I see you…don’t deny it….you’re yawning too, right? It’s contagious!
Why am I yawning? I have a very painful jaw (TMJ) and my doctor told me not to eat hard foods, or open my mouth really wide or… yawn. That’s when it all started, the power of suggestion. The more I think about not yawning, the more I do it. Now my dog is joining in. I can’t win.
Why is it so contagious? I have no idea, so I looked it up.
Of course, when you are tired, sleepy or bored, you yawn. That’s a given.
An interesting bit of information I found; it seems early man used yawning as a way of indicating he understood directions from the leader. “Okay, boss. We hunt now. I go that way. Sneak up on mammoth.”
(I’d like to know how someone came up with and can prove that theory.)
Another article said yawning was a way to show empathy. When a person sees another person yawning, he/she also yawns indicating, “Yeah, I feel the same way. I don’t like spinach either.”
The most interesting idea is that yawning cools off your brain. Those little brain cells can get overheated while trying to figure out difficult problems, such as how to format your book for Smashwords. The yawning provides extra oxygen to help the gray matter upstairs to function a little better. Sounds good, but to improve my thinking skills, I need more help than that!
Now that everyone has his/her mouth wide open gulping in massive quantities of air, it’s time to sign off. Want to try something fun? Next time you’re with a group of people, think about yawning. That will get you going and I guarantee you will succeed in getting everyone else to join in the fun with you.