September 7, 2009

Rest, Relaxation, and Laughter

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. — Kurt Vonnegut

A piece of ragged rope goes into a bar.

“Hey,” the bartender yells, “aren’t you the lasso I kicked out of here last week?”

“‘Fraid not,” says the rope.

Yes, I know — it’s a groaner. But you know I had to do it — there are times when we’re all too solemn for our own good. I’ve been a lover of puns and odd humor all my life. In fact, after a stretch of particularly taxing mental work I find that I get downright silly.

When was the last time you let yourself get silly? Or are you too dignified for all that stuff? I hope not, because laughter is a powerful healing force. You’ve no doubt heard of laughing yoga:

Crazy? Indeed. And watching it cracked me up.

We’re supposed to laugh, and a lot more than most of us manage to do these days.

In my mastermind group last Friday, one of our members had been going through a rough patch. We were listening and offering ideas when he made a comment that another member riffed on, and suddenly we were on a roll. I laughed until I cried. It was wonderful.

You wouldn’t believe how relieved he looked afterward.

So, get out and laugh today. Watch a comedy or listen to your favorite comedian. Even better, find some little children to watch or play with, if they’ll let you. Children are people who have not yet forgotten how to laugh.

And above all remember the wisdom of Groucho Marx:

We must remember that art is art. Well, on the other hand water is water isn’t it? And east is east and west is west. And if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does.

Ah, sweet silliness!

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