Amy Rees Anderson

It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring!

“It is a curious thought, but it’s only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.” – Agatha Christie

Holy cow, how true is that statement?! Seriously when you stop and think about it there is just no denying that when someone let’s their guard down and is willing to be silly and ridiculous it literally makes you like them so much more! I absolutely love people who are willing to put themselves out there, set their fears aside, stop worrying what everyone thinks, and just be fun and ridiculous! It makes me HAPPY!

I love the first person out on the empty dance floor. I love the person who is holding the sign on the side of the road doing a crazy dance. I love the person who is the first one to try something new and the person who will be spontaneous about embracing a new adventure. Why do I love these people? Because silliness is contagious and all it takes is one brave person to start it, and suddenly it spreads to all of the rest of us… that one person gives all of the rest of us the courage to come out of our shells and be silly too. I LOVE people who do that.

We spend too much of our lives acting WAY TOO SERIOUS! We need to be willing to be silly and act ridiculous far more often. And being silly has been scientifically proven to be good for us!

Stuart Brown, the founder of the National Institute for play states, “The impulse to play comes out of our brain stem and limbic system and crafts the brains of all social mammals,” he says. “It makes us flexible under stress and is key to our ability to adapt as a species.” Studies have also shown that play reduces blood pressure, bolsters our immune systems, and makes us more resilient.

Without a doubt, there is a certain happiness in being silly and ridiculous. And as we head into the weekend ahead I suggest that all of us let down our guard, put our inhibitions aside, and get absolutely ridiculous! And remember:

“It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” -Marilyn Monroe

Have a fabulous, silly, ridiculous weekend!

~Amy

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