Category: Laughter

The Marshmallow Test

The Marshmallow Challenge
By: Vanessa Romero
All work and no play, makes Tom and I, sort of duds.
We are both very focused and driven people. Perhaps a bit serious. And also very competitive. Sometimes, competitive with each other.
We’ve been working side-by-side in our network marketing business for almost two years. And what happens when two very focused, driven people work side-by-side, is fun often falls to the wayside.
Last night I was laying in bed watching some funny YouTube videos. And came upon the Marshmallow Challenge.
Tom had already fallen asleep and I was laughing so hard watching these videos the bed was shaking. Tom kept going, “honey stooooooop” and I was like, “nooooooo this is hilarious!”
After we did our morning church, I made Tom watch these videos and then sent him to Whole Foods to get marshmallows as we were going to take the challenge.
Before we talk about the Marshmallow Challenge, let’s talk a little bit about the importance of having fun and laughing and how it’s beneficial for our health.
It’s often said that laugher is the best medicine. And research supports this. We actually get a hormonal benefit from laughing especially as it relates to our immune system.
In addition to the immune boosting benefits – laughter lowers stress hormones and decreases pain, increases life satisfaction, eases fear and anxiety, improves mood, enhances resilience, diffuses conflict, strengthens relationships, and attracts us to other.
Now onto the Marshmallow Challenge!
Neither one of us remembers the last time we actually had a marshmallow. We’re not actually going to eat them though.
We are going to put them in our mouth one by one and then say the phrase “chubby bunny”. The person with the the most marshmallows in their mouth and says the phrase wins the Marshmallow Challenge!
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So why do they say: “Laughter is the best medicine?”
On April 22, 2014, posted this article.
A little laughter can go a long way, a new study reveals. Laughter-is-the-Best-Medicine
We all know the mood-boosting benefits of a good laugh, but researchers at California’s Loma Linda University set out to find out if humor can deliver more than just comic relief. The study looked at 20 healthy older adults in their 60s and 70s, measuring their stress levels and short-term memory.
One group was asked to sit silently, not talking, reading using their cellphones, while the other group watched funny videos.
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