• Mary Foley

[7 Critical Mindset Shifts] Talk is Cheap, Laughter is Priceless


It is soooo easy to feel weary and discouraged in a constantly changing world.


"Laughter is an instant vacation,” said comedian Milton Berle. You get a quick break from your stress, sadness, or challenges because you can’t laugh and feel anxious at the same time. It’s physically and psychologically impossible.


And it’s a vacation you can go on again and again without costing a dime, though the benefits are priceless. You just have to be willing to see the humor around you every day that’s begging to be recognized.


Do everyday happenings make you laugh?


Either my life is hilarious, or I have funny goggles on because I seem to find humor in situations, people, and things almost daily. I bet you do, too, if you’re open to it.


For example, long ago a friend forwarded me an e-mail about the nine words women use with men and what they really mean. That very same day I read about Linda Wolfe, a woman who made the Guinness Book of World Records because she had been married 23 times. Yes, twenty-three times!


It seemed to me these two independent items that came into my life at the same cosmic moment were related. Perhaps Linda’s prior marriages didn’t work because she and he spouse hadn’t quite yet mastered the fine art of vocabulary that my friend sent me. Check this out and you decide:


  1. Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right, and you need to shut up.

  2. Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

  3. Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with Nothing usually end in Fine.

  4. Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't do it!

  5. Loud Sigh: This is not a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about Nothing.

  6. Whatever: Often follows a loud sigh. This is a woman's way of saying “You are a complete idiot not to understand. How did I ever get attracted to you?”

  7. That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a woman can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

  8. Thanks: If a woman says Thanks she is actually thanking you. Do not question, or faint. Just say You're welcome. (Note: If she says Thanks a lot that is pure sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say You’re welcome. That will bring on Whatever.)

  9. Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing, herself. This will later result in a man asking What's wrong? and the woman responding with Nothing.

Laughing yet? Feeling lighter and refreshed to take on what’s in front of you? Great! Keep smiling, and keep noticing the small things in your day that make you laugh.


And if you’re uptight and need a self-imposed laughter vacation, search online for funny animal videos. Works every time.