It is a commonly accepted wisdom that laughter is the best medicine. Researchers in a variety of fields including Economics, Psychology, Business, and of course medical sciences have all looked at laughter/humor and generally find scientific support for the ability of laughter to help us humans heal or deal with pain.
Not sure if science supports it, but I also believe that humor is a great way for children to learn and families to ‘talk’. This was evident this past Christmas for our household as we sat down to brunch, lit our advent candles, said a prayer of thanks and did our holiday poppers (aka. Christmas Crackers). These were great poppers with great paper crowns, little toys and a joke which we each read out loud. This helped keep the mood festive and the conversation flowing despite the weight of my step-fathers recently confirmed terminal illness that will probably take his physical being from us in a few weeks.
The popper jokes were a perfect ‘happy pill’ for me and I thought I’d share them here and hope they bring you a bit of joy and conversation.
Q. How do snails keep their shells shiny?
A. They use snail varnish
Q. What do you get if you cross a stereo with a refrigerator?
A. Cool Music
Q. Where should a dressmaker build her house?
A. On the outskirts
Q. What has a bed but does not sleep, and a mouth but does not speak?
A. A river
P.S. In referencing and linking for this post I came across this joke that was officially selected as the funniest joke in the United Kingdom and it will stimulate much spontaneous laughter.
A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: “That’s the ugliest baby that I’ve ever seen. Ugh!” The woman goes to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: “The driver just insulted me!” The man says: “You go right up there and tell him off—go ahead, I’ll hold your monkey for you.”