Healthy Computing: Chuckles

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A laugh a day keeps the doctor away. It is nature’s antidepressant–
offering another view of reality. A good chuckle or belly laugh is
internal jogging. Laughter and an optimistic perspective may
reduce neck and shoulder tension, lower blood pressure, and enhance immune
function. Promote your health and lighten the office atmosphere with


Simulate laughing. Inhale sharply through your nose and exhale through
your mouth in rapid staccato bursts. As you exhale, stretch your lips
horizontally drawing the corners of your mouth up and back while, at the
same time, keeping your eyes semi-closed, your body very relaxed, and your
head hanging loosely backwards.* Repeat this breathing pattern while
vocalizing, “Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha” until you experience a few chuckles.

Look forward to conflicts and irritations; use them as opportunities to
transform them into a humorous experience. When disagreements occur,
chuckle and ask yourself:
–What would I think about this problem two years from now?
–How would this problem look from the perspective of a four year-old
toddler or your great aunt or uncle?
–How would it look from a dog’s or cat’s perspective?
–What would Dilbert say about the situation?
–Is it worth dying over? If not, marvel, smile and laugh at your ability
to make something seem crucially important even though it is trivial in
the broader cycle of birth and death.

Once a day share a joke chuckle with your coworkers and email your
favorite jokes to friends and HEALTHY COMPUTING (

Here are (hopefully????) some chuckles to groan or enjoy:
–Why you don’t ever see the headline “Psychic Wins Lottery”?
–Why “abbreviated” is such a long word?
–Why doctors call what they do “practice”?
–Why you have to click on “Start” to stop Windows 98?
–Why lemon juice is made with artificial flavor, while dishwashing liquid
is made with real lemons?
–Why the man who invests all your money is called a broker?
–Why there isn’t mouse-flavored cat food?
–Who tastes dog food when it has a “new & improved” flavor?
–Why they don’t make the whole plane out of the same material used for
the indestructible black box?
–Why sheep don’t shrink when it rains?
–Why they are called apartments when they are all stuck together?
–Why they call the airport “the terminal” if flying is so safe?
–If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
–Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to
use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks.
–I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and
I think, “Well, that’s not going to happen.”
–Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying
of nothing.
–The other night I ate at a real family restaurant. Every table had an
argument going.
–Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
–In the 60’s people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is
weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.
–No one is listening until you make a mistake.
–It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning
to others.
–If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car
–Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in his shoes. That
way, when you criticize him, you’re a mile away and hes barefoot.
–If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
–Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

*Adapted from the work by Lemeignan, M., Guitart, P.L., and Bloch, S.

Copyright 2002 Erik Peper, Ph.D. and Katherine Hughes Gibney

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