It has always been my philosophy that if one bad joke is lame, then ten bad jokes told quickly is funny, so hold on to your hats…
Q: How did the little Scottish dog feel when he saw a monster? A: Terrier-fied!
Q: Why did the dog cross the road? A: To get to the "barking" lot!
Q: What is it called when a cat wins a dog show? A: A CAT-HAS-TROPHY!
Q: What kind of dog does Dracula have? A: A bloodhound!
Q: What happened when the dog went to the flea circus? A: He stole the show!
Q: What do you get if you cross a gold dog with a telephone? A: A golden receiver!
Q: What do my dog and my phone have in common? A: They both have collar I.D.
Q: What do you get if you cross a Beatle and an Australian dog? A: Dingo Starr!
Q: What do you call a dog magician? A: A labracadabrador.
Q: What do you get when you cross a race dog with a bumblebee? A: a Greyhound Buzz.
Q: What do you call a large dog that meditates? A: An Aware wolf.
Hopefully I got a chuckle or two from some of you, or at least your momentary attention. Why, you may be wondering, has this “Me moment” gone so terribly "stand up comic meets talent show"? Well, for the April fools, of course, and a bit of a laugh... cause it’s good for you.
It’s true. The therapeutic value of laughter in medicine was published in December, 2010 from The Organización Mundial de la Risa, in Barcelona, Spain and they concluded that:
“Laughter has shown physiological, psychological, social, spiritual, and quality-of-life benefits. Adverse effects are very limited, and laughter is practically lacking in contraindications.”
Ha, “practically lacking in contraindications.” I can think of two contraindications and only one of them is a spit take. (Contraindication: something (such as a symptom or condition) that is a medical reason for NOT doing or using something (such as a treatment, procedure, or activity).
Dr. L. Berk and Dr. S. Tan at the Loma Linda University in California found that laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormone levels, tones your abs, improves cardiac health, boosts T cells, triggers the release of endorphins, and produces a general sense of wellbeing.
It’s when considering the importance of laughter that the choices we make about who we surround ourselves with really become increasingly significant. Our family, our friends, our loved ones - the people we invite into our inner circle need to make us feel good. Laughter, with its immunity-building, blood-pressure-lowering health benefits is the physical representation of why being happy and enjoying our relationships is so vital. You absolutely need to laugh often. It is integral to your overall wellbeing and general health so it becomes a matter of promoting longevity to surround yourself with people that amuse you and that you amuse.
Written by a our health and wellness guru, Itorye Silver.
Photo of insane toddler (who also happens to be the author's adorable nephew) by Heather Bohm- Tallman.