July 8 was the sixth annual SCUD Day. SCUD is Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama; July 8 is a day to remind people of the many benefits of living in the Comic Zone and the perils of living in the Drama Zone. Today I have posted in honor of the Comic Zone. Please throw drama out the window, throw caution to the wind, and participate in at least one of the "unusual" activities recommended below. Let me know how the tango goes. (And pass this post along to grumpy lawyers; it will be very good for their health.)
POWERFUL MEDICINE: TANGO WITH YOUR TOAST
Power in the Comic Zone
The Comic Zone contains much laughter. People in the Comic Zone are infused with the spirit of laughter, they have an aura of smiles. They have high self-mirth. And that is good for those inhabiting the Comic Zone because laughter has power.
Great power. Sacred power. Astounding power. We should honor laughter and what it does for us. Laughter torpedoes stress levels, accelerates learning, catapults creativity, forges strong teams, and strengthens our health. It gives us many gifts.
It is a magic potion, elixir of life and fountain of youth all rolled up into one hearty hee-haw.
Lots of laughs a day keep the doctor away
A study out of University of Maryland indicates that laughter reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. A
press release about the study from the University said: “People with heart disease were less likely to recognize humor or use it to get out of uncomfortable situations. They generally laughed less, even in positive situations and they displayed more anger and hostility.”
“We know that exercising, not smoking and eating foods low in saturated fat will reduce the risk of heart disease. Perhaps regular, hearty laughter should be added to the list,” said Dr. Miller, one of the researchers.
Dr. Miller talked about daily laughter going hand in hand with other heart-healthy activities, such as stair climbing instead of using the elevator. “We could perhaps read something humorous or watch a funny video and try to find ways to take ourselves less seriously.”
Dr. Miller added: “The recommendation for a healthy heart may one day be -- exercise, eat right and laugh a few times a day.”
All right! Go, laughter!
And today . . .
Rise and shine. Your first few waking minutes can set the tone, the mood, for the whole day.
What are you going to do to establish your day as one of laughter? Well, laugh, of course. Do something outrageous. Something you have NEVER done before.
Howl at the rising sun. Dance a jig with your toothbrush, and let the toothbrush lead. Serenade your slippers. Skip out to get the paper, and wave at any neighbors you see; ask them to skip with you. Make a monkey face in the mirror.
Rumba with your razor. Tango with your toast. Look deep into the eyes of your eggs and recite words of adoration and egg-doration. Put your head under your sheet and blanket, all the way to the foot of the bed, and pretend your are in a fort of felicity. Sing a song in gibberish. Call someone and start their day with your very favorite joke.
Jump rope with an invisible rope. Jump rope with your pantyhose. Throw your pantyhose away. Put your underwear in the freezer for a while before wearing it. Do jumping jacks on your bed and bounce high, high, high.
Walk like a chicken as you cook your eggs. Snort like a pig as you cook your bacon. When the toast pops up from the toaster, pop up with it; try to hit the ceiling. Percolate with your coffee and do the caffeine caper all over the kitchen -- all over the house. Have a conversation, as you eat, with your silverware -- out loud.
Just get wild and crazy. Laugh now and you’ll laugh later. Laugh big. Laugh broad. Laugh bold.