It’s well known that laughter is good for your mental health so being silly must also qualify. So today’s post is devoted to my recent silliness.
We bought a cover for a patio heater. Covered, it reminded me so much of an alien, I couldn’t resist enhancing that impression. He stands on our deck just outside the sliding glass doors in our family room. Every time I pass I smile.
I think it all started with the launch party of my new book, Lower World. I decorated with jellyfish balloons, removed the handle from a duster that reminded me of a sea cucumber, stuffed a balloon to create a cock-eyed squid, and bought balls that not only look like sea urchins, they bio-luminesce as many of the creatures in the ocean deep are wont to do including my characters.
Several years ago, my daughter’s gift was a collection of starfish and other shells for an ocean theme for our tree. I found some shells in centerpieces that made perfect jellyfish bodies so now our tree sports jellyfish as well.
Tonight is kind of a silly night at my book club as we decided to wear ugly Christmas sweaters only to learn that today is indeed ugly sweater day. My hostess wants us to wear fancy slippers so I attached them to my plain jane old black isotoners.
Click on the first website below if you like, and learn about the limbic system and how the amygdala and the hippocampus are involved in laughter, the second related to a study of habits. Or, you can take my word for it that the silliness lifted my spirits.
“Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy.” .Catherine Rippenger Fenwick
So try a little silly right this very moment and chase the many world troubles away for another day.