In 1976, comedian and author Larry Wilde founded National Humor Month. His intention: Share the therapeutic benefits of humor with the world.
Humor plays an essential role in our overall health. Everything from a giggle to a deep-rooted belly laugh can improve the quality of our lives. The benefits include lowering blood pressure, reducing stress hormone levels, triggering the release of endorphins, and improving cardiac health.
One study conducted by Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at the Loma Linda University in California suggests that laughter can even help tone our abs. When we laugh, the muscles in our stomachs expand and contract, similar to when we intentionally exercise our abs.
Here are five of my favorite jokes. Take a few minutes to giggle/belly laugh and work your abs at the same time. Feel free to share these jokes at the dinner table, water cooler, or your next Toastmaster meeting.
A young couple invited their aged parson for Sunday dinner.
While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having.
“Goat,” the little boy replied.
“Goat?” replied the startled man of the cloth, “Are you sure about that?”
“Yep,” said the youngster. “I heard Pa say to Ma, ‘Might as well have the old goat for dinner today as any other day.’”Two little boys were best friends at church, but they both had a reputation for getting into trouble. One Sunday, one of the boys was sick and stayed home. The other boy went to church and was twice as bad as normal.
After church, the pastor grabbed him and asked in an angry voice, “Where’s God?”
The little boy was frightened and didn’t know what to say.
The pastor continued, “I want you to go home and think about it. I don’t want you to come back until you can tell me where God is.”
The boy went home and called his sick friend on the telephone. “Guess what,” he said. “They’ve lost God, and they’re trying to blame that one on us, too.”A woman invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to her six-year-old daughter and asked her to say the blessing.
“I don’t know what to say,” the little girl replied.
“Just say what you hear Mommy say.”
The daughter bowed her head. “Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”Jared and Yvonne, both in their early 60s, were in a restaurant celebrating their ruby wedding anniversary. Suddenly, a tiny fairy appeared on their table. She said, “For being such an exemplary married couple for these past forty years, I will grant you each a wish.”
Yvonne answered, “I want to travel around the world with my husband.” The fairy waved her magic wand and–poof–two luxury cruise ship tickets appeared.
Jared thought for a moment. “Well, this is all very romantic,” he said sheepishly, “but an opportunity like this will never come again. I’m sorry love, but I want a wife 30 years younger than me.”
The fairy was deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish. So, she waved her magic wand and–poof–Jared became 92 years old.Frustrated, a woman asked her doctor for advice. “My husband has a habit of talking in his sleep. Is there anything I can give him to cure this problem?
The doctor replied, “Give him an opportunity to speak when he is awake.”