Did yesterday’s blog get you started on the road to simplifying your life and helping you on your way to wellness? I’ve been thinking about how to divest myself of some of the material objects I’ve collected over the years. Jackie (my wife) would love for me to get rid of some of my books, but I’ve been very stubborn about it; I plan on reading all four thousand of them, knowing full well that I probably won’t be reading the 223 books per year necessary (based on my life expectancy.)
Looking through the books that I’ve already read, I found one from The British Association For The Advancement Of Science, entitled “Laughlab: The Scientific Quest for the World’s Funniest Joke” The book describes a scientific search for the world’s funniest joke; it not only finds that joke, but lists the funniest jokes country by country and occupation by occupation. Click here for some of the results.
Reading the book made me think of Dr. Norman Cousins, editor of The Saturday Review, who reportedly laughed himself back to health from near death. At the time, some critics questioned the efficacy of laughter in effecting a cure for his illness, but now expert opinion and that of the popular press seem to have changed somewhat:
Mayo Clinic American Heart Association NCBI/NIH
UPMC NBC News Medical News Today CTCA
I feel that I should include this warning about laughing too much or too hard, reported in The British Medical Journal. The article also states that most of us don’t need to worry about over-laughing.
Actually, when I think about the number and seriousness of the possible side effects listed for any one of my prescription medications, it seems to me that laughter isn’t only one of the best medicines, it’s also one of the safest. With that in mind, I give you links to some of my favorite comic routines and movie scenes. As a bonus, I am including links to some jokes:
“Who’s On First?” “What’s Up, Doc?”
“Singing In The Rain”
Victor Borge Rindercella “I Love Lucy” “Monty Python“
From “Best Life”- FunnyClean Jokes and Funniest SitCom Jokes
I hope some of these clips and jokes make you laugh. Thanks for reading and joining me in my quest for wellness.
See you tomorrow!