Time to Put on Your Party Pants

Time to Put on Your Party Pants

Time to Put on Your Party Pants

Chances are, you know a lot of people.  Some of them you work with, some are family or friends, and many of them are simply acquaintances.  Of all of the people you know, how many would you consider “uptight”?

I don’t know about you, but I know quite a few uptight people that seem to have lost their sense of humor somewhere along the way. In a day and age where we have more to do than time to do it, lots of stress, and competing priorities, having a sense of humor isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity.

In a day and age where we have more to do than time to do it, lots of stress, and competing priorities, having a sense of humor isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity.

Did you know that people with a sense of humor live longer, get sick less, earn more, and are actually better looking?  Research has proven that laughter boosts the immune system, relaxes the body, and even protects the heart!

It’s time to put on your party pants!  Lighten up, laugh, and have some fun.  Whether your find your laughter through being around friends, going to comedy clubs, watching funny movies, or just being goofy, don’t underestimate the power of a belly laugh and a sense of humor.  If you live in or around Austin, check out the Moon Tower Comedy Festival.

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I played piano from the time I was four years old until the age of 15 and during that time, I had a lot of recitals. I remember being so nervous before each recital. What if I played the wrong note? What if I forgot the music? My dad would look at me, hold my hands, and say:

Whatever you do, DO NOT think of pink elephants!!

At the time, I had no idea why in the world he would say this. All I do know is that when I sat down to play, all I saw were pink elephants, and I was able to tackle my nerves.

Turns out my dad was helping me to practice the ironic process theory which explains that when we try to suppress our thoughts, we focus on them even more. Seventy to 80% of our thoughts are negative and repetitive. If not managed, intrusive thoughts can lead to anxiety, depression, and a whole host of mental health challenges.

If you tend to get stuck in rumination, or if your thoughts sometimes get the best of you, here are a few ways to take back control:

1️⃣ Recognize that your thoughts are not facts.
2️⃣ Use your brain. Do a math problem, practice a different language, or play a puzzle game. When you access the prefrontal cortex, the higher level thinking part of your brain, you get out of the emotional limbic system.
3️⃣ Distract yourself. Sometimes a simple distraction gives you enough distance to quiet your intrusive thoughts.
4️⃣ Practice mindfulness.
5️⃣ See a therapist. When negative, intrusive thoughts impact your ability to do your job, maintain relationships, or start clouding your judgment, it may be time to get help. As someone with plenty of intrusive thoughts, therapy has helped me tremendously.

Don’t forget, your thoughts and feelings are not facts. They are simply habits that need to be shifted. Be patient with yourself, and if all else fails, whatever you do, DO NOT THINK OF PINK ELEPHANTS!

Pets provide a deep sense connection and unconditional love. I don’t know what I’d do without without these two nut jobs! Happy National Love Your Pet Day! ❤️🐶 #mindfulmonday #mindfulness #petsnuggles #ilovemydogs #petsofinstagram #nationalloveyourpetday ...

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Anne shares practical strategies that can be applied both personally and professionally to improve relationships, navigate change, and triumph over adversity. And she’ll make you laugh while she does it. Anne is a two time TEDx speaker, and her work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fast Company and Inc. magazines, CNN, ESPN, and FOX Business. She is the best selling author of 3 books. Her newest, Mind Over Moment: Harness the Power of Resilience, is available on Amazon now.


  1. It is great to know that having a sense of humor makes me “good looking.” The video is great, thanks for sharing. The ending was fantastic.

  2. I love how freely he danced around! Without a care of what other people thought about him. And that he knew to bow is hilarious! Thank you for sharing that video. Saturday night I was up late with my 2 teenage daughters and I was overly tired and got all giggly with them. I love it when that happens.

  3. Put on your party pants!!! Want to see you wearing yours the next time you speak to our group! (I’ll wear mine if you’ll wear yours!)

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