Are You Laughing


Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Orange who?
Orange you going to answer the door?

Knock Knock!
Who’s there?
Boo who?
Don’t cry; it’s only a knock knock joke.

The Ojibway tribe recognized it. The Old Testament even references the healing properties of humor: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” Although our ancestors couldn’t explain it scientifically, they knew intuitively that laughter was good for the body as well as the soul.

Existing research gives us hope that our old knock-knock jokes aren’t just making people feel better; they actually are making them better.

The good news is that humor has a positive impact on intellectual and emotional functioning. It:

  • Helps put life’s trials and tribulations into healthy perspective by making them seem smaller.
  • Aids us in overcoming fear.
  • Allows us to take ourselves less seriously.
  • Triggers our creativity.
Harold Benjamin, PhD, and founder of the Wellness Community, a support program for those fighting for recovery from cancer, once said, “The more laughter there is, the higher the quality-of-life,and the higher the quality-of-life, the greater the will
What can you do to bring more laughter into your life, and those around you?
  • Do things you used to do as a kid. Go to the Zoo.
  • Make a humor file.  Collect the cartoons and jokes that really make you laugh, and read the file on a regular basis.
  • Buy a whoopee cushion, and prank your co-workers. (see you even smiled when you read this)
  • Take a night, and head to the comedy club.
  • When planning an event, bring in a stand up comedian, a comedy magician or comedy hypnosis show.

Put laughter to use in your life.  You will feel better for it, and so will everyone around you.

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