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The Anti-Humor Wit of Steven Wright

2017-02-16T12:23:07+00:00 Our Blog|

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

2017-02-15T11:25:27+00:00 Our Blog|

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

2017-02-15T11:22:44+00:00 Our Blog|

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

2017-02-15T11:22:14+00:00 Our Blog|

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 [...]

Technique Review: The Laughter Meditation

2017-02-02T15:20:45+00:00 Our Blog, Tips: Teaching & Speaking|

Here is how to facilitate a group laughter meditation (a.k.a. free laughter exercises.) A. Sit down and relax If you were previously standing up, it is now time to sit down. You can sit on a chair or directly on the floor, whichever is most comfortable for you. Sit comfortably in an inward [...]

8 scientists quotes on laughter and breathing

2017-01-28T12:33:02+00:00 Our Blog|

QUOTES ON LAUGHTER "For the most part, when you go and get medical treatment, a clinician is not necessarily going to tell you to take two aspirins and watch Laurel and Hardy, but the reality is that’s where we are and it’s more real than ever. There’s a real science to this. And it’s as [...]

The Ha Ha Mantra

2017-01-28T10:35:51+00:00 Our Blog|

The exercise in this video may appear insensitive or even disrespectful to some, but it most definitely isn't. Here is how it works: Recall an unpleasant event that recently happened to you. While telling the story (keep it short) conclude each sentence with "ha ha ha", or "ho ho ho", or "tee hee hee". You [...]

Laughter and tears: Why do I feel sad sometimes when I laugh?

2017-01-27T17:28:51+00:00 Our Blog|

In general: Do not be afraid of your tears. Refusing to embrace your shadow is refusing to accept your humanity. It never ends well. In particular: Laughing and crying are very closely related. You cannot stimulate one without stimulating the other. Laughing and crying engage the same set of muscles, only with different contractions: laughing [...]

Laughter did not change this man’s life but made it worse. (It all changed when he learned to love himself.)

2017-01-15T06:34:00+00:00 Our Blog|

This is the story of a man who laughed lots, made others laugh, and still felt like dying. Frank used humor, and lots of it. The jokes were on him, all self-deprecating. Truth is, Frank hated himself.