When Ricky Gravis questioned, ‘Are you having’ fun?’ he meant ‘taken’ the Mickey’ (or its Shrine equivalent). With regards to living a longer, better life, however, laughter has a great deal going for it. We’re told that regular doses of laughter help raise the immune system; lower blood pressure (eventually); help facilitate digestion; increase alertness and memory retention silly memes; elevate the mood by increasing circulation, easing muscle tension, and releasing psychological stress; not to mention help to combat depression by triggering the discharge of endorphins.
For many people silly memes, making others laugh could be serious business (no pun intended).
When Bob Hope was at his prime, for instance, he had a group of nine writers. Too bad a high-level stand-up comic writing your personal material, eh? Because of the multi-benefits that laughter can provide, I figured I should dose-up on it. And so I headed out to a nearby comedy club where I figured there’d be someone who’d surely cause me to feel laugh-after all that is what they’re paid to do.
Alas! The stand-up comic must’ve had an ‘off-night’. Even what she claimed to be ‘history’s funniest joke’ (a Spike Milligan golden oldie) failed to get me (or even the audience) going. Her performance was so flat that a few fellows within the audience should have chosen to create their very own laughter. Every time the stand-up comic started to tell one of her jokes, this small group interjected with ‘Heard it!’ ‘Heard it!’ Never did a performer look so relieved when she left happens after her act.
Gleam perceived outcomes of laughter and happiness. Some comedians make their living out of making fun of happiness silly memes. Al Bat’s secret of happiness was ‘To make others believe that you’re the reason for it’. For George Burns, happiness was ‘Having a sizable, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city’. Oscar Wilde must’ve had similar experiences together with his friends and family. He said that ‘Some cause happiness wherever they’re going; others, whenever they go.’ Ben Franklin attributed happiness to beer and God. He reckoned that ‘Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy’. And let’s remember Spike Milligan’s plea: ‘All I ask is an opportunity to prove that cash can’t make you happy’.