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Carol Perkins: A good laugh

Knowing how healthy it is to laugh, columnist says she doesn't start or end her day with the news . . .
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By Carol Perkins

A good laugh. When is the last time you had one? I read recently that on average children laugh 75 times a day and adults 12. Do you laugh that much? Twelve times a day? Do you often go an entire week without a really good laugh? Not just a chuckle, but a real laugh?

Most people don't find much humor in their daily lives

For some reason, most people don't find much humor in their daily lives. They might laugh at work when they think they should at a story a co-worker tells that might be less than funny. You know, that fake laugh that we have all given when we think someone expects that response.

I will often be reclined in the morning, having my second cup of coffee, when I hear laughter (more like a chuckle) coming from Guy who is working in his office. He has a few people in his business circle who send him jokes via email. Most of them are political. "Don't these people have work to do?" I frequently ask. "Evidently, not enough," he replies. "They send me jokes off and on all day."

Laughter is a necessity

Wonder if there is a boss somewhere in the building? Anyway, laughter is a necessity for me, but I'll admit that I don't laugh twelve times a day. Some days I may not laugh at all. I smile (or try to smile) most of the time, but Guy says I frown too much. Maybe I need to work on that!

What makes me laugh isn't necessarily what makes others laugh. For instance, I seldom find jokes very funny--those with the punch line that is either about a blonde or a parrot or a bar. I laugh when I hear them, but I don't think they are worthy of a "hold my belly" laugh. Sitcoms are not funny. Most stand-up comedians are not funny. Richard Pryor was funny but such a sad figure. Billy Crystal is funny. Robin Williams was very funny. That is about it for me.

What I do find funny are real life stories involving the antics of others told by natural born storytellers, many of whom I know, who can capture a crowd no matter the circumstances. For instance, I love to listen to my friend Susan Chambers tell stories of her experiences. Just a few days ago she told about tubing down a river in a rubber tube. The question from me was "What made you think that would be fun?" Rolling over rocks the shape of razor blades would not be fun but the telling of it was very funny.

Listening to tales about children are often much funnier to the parent or grandparent than to the listener. I tell my grandchildren stories to my closest friends and preface it by, "I don't want to bore you, but...."

Dumb things people do accidently and like to tell on themselves are funny. Real life is much more interesting than scripts. I'm going to make it a point to laugh more than I do. Twelve times a time may be pushing it. In order to help myself, however, I will not start my day and end my day with the news. - Carol Perkins

Carol Perkins, the writer, is an author, weekly radio talk show Host on The Hoss, 99.1 FM, on the Tuesdays at 10amCT, Susan (Chambers) & Carol (Perkins) Unscripted and is owner of Main Street Screenprinting PO Box 1051 601 S Main Street Edmonton, KY 42120 270-432-3152 270-670-4913

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