Funny or Not? Has Your Sense of Humor Changed?
Funny. That’s a relative thing. What one person finds funny, another might not. What is funny to one, may be cruel to another. Humor can be a tricky thing. Sometimes the slipped-on-a-banana-peel kind of humor is hilarious until it happens to you. Then we grow up and realize how unfunny something like that is, even if it happens to someone else, and it changes our perspective. Or does it?
Comedian Russell Peters
Our family watched a recorded TV comedy show together the other night. The comedian was Russell Peters. I’d never heard of him and I was aware of my initial badass attitude, thinking he wasn’t going to be funny because he began by picking on a few people in the audience. Well, Don Rickles used to do that but I had always liked him. It didn’t take long before I was laughing out loud. Russell Peters bonded his audience through common experiences and universality of which he made himself very much a part.
It’s not funny if someone appears superior and is making fun of others. It can be very funny when, as Peters did, the comedy is about highlighting our diversity and then binding us together in the human experience. Peters is a master of dialects as well.
What’s Funny to You, Then and Now
Think about what was funny for you as a kid. What made you double over in laughter, holding your sides? Revel in that memory for a moment or two. Then ponder what you find funny today. How often do you laugh?
Your Enchanted Breath
So it’s time for our midweek Enchanted Breath. Take a deep and cleansing one and release. Let the tension drop away from your shoulders, neck and back. Allow your arms to relax and just rest your hands in your lap. Release the muscles in and around your belly. (No one is watching.) Let your thighs relax and let that relaxation run down your legs, down to the bottoms of your feet. Smile. Recall that expansive, carefree feeling of laughing at something funny.
Question of the Day
How can you bring more humor into your life?
Leave us a comment and let us know. What sparks laughter in you just might spark it in another person after all.
Keep laughing, it’s a great stress reducer.
Enchanted Breaths are the “ahh, the haha, and the aha! of life.”