Down Time – The Healthy Mind Platter (4/8)


Daily Life, Neuroscience, Theoretics


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Downtime – Disconnecting for integration and insight When explaining “down time” in workshops we found that this is the most counterintuitive component of the Healthy Mind Platter and needs quite a bit of explaining. “Down time” does not correspond with “leisure time” exactly, which is a much broader term which may refer to hobbies and sports. in the Healthy Mind Platter hobbies are more likely to come under “focus time” and sports under “physical time”. With down time we refer to a very specific type of “activity”:

Improving Your Sense of Humour


Daily Life, Humour, Laughter, Theoretics


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A good sense of humour can make you the life of the party. Maybe you’re looking to be the fun one in your friend group, make a cute girl in your class laugh, or impress your new coworker. No matter your reasons, you can become a funnier person by using different forms of comedy, practicing, and using your body language. You’ll have everyone roaring with laughter before you know it!

Play Time – The Healthy Mind Platter (3/8)


Daily Life, Neuroscience, Theoretics


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Play time – The joy of experimenting with life Play, which may seem like a frivolous, unimportant behavior with no apparent purpose, has earned new respect as biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists and others see that play is indeed serious business and is perhaps equally important to other basic drives of sleep, rest, and food. Neuroscience research reveals that play-joy is a basic emotional system and essential in child development and adult creativity and learning. It has been suggested that play is an important behavioral tendency that does not require learning, is an “experience-expectant” process that has adaptive neurodevelopmental effects which promote later adaptive behaviors and which help program higher brain regions involved in emotional behaviors.

Humour Skills for Surviving Anything


Humour, Laughter, Theoretics


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You’ve got to be kidding!” Have you heard yourself saying these words more often than you used to? You hear about the latest cutbacks, reorganization or mergers and your first statement of disbelief is: “You’ve got to be kidding.” That reflex response provides a clue for how you can survive the stress and chaos created by managed care. Your sense of humour and an ability to laugh can nurture and protect your body, mind, and spirit during these times of rapid change. “A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the unbearable.”

Developing your Sense of Humour


Daily Life, Humour, Laughter, Theoretics


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Your sense of humour has been developing since you were born. It has developed in stride with all your cognition, and has been shaped by your upbringing. You might laugh at the same things your parents do, and you might have difficulty understanding humour outside of the range of your familial and social background. Even within your familial context, you aren’t likely to be in on every joke.