What chocoholic wouldn’t want to work in a Chocolate Factory? It seemed like a good idea to Lucy and Ethel. They’re timeless comedy still makes me cackle like a goose.
Whenever I’m sick with the flu and forced to spend a day in bed, I Love Lucy or other sitcoms are a sure-fire remedy for making me feel better. Okay, chicken noodle soup also helps. After a day of napping, giggling, chuckling, and slurping, I’m generally good to go again.
I think deep down we all crave laughter in our lives. It makes us feel good. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. Humor helps us get through difficult situations, giving us courage, strength and renewed hope. A good laugh shakes us up, exercising and massaging our internal organs. It boosts our immune system, lowers blood pressure and relieves stress.
Years ago I prepared a small laughter album, full of various comic strips I’d cut out of newspapers or printed off the web. It included family favorites like Marmaduke, Ziggy, Peanuts and Dennis the Menace. Dilbert had real zingers for the corporate world, making them popular additions to the album. I had the scrapbook sitting in my office for anyone to browse while waiting for a meeting to begin. It guaranteed our conversation would start with a smile.
Humor is tricky though. It’s personal and what I find hilarious may make you cringe. I do appreciate those with the gift of funny and who know the perfect time to crack a joke and when to remain silent. And then there are the rest of us, me included. We would fail miserably at a comedy improve class, but we hope our infectious laughs make up for it.
A man found a bottle on the beach. He opened it and out popped a genie, who gave the man three wishes. The man wished for a million dollars, and poof! There was a million dollars. Then he wished for a convertible, and poof! There was a convertible. And then, he wished he could be irresistible to all women… Poof! He turned into a box of chocolates.
So the next time you see me in a funk, make me laugh or offer me some chocolate – that works too.
Have a great day everyone!