August 16th Tell A Joke Day

With the way the world is today, all the disagreement, strife, worry, we can all use a break and one of the best ways to get that break is for someone to tell a joke. Of course, humor is subject to what one finds funny. Something that makes one person laugh is often not funny to another. That might even make the situation worse! So you must carefully craft your joke to include those you want to make laugh, capturing the largest crowd you can at one time. That sort of sounds like a lot of work! So why did the chicken cross the road? Maybe because it was looking for some new material.

How to celebrate – Tell a joke. Try writing your own jokes. Learn what makes the most people around you all laugh.

January 24th Global Belly Laugh Day

January 24th Global Belly Laugh Day

There is nothing like a good laugh! I don’t mean a little giggle, I mean a laugh that makes your belly shake, even if you are lucky enough to not have a belly like mine! Humor is in the eye of the beholder, just like beauty, but occasionally there are things that make us all laugh and laughing is like yawning, it’s contagious. All that said though, it is actually good for us to laugh that hard. It expands blood flow which set off chemicals in our body that help create relaxation and reduces stress. We just need to find something that the entire world can laugh at.

How to celebrate – Find some way to get a good belly laugh out of friends and family. Watch a funny movie. Invite a clown to dinner.

August 11th Presidential Joke Day

Okay, so before we even get started I am not making any political statements here! I think all the presidents do that well enough for themselves. And that’s what today is all about, those presidents with a sense of humor about the world, and themselves. After all, if we can’t laugh at the way things are, all that’s left is to cry.

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So the today started in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan thought his mic was just being tested when he said, “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes”. Unfortunately his mic was live and heard by the nation. However, known for a sense of humor, Reagan was allowed such gaffes.

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Today, I feel, we all take what Presidents say way too seriously. And of course the media repeats it over and over, trying to say what they think the President meant. They don’t know any better than we individuals do, they just like to hear their own voice as they explain everything, right or wrong.

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We disrespect our leaders by putting their faces on such things as toilet paper. Replace it with your own face and see how you would feel! Is it still funny? Does it have anything to do with the person themselves?  Most presidents just represent the feelings of their base, not really caring about the other half of the country. Why should they, we are the joke to them!

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Is it that we can’t take a joke anymore or that we are the joke ourselves? Either way ,lighten up a bit and laugh with the president instead of at him. The whole world wil be a better place for it.

How to celebrate – Listen closely to the president and learn his sense of humor. Don’t take everything a president says so seriously. Go back in history and learn who the funniest presidents have been.

Got a good joke!?!! Probably not, most jokes are only semi-humor.  It is up to the individual to find the humor in them and sometimes it takes a bit of a search.

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But at least someone has tried to brighten your day a little, or maybe a lot. The jokes I love the most are the ones that you get an hour after they’ve been told. You are walking along, with that frown on your face and suddenly you get the joke someone told you and you light up like a Christmas Tree.

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Of course if you are like most people, when you go to retell the joke you can remember everything except the set up for the punch line.  Of course that can be funny too! Or how about those people that go back, saying… “Wait a minute! I forgot the best part!

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Like there ever really was a best part! But that’s okay, the effort was made. And even a failed joke brightens up your day and once that is accomplished, it spreads brightening up other people’s days.

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So go ahead and ell that joke that maybe no one else found funny, once you find someone else to laugh, you will make a life long friend!

How to celebrate – Tell the best joke you’ve ever heard today. If you don’t have a best joke, buy a book of jokes and memorize at least one. Don’t worry if you are a good joke teller or not, sometimes the performance is better than the joke itself!

April 14th International Moment of Laughter Day

One thing 99.9% of us like to do is laugh. Some of us live to laugh. Some of us can laugh at ourselves, which is really, really good for you. It is also very contagious. Try not laughing when someone around you is laughing even if you don’t know what they are laughing about!

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Even animals laugh. Cats, dogs, monkeys, snails… well, maybe not snails (Although they could I suppose it’s just their faces are so hard to see). laughing is very good for you. Laughing releases endorphins, and does a lot of other technical things, that improve our quality of life. It has been known to make sick people better and at the very least, it doesn’t hurt anyone. (Unless you laugh so hard you bust a gut or are laughing at someone who is very angry).

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Even the smartest among us know the value of laughter. They may be laughing at us instead of with us but if we laugh along at least we won’t be left out! I know I do a lot of things that should be laughed at every day! If no one else is around it’s up to me to get the ball rolling and start laughing.

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People are prettier when they laugh as well, probably because they become a little more vulnerable then they were when they weren’t laughing.  We were meant to laugh, it takes less effort to laugh than to frown.

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Even sometimes in sorrow there is laughter, or there should be. I remember going to a very somber funeral, nothing funny about that but it was outside and most of the women were wearing hats. Well, this lizard kept jumping from hat to hat without the people wearing the hat knowing it. Those who saw it happening just couldn’t keep from laughing, though I know we were thought less of because of it. The day was created by humorologist, Izzy Gesell.

How to celebrate – Pick your moment today to just burst into laughter. Always look for something funny going on around you. If you look for it you will be surprised what you find. Get others around you to laugh, you will be improving their quality of life!

April 14th International Moment of Laughter Day

Some how it figures that the day before the tax deadline would be, The International Moment of Laughter Day.  Izzy Gesell, a keynote speaker, created the day simply because he knew if he could keep his audience laughing he would keep their attention.  Laughter is contagious.  It is nearly impossible to sit in a room full of people laughing and not at least get a smile on your face.  Of course, yawning is contagious too but it’s hard to yawn and laugh at the same time.

Even babies are known to laugh as early as 15 weeks old.  Some have even been recorded laughing earlier but it is doubtful they understood what they were laughing at. In fact, half of us don’t know what we are laughing at when we laugh, it doesn’t matter because it makes us feel good.  Laughing produces endorphins, a known pain reliever, it opens up blood vessels to generate a better flow of blood and it reduces stress hormones while increasing the immune system.

We invite you to take a “moment” and laugh at a few of the following jokes.  Whether you like them or not, they will make you feel better for just trying.

It is so cold outside I saw a politician with his hands in his own pockets.

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Me and my wife decided that we don’t want to have children anymore. So anybody who wants one can leave us their phone number and address and we will bring you one.

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Two guys are out hunting in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t appear to be breathing, his eyes are glazed over. The other man pulls out his phone with trembling fingers and calls 911. He gasps, “My friend is dead! What can I do?”

The operator says “Please stay calm. I will help you. First of all, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There’s a silence, then a gun shot. The guy gets back on the phone and says “OK, now what?”

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Doctor, how can I live longer than 100 years?

Do you smoke?
No.

Do you eat too much?
No.

Do you go to bed late?
No.

Do you have affairs with promiscuous women?
No.

Then why would you want to live more than 100 years?

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I was sitting in a bar one day and two really large women came in, talking in an interesting accent.

So I said, “Cool accent, are you two ladies from Ireland?”

One of them snarled at me, “It’s Wales, dumbo!”

So I corrected myself, “Oh, right, so are you two whales from Ireland?”

That’s about as far as I remember.
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Take a moment to laugh today, i will make you feel better tomorrow.  Better yet, get a friend to laugh, it will be something you can share.

More jokes at http://www.short-funny.com/#ixzz45lNq7v6H

April 1st International April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day has been with us longer than you might think.  The Romans had a  Festival of Hilaria that was celebrated on April 1st.

 

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In India the Holi Festival was also celebrated on April 1st

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and during the Medieval Days April 1st was known as The Feast of Fools.

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In fact, many of the Middle Ages kingdoms celebrated the New Year starting on March 25th and going through March 32nd.  Yes, I said March 32nd which was later changed to April 1st.  These kingdoms were thought to be foolish since everyone else knew New Years ended on January 1st.

The first written record of April Fool’s Day comes from Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” in 1392. in 1508, French Poet Eloy d’Amberval mentions the first of April in his poems, though they are known as April Fish.  (I have yet to figure out how this relates.) In 1539 Flemish poet Eduard de Dene tells of a nobleman who sent his servants off on foolish quests every April 1st.  And in 1686 John Aubrey mentions “Fooles Holy Day” in his works, also taking place on April 1st.

So apparently, April Fool’s Day has been around for a very long time.  It is International, obviously, and is the one day when Fools are King. (Or Queen)

Do we really need to suggest how you celebrate this day?  Do whatever you like, to whomever you like.  Just remember to keep it nice because what goes around, comes round!

Oh, and just an aside here…it is also our CEO’s Birthday! Happy Birthday M!

 

March 31st National “She’s Funny That Way” Day

Back in Shakespeare’s day if you wanted to be a comedian you had to be a man, even if you dressed like a woman. Boy have things changed!  The first known female stand-up comedian was Moms Mabley, working in vaudeville starting in 1908.  Many have followed, Jane Curtain, Goldie Hawn, Gilda Radner, Phyllis Diller, Whoopie Goldberg, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, the list goes on and on and on.

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Some play roles like the grandmother that suddenly says something totally out of their character, like Betty White.  Some are a little more risqué, like Mae West.  Others use their cuteness to sell their comedy, like Kaley Cuoco.  Make no mistake though, they all have studied their craft and know their jobs well.

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Comedy is not easy.  Timing is everything.  Give the joke away too soon and it’s no longer funny, drag it out too long and its dry and boring.  Some have made their acts so political the only ones who think they are funny are the ones who agree with their point of view.  Some use sex as shock value, people believing only those kinds of thoughts could come from a man.  Some use everyday life, finding the humor in it and passing that on to their audience.  Whichever tickles your funny bone is right for you.9b5

Laughter is good for you, it decreases stress, increases immune cells, increases infection-fighting antibodies, releases endorphins and helps relieve pain.  Even if it kills you… well, at least you died laughing!    So here’s to all the ladies that make us laugh, this is their day!  But really, it’s your day because the world is a much better place because of them.

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March 26th, 2016 National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

Have you ever wanted to create your own holiday?  Well today is the day to do it, March 26th, is National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day.  It is believed that the Wellness Permission League started the day but no one knows for sure, guess it doesn’t really matter because this is supposed to be your day.

If you want to make this (Insert your name here) Day, go ahead.  Or maybe you could create a day with a little more pizzazz!  Like, I Love My Hammer Day, or Dance With Your Dog Day, or maybe even Have a Flower For Lunch Day!

Of course you’ll need to come up with how you celebrate this day. No one is going to know if you are wrong or right, this is your creation!  What food is best served for this holiday?

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Do you send out cards?

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Do you give gifts?

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It’s your choice because it’s your day!