My hope was that a morning laughfest would set a positive, even rollicking, tone for the day.
I turned to Winning With One-Liners which was compiled by Pat Williams.
In his book, Williams did what I have done in my articles, he stole material from some very funny people. Here are just two examples from Winning With One-Liners . . .
- “Well, Jerry,” said his father as he glanced at his report card, “one thing that’s in your favor is that with grades like these, you couldn’t possibly be cheating.”
“Mom, why am I the tallest kid in third grade. Is it because I’m Irish?”
“No, it’s because you’re eighteen.”
And one more for good measure . . .
- Teacher: “What’s a supervisor?”
Student: “It’s something that Superman wears to keep the sun out of his eyes.”
Oh, hell, one more, these things are addictive . . .
- He’s so rich that, when he flies, his wallet is considered carry-on luggage.
I’m not sure I actually laughed at any of these, but they certainly made me smile and buoyed my spirits. Mission accomplished.
Did you know that laughter has actual physical benefits? Studies have shown that it boosts your immunity, lowers stress hormones, decreases pain, relaxes muscles and even prevents heart disease. Maybe doctors should have shticks that are not tongue depressors.
There are also mental health benefits. Laughter adds joy and zest to life, eases anxiety and fear, relieves stress, improves mood and enhances resilience. Wow, I’m going to start taking two puns three times a day with meals.
And, to finish the trifecta, laughter also has social benefits. It strengthens relationships, attracts others to us, enhances teamwork, helps defuse conflict and promotes group bonding.
Having mastered the benefits of laughter, I think that tomorrow I will go after the benefits of exercise. But taking up gymnastics may be harder than I thought. I just learned that parallel bars are not two taverns across the street from each other.