotten. Popular aphorisms such as "It takes 43 muscles to frown and only 17 to smile" claiming that a greater number of facial muscles are needed to produce a frown than to generate a smile are [...]

Urban myth: Children laugh 300 to 400 times a day, and adults only 17.5

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For the children: If it was true then children awake 12 hours per day would be laughing at least once every 1-2 minutes from sunrise till sunset. For the adults: Studies are limited and inconsistent. One research does suggest that adults laugh an average of 17.5 times per day (Martin RA, Kuiper NA. Daily occurrence [...]

Urban Myth: One Minute Of Laughter Gives You The Same Benefits As 10 Minutes On A Rowing Machine

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The size of that particular research sample was one person. This claim appears to have been initiated in 1969 by a journalist who interviewed Dr. William Fry, a then leading researcher into the psychology of laughter at Stanford University (emeritus professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences). In that interview Dr Fry claimed that [...]