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REALIZE

C E L E B R AT E

Humor with

Marie Levey-Pabst

Laughter is good for your health—and your soul.

T

he link between laughter and creativity has been documented by psychologists and researchers who study humor (yes, that is a real job, and one that I

would love to have). For example, researchers at MIT found that improvisational comedy artists have higher levels of idea generation (a creativity marker)!

P L AY G A M E S Nothing brings out laughter from a group of adults like a rousing game of Cards Against Humanity or a classic like Charades. Bring out the games next time you are with friends (or kids). Maybe it’s Bananagrams, Taboo, Settlers of Catan or Connect Four. Whatever your jam, bring on the fun. Start a monthly game night

Essentially, when we engage with humor we make unexpected

with friends and/or family. The structure of a game provides

connections: a hallmark of creativity. Enjoying funny stuff primes

opportunity for absurdity, sarcasm, or just good plain fun that

our creative pump. And it’s also just plain FUN!

makes us all laugh. (Of course, adult beverages can only add to the whimsy)!

Hopefully you’re already getting plenty of laughter into your day. Still, a bit more can only add more joy, creativity and whimsy into your life. Here are some of my favorite go-tos when I need a chuckle, and the creative boost that comes with it.

GO LIVE! More and more improv comedy groups are popping up in cities and towns across the nation. Search for an improv show or

LAUGH OUT LOUD

class near you. You can go to a show and support local comedic

Watching comedies lets us escape some of the seriousness of

Silverman. Take an improv comedy class and learn the amazing

life. Reading a funny book gives us insight into the absurdities

opportunities and laughs that come when you respond “Yes, and.”

actors who might even be the next Stephen Colbert or Sarah

of work, parenthood, marriage and all the rest. No matter your personal sense of humor, there are plenty of funny people out there who are putting out great material to enjoy. (Check out some recommendations from TPY folks at the end of this article!)

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The Perpetual You_Joy through Whimsy  

Featuring Connecticut creatives Ave Rivera, Ann Marie Drury, Margit Fish, and Kellie Semmelrock

The Perpetual You_Joy through Whimsy  

Featuring Connecticut creatives Ave Rivera, Ann Marie Drury, Margit Fish, and Kellie Semmelrock