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15 Facts You Didn’t Know About Laughter 

Laughing is an action that can be looked at physiologically, psychologically, and socially. Physiologically, we know that we laugh because our bodies release a physical reaction from our respiratory system that lets out an auditory sound similar to “ha-ha” or “he-he” (Stearns, 1972). Psychologically, we most often laugh because we are confronted with some positive emotion, such as joy or amusement. However, laughing may also be a psychological response when we are surprised or embarrassed (Gregory, 2013). And from a social context and human behavior standpoint, laughter is often triggered by positive interactions with other humans which can offer bonding, emotional intimacy, and acceptance from others (Scott et al., 2014). ​  Laughter research suggests that the evolution of human laughter began more than ten million…

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Is Your Humor Deeper than a Holler?

(Before reading on, please note that the term “holler” in this article does not refer to giving a loud shout or cry. Instead, it’s a phrase that stems from my family roots in West Virginia and it means a remote road or area. Try to visualize a valley, a dirt road, and a dip in the land…) I once got stuck in a holler. It was during my early 20s and it was an experience that challenged my ability to embrace humor. Here is a moment-by-moment synopsis of the entire experience. (If you are wondering at the end if it’s all true, yep, every single detail!)  When I realized that my car was stuck in a holler during a trip home from West Virginia (to…

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What Does It Mean to Be Vulnerable? 

What exactly is vulnerability and can it help us in daily life?   There are a lot of ways to define vulnerability. The term, ‘vulnerable’ means to be susceptible to harm. Another way to describe vulnerability could be “at-risk”. At the root of it, this harm comes from your emotional experiences. Being emotionally vulnerable involves the process of acknowledging your emotions, especially those that are uncomfortable or painful.   Acknowledging painful emotions can be difficult because it is human nature to avoid experiences that hurt us. Oftentimes, instead of fully experiencing and acknowledging an unpleasant emotional experience, we may do things that help distract us. For instance, when you feel sad, you may call a friend for emotional support and ask for advice. When you feel angry,…

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Music and Spirituality

Music has the ability to convey messages of greater meaning that can unify and allow us to recognize one another’s humanity. A song is a shared story, an opportunity to know we are not alone, and to learn from one another. It can be perceived as a prayer, a prophetic message, a call to action, and a life philosophy.

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Stop Riding Life on the Default Setting

It might not be obvious to any of us on a day to day basis, but the world has radically shifted in the last 50 years. We’re watching as understood norms and structures are collapsing right before our eyes – either through corruption or a mass awakening or both.  Is college really the best way to get a higher education?Is the American dream of buying a home with two kids and a white picket fence really sustainable?Do the police actually protect us or are they a part of the problem we see today?Is Democracy stable against tyranny and uprising?Do we really need banks and intermediaries or can we democratize and digitize money?Why do we think staying in the same career for 30+ years is the…

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A Simple 4-Step Approach to Building a Grateful and Empowered Environment

As we look forward to family, food and a little break from our regularly scheduled programs this week, I find it hard not to shine a light on the benefits of being grateful. Since most things you read this week will be focused on gratitude, my thoughts leading up to this Tip threw me back to the post-training practice ritual we used for years with our teams. This is a simple, yet powerful way to end any training session or meeting and send the participants, no matter what their age, off with a shot of positive emotion. Each day, our practice plan included a “quote of the day.” Each day’s quote was chosen intentionally to fit the time of the season, the goal of the…

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