Humor does not diminish the pain – it makes the space around it get bigger.
I’ve always been a jokester. As I’ve written my boyhood best friend (bbf) and I were always cut ups and “the biggest fans of one another’s comedic skills.” Comedy was our forte’! (So we thought.) I like to laugh. I pity anyone who doesn’t. Hard to believe there are people around who don’t much care for laughter… having a good time… a sense of humor. So it seems anyway.
There’s real power in humor and laughter. They entertain us and make us feel good. Laughter they say is the best medicine. Laughter heals, alleviates pain, relieves stress and anxiety. Researchers say humor is anti-aging and helps us live longer… and there’s more.
However, those powers of humor and laughter for many of us are slipping away. Maybe it comes with age, we become way too serious. Children tend to laugh a lot more than adults. You’ve probably noticed.
The International Congress on Humor (who knew?) found that laughter is down as much as 82% from the 1950’s. In those days people laughed on average 18 minutes a day. Today, it’s between 4-6 minutes a day. I guess laughter isn’t as much fun as it used to be. (more…)