Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Stress Buster

These are stressful times as Americans and others vitally interested in American government policies ponder the damage caused by pronouncements emanating from the White House and quiver at thoughts of what is yet to come.

Responding to the excessive worry, experts in the workings of the human mind have produced hundreds of words of advice on how to cope with stress. Ideas range from hugging your puppy to taking a strenuous run through the park. So far, only a few I've read have suggested a hearty laugh.

Yet laughter can be good medicine in trying times. It was years ago when I was one of about 100 college students taking the final exam in Psychology 101. The multiple-choice test would determine a full half of our grade for the course. The lecturer was a newly appointed PhD who brought lots of enthusiasm to his task. He was serious about his work and had presented a ton of information. No one thought the final would be a snap.

Sure enough, there was dead silence in the lecture hall and sweat popped forth on more that a few foreheads as we started work on the problems. But after about 20 minutes a few snickers were heard. Then mild laughter filled the hall, followed finally by raucous guffaws.

Most of the students had reached the tenth question:

     "10. The Fallopian tubes are:"

And read the third choice:

     "Subways in Rome."

Arrivederci, stress.


Tom Sightings said...

Hilarious ... no wonder that one sticks in your mind.

Anonymous said...

Very funny! I also like the additional message from one of my favorites.....MAXINE!

Little Bug

Ramana Rajgopaul said...

Brilliant sense of humour!

PiedType said...

Those were the professors we loved and remembered! And dear Maxine. Don't know what I'd do without her.

Every year my tax lady sends a checklist of all the forms I'll need -- 1099, 1098, car registration, etc. A page-long list. And somewhere in the middle is always ... "14. Sense of humor." Not as effective now as it was the first year, but I always appreciate it.

joared said...

Funny! I've long been a believer in laughter being the best medicine. Of course, science has revealed healing endorphins are released into our bodies when we laugh. So, keep laughing!

Anonymous said...

"Laugh and the world laughs with you.
Snore and you sleep alone"
... Anthony Burgess