Humor doesn’t just tickle the funny bone. Our guffaws and yuks also ramp up the dopamine sources in our brains. When Palin, a politician with a bachelor’s degree in communications, claims to be “as much of a scientist as Bill Nye”, with a degree in mechanical engineering, who did innovative engineering for Boeing , is one of the developers of The Planetary Society’s remarkable solar sail technology, and has spent decades working in science advocacy and education, all we can do is enjoy a hardy laugh.
But the laughter, compliments of Palin’s comment, is more than just ridiculous fun. It also:
Boosts our immune function
Supports healthy blood pressure
Encourages sound sleep
So, Sarah, stay goofy, and thank you!