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Week #6: Exercising Your Funny Bone

Monica Wylie February 8, 2019

Week #6:  Exercising Your Funny Bone

When was the last time you remember actually laughing out loud?  There are statistics floating around that the average adult laughs 15-20 times per day.  For some of us, this might seem over-the-top.  Another statistic that pops up is that children laugh upwards of 300 times on a daily basis.  What is so funny?!?  At what point did we, as adults, give up on laughter?  Was it when puberty hit us over the head?  Was it when we became responsible for earning our own way in life?  Did we happen to encounter such tragedy laughter left us to face bleakness unabated?  Whatever our personal reasons for minimizing our own laughter, know you can regain the strength in your funny bone.  And you can start today.  Now even. 

Why is laughter so important?  First, it is up to us to choose to live in joy.  Easier said than done for some.  Let’s take a look at just some of the benefits behind laughter proving it really IS the best medicine:

  1. Reduces blood pressure
  2. Reduces stress hormone levels
  3. Fortifies immune system
  4. Boosts T-cells
  5. Triggers the release of endorphins
  6. Works your abs
  7. Increases blood flow to the heart
  8. Enhances creativity and optimism

And there are numerous other benefits to keep this list going.  So what is YOUR laughter trigger?  Is it watching cat videos?  Kids at play?  Hearing the giggles of an infant?  And there’s nothing like group laughter to keep your endorphins flowing.    Perhaps it is time for you to make a date with yourself. What are some other things you can do to flex your funny bone?  The main point is for you to be intentional in setting a goal to laugh more.  Wouldn’t it be great to wake up with laughter?  Can you imagine?

For starters, smile more.  Even if you’re not feeling it at first.  Wake up and smile.  That wasn’t so bad, was it?  Smile when you look at yourself in the mirror.  I know, that can be challenging, but do it anyway.  Who knows?  It might actually make you laugh.  Definitely smile at people as you approach them.  So what if they think you’re crazy.  You have given them something to brighten their day, and yours:  a smile.  Save the funny memes or video clips that make you laugh.  Revisit them from time to time.  Share them with others.  There are all kinds of comedians.  Discover your favorite.  Check them out on YouTube or even on Netflix.     

Birds of a feather flock together, so venture out and enjoy live comedy and exercise your funny bone. The Tacoma Comedy Club is a great venue for beginning and veteran live comedy supporters alike.  The team of staff members is very conscientious and attentive.  The talent brought in is top-notch.  Even the food is good and has vegan/vegetarian options.  It is conveniently located in downtown Tacoma at 933 Market Street.  Please visit their website for upcoming shows and ticket information.  https://www.tacomacomedyclub.com

Or perhaps you aren’t quite ready to jump in the pool.  With all of the home entertainment options available, odds are you will be able to scroll through your handy dandy guide and find a movie or even TV show that will get you to crack a smile and laugh out loud, whether you’re a Will Farrell or Tina Fey fan or not.  Check out the list of the Top 10 All-Time Best Comedy Movies:

  1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  2. Airplane
  3. Groundhog Day
  4. Ghostbusters
  5. Caddyshack
  6. Blazing Saddles
  7. Animal House
  8. The Hangover
  9. Dumb and Dumber
  10. The Big Lebowski

This list is according to Ranker and a poll of fans.  I have to say, It looks like perhaps the voting was mostly done by guys.  While I did see most of these movies, I have to say I prefer a good Rom-Com.  The Top 10 Best Romantic Comedies per Ranker are:

  1. Pretty Woman                                                                      
  2. Groundhog Day
  3. Notting Hill
  4. The Princess Bride
  5. When Harry Met Sally
  6. 10 Things I Hate About You
  7. Sleepless in Seattle
  8. Love Actually
  9. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Perhaps you’re not feeling so nostalgic and want to see something “new”.  The Best Comedies of 2018:

   

  1. Deadpool 2
  2. Game Night
  3. Tag
  4. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  5. Blockers
  6. Thunder Road
  7. Night School
  8. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  9. Super Troopers 2
  10. When We First Met

I am going to go ahead and add Life of the Party, with Melissa McCarthy.  It ended up at #13 on the Ranker list, but cracked me up.  I also enjoyed The Book Club, which finished #42.  Some of my other go-tos include The Proposal, Just Go With It and The Other Woman.

Other than online, where might you find actual DVDs if you prefer to have the actual movies in hand?  Half-Price Books has a great selection.  It is conveniently located at 4027 Tacoma Mall Blvd.  You can check out their website at https://www.hpb.com.  Barnes & Noble in Lakewood at 5711 Main Street SW https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2832 might also suit your needs.

Still not sure about how to get your laugh on?  Check out more simple tips on https://daringtolivefully.com/how-to-laugh-more

"You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing."—Michael Pritchard

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