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Finding Humor

  • Why can’t you iron a four-leaf clover? Because you shouldn’t press your luck!
  • What has three feet but can’t walk? A yardstick
  • How many months have 28 days? All 12
  • What is 5Q + 5Q? 10Q…and you’re welcome!

Humor works quickly. Less than a half-second after exposure to something funny an electrical wave moves through the higher brain functions of the cerebral cortex. The left hemisphere analyzes the words and structures of the joke; the right hemisphere “gets” the joke; the visual sensory area of the occipital lobe creates images; the limbic (emotional) system makes you happier; and the motor sections make you smile or laugh. Wow, what a neurological phenomenon! Finding humor makes our heart, mind, body, and soul laugh. Therefore, laughing makes us smarter. More importantly, sometimes it can help us calm down and react to situations with a more appropriate disposition. What is the best joke you can tell your child?  Knock-knock – Who’s there? Olive – Olive who?  I love You!

Let’s practice this week:

  • Heart – the next time your kids are bickering, make them hug for 30 seconds.
  • Mind – create a new knock knock jokes.
  • Body – exaggerate facial expressions body posture to make a point.
  • Soul – read the funny pages.

“He who laughs, lasts.” – Mary Pettibone Poole

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” – Mark Twain

“Warning: Humor may be hazardous to your illness.” – Ellie Katz

Learning Links

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