Knibbe's Korner: Laughing Matters

Some would say aging is no laughing matter. It is serious business. Others would contend as we age we can learn to develop a keen sense of humor. We can learn that laughing matters. Living through the many seasons of life can give one a perspective and wisdom of what counts. We can find humor in many of life’s incongruities and inconsistency.

The benefits of humor to our overall well-being and health are significant. Humor can:

· Reduces stress and tension

· Improves our immune system

· Keep our brains fit and healthy

· Help maintain a positive outlook on life

Ok... since laughing matters, let’s try out this story that has been around for awhile:

“A man buys a parrot and brings him home. But the parrot starts insulting him and gets really nasty, so the man picks up the parrot and tosses him into the freezer to teach him a lesson. He hears the bird squawking for a few minutes, but all of a sudden the parrot is quiet. The man opens the freezer door, the parrot walks out, looks up at him and says, "I apologize for offending you, and I humbly ask your forgiveness."

The man says, "Well, thank you. I forgive you."

The parrot then says, "If you don't mind my asking, what did the chicken do?"

So the challenge for the month of August is to have a few laughs everyday to enhance your well-being.

Here are a couple to get you going:

· What did the left eye say to the right eye? Between you and me, something smells.

· What do you get from a pampered cow? Spoiled milk.

Grace and Shalom,