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Human beings love to laugh, and the average adult laughs 17 times a day. Humans love to laugh so much that there are actually industries built around laughter. Jokes, sitcoms and comedians are all designed to get us laughing, because laughing feels good. For us it seems so natural, but the funny thing is that humans are one of the only species that laughs. Laughter is actually a complex response that involves many of the same skills used in solving problems. Or so it is said.  I laugh a lot about a lot of things so you’d think I’d do a better job solving my time management problems!  Maybe it’s because I laugh instead of taking time to solve problems.  laugh1

Laugh experts claim that laughter causes the body to release into the bloodstream high concentrations of different hormones and neuropeptides related to feelings of happiness, bonding, tolerance, generosity, compassion and unconditional love.

This stuff precludes the production of other hormones and neuropeptides that are related to feelings of hatred, fear, violence, jealousy, aggression and the emotions associated with war and oppression. Experts claim it is impossible to sustain feelings of hate and the desire to fight with someone with whom you are laughing unconditionally. Another reason I couldn’t be a ruthless dictator.  People and everyday occurrences too often make me laugh. That, and I have no armies to follow me.

Ok, you might be saying, (if you are still reading, that is.) “Why do I care why I laugh?  Just make me laugh, I dare you!”

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE will be on QCT’s stage May 12-15 and May 20-22, 2016.  You may recognize the characters and you may empathize with some of them. Or the characters may be totally foreign to you. But either way, you will laugh!

I challenge you to take some time away from yard work, school graduations and solving all those problems. Come to Quincy Community Theatre to see VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE . This show is sponsored by Quincy Medical Group and Golden Bridges and is supported by the greatest audiences in the world.

So, in closing:  Let the neuropeptides flow! But, don’t forget, let’s be careful out there.



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