There’s a little part of your brain called the reticular activating system (ARAS) which acts as a filter for finding funny!
When you make finding humor intentional, your brain will start showing you things you’ve found amusing in the past.
It’s kind of like the internet!
Have you ever been shopping for something on the internet? Let’s say some shoes.
You do your research and think about buying them. Then decide, well…I really don’t have the cash flow right now; I think I’ll hold off.
Then you close the page and go to one of your favorite news websites…
BOOM! There’s an ad with those shoes staring right at you!
That’s kind of what the reticular activating system is doing for your brain. Oh, you found something funny over here, well check this out!
The key is to be intentional!
If you set your intention on seeing more humor, your reticular activating system will show it to you more often!
Pretty cool if you ask me!
If you want to read more about the reticular activating system…here’s a fun article for my fellow neuro-nerds!
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Karyn Buxman is a TEDx speaker, author, and neurohumorist (she lives at the intersection of humor and the brain.) A pioneer in the emerging science of applied humor, Karyn helps high performers expand their influence, strengthen their relationships, and boost their resilience. From the Mayo Clinic to the Million Dollar Round Table, organizations around the world hire Karyn to educate, inspire, and entertain their audiences again and again. She’s one of 194 people (and only 43 women) in the world to be inducted into the National Speakers Association's Speaker Hall of Fame. Her latest book, Funny Means Money will be published by Forbes in 2019. Karyn is serious about humor!