An old Yiddish proverb says, “What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”
For the last 20 years, I have been carrying this photo in a leather notebook that I bring to emceeing jobs and client meetings. Whenever I need a little lift, I sneak it out and take a look. It makes me feel so happy!
I believe I was attracted to my profession because, even as a young child, I really enjoyed making other people laugh. Not because it made me feel more important or better liked by my family and friends, but just because I enjoyed seeing people laugh and have a good time. I love a funny walk, or a goofy face, or a good joke. Sitting around telling jokes is something that seems to have gone out of fashion, but I will never stop. And they must be told “in person”, not by email or text. The human face and voice are essential elements to good joke telling.
Everyone knows that laughter makes you feel good and puts you in high spirits, but did you also know that laughter actually causes physiological responses that protect the body from disease and help your vital organs repair themselves? A good laugh can be compared to a mild workout, as it exercises the muscles, gets the blood flowing, decreases blood pressure and stress hormones,
Josh Billings says, “Laughter is the fireworks of the soul.” It’s true!! There are great health benefits from laughing as it strengthens your immune system, triggers the release of endorphins that lifts your mood, helps protect your heart and diminishes pain while protecting you by reducing the effects of stress. The ability to laugh is a powerful health resource, mentally, emotionally and physically. And it is a powerful agent in keeping relationships healthy. Studies have shown that a strong, positive bond is created when we laugh with one another.
So when was the last time you remember laughing out loud? Hopefully you are one of the fortunate ones that has enjoyed the delights of laughing recently – and the powerful preventive benefits its joy offers. There is so much to love about laughter. Give me a call and I’ll tell you a great joke. I’ve got a million of ‘em!