This I Believe

Christian - Phoenix, Arizona
Entered on May 17, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30

Tickle Your Funny Bone

There was once a man who walked into a bar and sat down. After a while, he looked up and saw a tiny man playing a tiny piano. He asked the barkeep, “How did you find such a tiny man to play this piano?” The barkeep said, “I got it from a genie outside that’s granting wishes.” So the man walked outside and saw the genie. The genie said, “You have one wish, what shall it be?” The man replied, “I want a million bucks.” The genie nodded and all of a sudden a million ducks started appearing out of nowhere. The man walked back into the bar and said, “That genie sucks. He granted me the wrong wish.” The barkeep said, “I know, do you think I really wanted a twelve inch pianist?”

I believe in the power of laughter. I believe it can make people happy when they’re sad, brightening the lives of everyone. I know that whenever I’m sad, then see or hear something funny, it cheers me up. Money is not the key to happiness, but laughter is, because when you laugh, you truly are happy. Laughter can change lives. Laughter can break the ice. Laughter helps in every way.

Say a doctor is with a small child who is nervous and unfamiliar with the new doctor. The doctor tells a joke and the child bursts with laughter. The child immediately begins to relax, letting the doctor examine him. This, in turn, makes the doctor’s job easy.

A good laugh lowers blood pressure, loosens muscles, and lowers the hormones that cause weak immunity systems. It not only helps physically, but mentally as well. When people laugh, it aids communication and creates a sense of closeness between you and the people you’re laughing with. Laughter makes friends. Laughter keeps relationships together. Laughter makes life worth living for. I know whenever I laugh, it makes the moment feel even better. People don’t just see comedies, watch comedians, or enjoy sitcoms just for the heck of it. Those types of things relieve stress, tickle the funny bone, and seem to just melt worries away. So go ahead. Laugh it up.