The Station Wagon podcast: Seattle - Snoqualmie - Olympia: Episode 29: Giving up Humor

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Episode 29: Giving up Humor

"Humor is just another defense against the universe" - Mel Brooks

So check it out. In this episode we give up humor, our usual defense against the universe. Instead we pick up flamethrowers and big guns ala Aliens - spoiler alert- humor would've been more effective. Here's some keywords that crop up during this episode: yucky, Hebrew, impulse control, and career limiting. Among all the great points to learn, here's one keynote from Julie: When you have something that happens that makes your family laugh, write it down, share it, and revisit. Remembering funny family events is better for improving relationship satisfaction than remembering “important” family events.


Proverbs, Chapter 17:22

A happy heart enhances one's brilliance, and a broken spirit dries the bones.

Dr. William F. Fry, a professor of Psychology at Stanford University, California, was the first scientist to suggest in 1964 that laughter was a suitable field of study and the first to apply for public funding (See
Anatomy of an Illness was the first book by a patient that spoke to our current interest in taking charge of our own health. It started the revolution in patients working with their doctors and using humor to boost their bodies' capacity for healing.
Jerry Schwarz, in a post on Usenet, wrote:

“Avoid sarcasm and facetious remarks.
Without the voice inflection and body language of personal communication these are easily misinterpreted. A sideways smile, :-), has become widely accepted on the net as an indication that "I'm only kidding". If you submit a satiric item without this symbol, no matter how obvious the satire is to you, do not be surprised if people take it seriously.”[5]
In Dernovich v. City of Great Falls, Mont. Hum. Rts. Comm'n No. 9401006004 (Nov. 28, 1995), The Montana Human Rights Commission found favor with a complainant who was only indirectly offended by off-color jokes.

Laughter Yoga. Laughter Yoga is a new form of exercise akin to internal jogging that promotes the use of laughter as a form of physical exercise.  It was created in India in the mid-1990s. Laughter Yoga owes its success to having greatly simplified and made accessible to the common man the teachings of earlier laughter pioneers. It quickly grew as a grassroots social movement of independent community laughter clubs, promoting the ideal of a non-political, non-religious, non-racial, non-threatening, and non-competitive voluntary (simulated) approach to laughter.
624 jobs in Seattle with the keyphrase “Sense of Humor” in the job description. For example:
  1. Cafe and Cheese Counter Associate Beecher's Pike Place
  2. Developer Content Manager, Alexa Skills
  3. Senior Program Officer, Malaria Vaccines



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