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Dare 2B Daring - July 06, 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018

Written by Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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"Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you." – Langston Hughes

When I was a kid, I loved reading elephant jokes. One of my favorites went as follows (and please remember, these are just children’s jokes, so don’t call the Humane Society or the ASPCA on me)…

Question: “How do you kill a blue elephant?”

Answer: “With a blue elephant gun?”

Question: “How do you kill a red elephant?”

Answer: “Hold his trunk until he turns blue and then shoot him with a blue elephant gun.”

Still another one went like this…

Question: “How can you tell there’s an elephant in your refrigerator?”

Answer: “You can see his footprints in the peanut butter.”

Over the years, I’ve graduated from elephant jokes to more “sophisticated” humor such as Monty Python, Mel Brooks, and Steve Martin. But the bottom line is that for an often-too-serious person like me, good clean humor – and the belly laughs that come with it – can be very medicinal.

Many doctors – including those serving at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America – agree that laughter has remarkable recuperative powers for their patients. Author, professor, and journalist Norman Cousins attested to this very fact in his book, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient. Cousins wrote, “I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep."

I suppose that’s why King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wrote the following in Psalm 17:22…

“A merry heart does good, like medicine.”

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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