Editor's Note: April 2008
Author: Maggie Washo
So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. ~Gordon W. Allport
Being silly is one of my favorite pastimes. I seem to find humor in the strangest places on a daily basis. Why, just yesterday I was sitting in my car (Lulu is her name), ordering my favorite coffee from Starbucks, when it hit me how absolutely ridiculous I sounded.
“I’ll have a hot four pump Venti mocha with extra whipped cream.” I was ordering COFFEE for heaven’s sake. I started laughing so hard the man in the car in front of me kept staring back at me in his rearview mirror. He most likely thought I was having a seizure.
If I am faced with a tense situation, I try to diffuse it with comedy. It usually works, although it can backfire if the other person involved in aforementioned tense situation thinks you are laughing at them.
I just think that people take themselves too seriously sometimes. Alright, most of the time. We are here for such a short period of time—why be cranky? Many studies have been done on laughter and whether it really is the best medicine. Although most have been inconclusive, it can’t really hurt, can it? I don’t think anyone ever died from laughing too hard. But it sure would be a fun way to go!
So my friends, in honor of April Fool’s Day, have a good chuckle whenever possible. Find humor in something that would ordinarily frustrate you. Get some perspective. Be silly. You might live longer. Or you might not. But either way, you’ll be a happier person!
If you see me laughing at Starbucks, just know that I am laughing with you, not at you…