I woke this morning thinking that I don’t laugh enough. And yes, it’s probably my fault. So I asked why is it that I don’t laugh as much? My first thought … ah, hah … there’s fodder here for a blog.
So why is it that laughter seems to decline as we get older? I remember reading a statistic somewhere that states children laugh 300 – 400 times a day and as we become adults that number drops to around 15. Ouch, what a downer!
The other day I was at the gym and there was a promo on TV to buy the complete seasons of The Carol Burnet Show. They were showing clips, many of which I remembered. Now there was TV that made you laugh–and a lot! Just watching Tim Conway crack up Harvey Korman was enough to bring tears to my eyes. There were other great variety, comedy shows back in the 60’s and 70’s such as The Smothers Brothers, Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, and of course Laugh In. I miss those fun, variety comedy shows. Sure there are a few funny sitcoms like Mike & Molly that make me laugh, but for the most part I think comedy has seriously declined on TV in favor of reality programs. Hell, I watch TV to escape reality. Watching the Kardashians is NOT funny and does not make me laugh.
Romantic comedies, for me, don’t press the laugh meter up. They might have a few good guffaws, but not enough. I miss the good old Mel Brooks movies. (I recently bought a good collection of them on Blu-ray). The farting scene in Blazing Saddles still brings tears to my eyes, laughing myself silly.
I guess, as we get older there is less around to make us laugh. We have to rely more on whom we live with to make us laugh. Often it’s the simple moment gone awry that can result in a good belly laugh. Take for example the following. One morning I had made a nice egg breakfast for my wife. We were talking calmly, and the next minute with no advanced warning system, I sneezed so hard I sprayed eggs all over my wife and the table. We started laughing hysterically for the next twenty minutes or so. We both had tears streaming down our cheeks. I don’t think I had laughed that hard in years. Something so simple created one of the best laughs and we’ll probably remember it for years.
I think we have to make more opportunities to laugh. They say laughter is the best medicine. Here’s a web site that has really good reasons why laughter is important in our lives: http://bit.ly/12yoZf8. I need to find more opportunities to laugh. Perhaps I should plan another egg explosion or maybe change to refried beans. I’m sure my wife would rather I just buy the DVDs of The Carol Burnet Show.
So the next time your partner farts in bed, have a good laugh, but remember to keep the covers down. Now that’s funny.
For 2013, let’s all laugh more!!