“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” The quote from Woody Allen describes the condition that triggers the release of endorphins, our natural feel-good chemicals that promote a sense of well-being and have also been shown to relieve pain. It also triggers the release of milk from one’s nostrils but never mind.
Laughter isn’t just something that I can call forth on demand. I have to be provoked. So what’s the best way to do that?
Methods to call forth laughter
- Go to a comedy club
- Watch a funny movie or TV show.
- Share some ridiculous embarrassing stories from your youth.
- Read a funny book. My husband cried through Bill Bryson’s hiking book.
- Look at Gary Larsen cartoons.
- Seek out funny people – someone who makes you laugh or even those who are good for a chuckle.
- Goof around with your kids.
- Do something outside your comfort zone like hot yoga or karaoke with a friend.
- Host a costume party.
- Do something really silly.
Raw Zucchini Pasta with Marinara Sauce
Adapted from Girl On Raw
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup chopped red capsicum
- 1 cup packed fresh parsley (or basil, if you have it on hand)
- Slightly under 1 cup semi-dried tomatoes
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 4 pitted Medjool dates
- 4 tb thyme-infused extra virgin olive oil which was a much-appreciated thank you gift from your grandparents for having watered their garden and not killed their plants. Or, you know, whatever olive oil you have in your pantry.
- chopped bird’s eye chilli, to taste
- salt and pepper
- dash apple cider vinegar (which I completely forgot, but I’m putting it in the ingredients list because I think it’d be great)
- 1 large zucchini, spiralised
1. Place all ingredients (bar the zucchini) in a food processor and pulse until everything is mixed but not pureed, as you want the sauce to retain some texture. Or, if you’re me, use an immersion blender on the ingredients as they sit together in a large bowl. This will cause red and green flecks of tastiness to leap out of the bowl and come to rest in your ringlets, but it’ll all work out eventually.
2. Top the spiralized zucchini with the marinara sauce.