Many classic jokes start that way. Humor. It leads to laughter, which is good for the body and the soul, especially a fall on the floor, tears in your eyes belly laugh. It’s why comedians who regularly succeed in making us laugh are paid so well.
I’m not talking about humor that denigrates of demeans entire races of people, or blondes, or is based on cruelty in any form towards other people or animals. That kind comes from insecurity, ego, over-sublimating for one’s own sense of inferiority. It comes from the dark side. Its also a subject for another blog….maybe.
I’m going to drop some names of funny people who’ve tickled my funny bone over the years. Folks who earned a good living making fun of themselves or society in general, or human foibles.
Ernie Kovacks, Steve Allen, Jerry Lewis, Charlie Weaver, George Gobel, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor….the list goes on…thankfully. I’m sure you can add your own. If you haven’t heard of some of the jokesters listed, you owe to it yourself to learn more about them. You can have some good chuckles doing so. A sense of humor is one of those things that will help keep afloat in troubled water. And if you can make others laugh, so miuch the better.
Physically, laughter is regulated by the brain, specifically the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and produces endorphins, feel good drugs for which no prescription is necessary. Laughter also dilates blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow, and can reduce stress hormones and enhance the immune system. It truly is the best medicine.
It is also contagious. Whenever I hear someone laughing, especially a baby, it makes me smile. And when we laugh with each other we create an emotional bond which can help resolve difficulties and disagreements down the road.
There are even “laughter yoga” classes spreading across the globe. It has been scientifically proven that 10 minutes of healthy laughter is equal to 30 minutes on a rowing machine.
A few quotes:
“Sometimes I laugh so hard the tears run down my leg.” Anonymous
“Laughter is an instant vacation.” Milton Berle
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Victor Borge
“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.” Yiddish Proverb
“If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.” Proverb
“Laughter is the sun that drives the winter from the human face.” Victor Hugo
‘Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.” Arnold Glasow
“Laughter is an orgasm triggered by the intercourse of sense and nonsense.” Anonymous
“In truth there is humor, and in humor there is truth.” I said that, tho I probably heard or read it somewhere.
“Don’t Worry, be happy.” a song by Bobbie McFerrin, one of my facorites. Treat your self to a smile once in a while. It feels good.