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A Time to Laugh?

Published on Mon, 07/13/2020 - 07:58am
A Time to Laugh?

Is anyone feeling a little stressed out these days? Or maybe a better question is, is there anyone who isn’t feeling stressed out these days? With all the problems in the world, it’s nearly impossible not to feel this way.

Well, maybe it’s time to laugh!

I know what you’re thinking: how could I possibly be talking about laughing at a time like this? Because it is at just times like these that we need laughter the most. According to Psychology Today, laughter activates the secretion of endorphins, dampens stress, eases pain, lowers your blood pressure, and stokes your immune system (something that is especially important right now). Not to mention that it just plain feels good.

Over the past couple of months, I have found myself being drawn to very upbeat things. Rereading Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, listening to the Bee Gees, watching my DVDs of The Facts of Life (one of my favorite shows when I was a kid). For me, what I was seeing on the nightly news and reading on the internet was dark enough. I needed a break.

As part of MCPL’s plan to gradually phase Library services back in, customers can now put holds on physical items and pick them up through curbside service. If you go to the online catalog, you will see that Library staff have been compiling lists of resources on many timely topics. But along with all these important educational materials, we also have the fun stuff.

Want to laugh at Jerry’s show about nothing? Seinfeld is available on DVD. Or how about one of those so-bad-it’s-good movies like Sharknado and its sequels? Or maybe you just want to bop your head for a while to some classic hair metal from the ’80s—there are plenty of CDs just waiting. And don’t forget the Library’s wide variety of fun and frothy romance novels where, unlike real life, unfortunately, a happy ending is always guaranteed.

We also have some great stuff for the kids, including entertaining graphic novels, picture books that will make both child and parent laugh out loud, or maybe one of the many LEGO movies. (Side note: who would have guessed that a bunch of blocks could have inspired so many cinematic possibilities?)

It’s understandable to feel a little guilty about not spending 24 hours a day focusing solely on all the problems that are going on in the world. After all, there are serious and important issues that have gone unaddressed for too long, not to mention a disease that we have not yet got a handle on. Is it really right to take a little time for yourself? Absolutely. Because taking a little time to laugh will help recharge your batteries when you once again head out to tackle the problems of today.

Browse the Library’s online catalog to find the laughter medicine that you need.

Pamela M.
Antioch Branch

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