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A good laugh is priceless

Tips for increasing laughter

Find a friend -- the more the merrier

Create a casual atmosphere

Adopt a laugh-ready attitude

Exploit the contagious laugh effect

Provide humorous materials

Remove social inhibitions -- Tickle

Stage social events

(taken from Laughter: a scientific investigation.)

Manventions : from cruise control to cordless drills-- inventions men can't live without
Bobby Mercer.
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2011.
Gas grills. Riding lawn mowers. Pop-top beer cans. Forget fire and arrowheads and the wheel. The best tools invented by man are such wonders as beer, bikinis, and ESPN. And there's more where they came from, in this hilarious look at the stuff real men are made of: Chow and Suds (microwaves, vending machines, Tabasco sauce) Sports and Recreation (golf carts, cleats, shin guards) Household Gadgets (superglue, Swiss Army knives, Duct tape) Fun and Games (Pong, fantasy football, Wii) Out and About (drive-through restaurants, roller coasters, ATM machines) And More! With fun Man-tastic Facts (bits of trivia) and Man-Dates (important dates in manvention history), this book will remind you why it's great being a man!
     
American political cartoons : the evolution of a national identity, 1754-2010
Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop ; with a new chapter by the authors.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, 2011.
Political cartoons have been an integral part of politics and journalism in the United States, from the first political cartoons by Benjamin Franklin in the 1750's to the hundreds of cartoons produced weekly today. The form has become a map of American political evolution. Hess, author of America's Political Dynasties, et al. present a survey of American political cartoons from 1754 to 2010. This book, appealing to those studying art and journalism, tells the story of America's political history through the political cartoons found in newspapers since before the Declaration of Independence. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
Bossypants
Tina Fey.
New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2011.
Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty onSaturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy. Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!
     
Bossypants
Tina Fey.
New York, NY : Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown and Co., 2011.
Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty onSaturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy. Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!
     

A good laugh, grin, or chuckle feels so good.

In fact most adults say they laugh at least once an hour.  

What makes us feel like laughing? Why is laughter the result of a gesture and sound we make and not some other emotional response? And why is something that is funny to one person only a bit amusing to another?

Most people do not think much about laughter, it just happens unconsciously.

 

It is different for those who make their living thinking about laughter.

  • Members of the entertainment field including--comedians, television sitcom writers and film producers--work hard to find ways that will make people laugh.
  • Scientists experiment to find out what goes on in the body when people laugh. Other scientists are attempting to find out if dolphins, dogs, or other animals laugh. Researchers look at the ways individuals use laughter to control anger, fear or other behavior.
  • Medical professionals seek ways to use laughter to ease pain and improve the patient-physician communication.  There is even a name for the study of the relationship of laughter and the brain, gelotology.

The ability to laugh is universal. No matter what age we are, where we live, or the language we speak we laugh. Travelers to other countries may not speak the same language, but all will understand laughter.  No translations are needed.

Look around and observe the power of laughter. Make it a part of your life.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff