Friday, January 20, 2012

Laughter Therapy

The economic outlook is still not great; partisan gridlock is still the norm in Washington; there is uncertainty in the world and in this country 99% of us are restless to say the least. On top of all that, it’s January!
Do you know what we need?? A good LAUGH!!

In his latest book, Spontaneous Happiness, Dr. Andrew Weil explains that laughter is one tool that we all can use to stay physically and emotionally healthy.  It’s probably true that humor, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. What makes me laugh out loud until I cry just might not tickle your funny bone quite as much. That said--here are some books, recordings and movies that have given me a good laugh:

Native Tongue and other novels by Carl Hiaasen (I especially like the recurring character Skink, ex-governor of Florida, ecowarrior and generally funny guy)

A Prairie Home Companion Pretty Good Joke Book

A Prairie Home Companion Commercial Radio , Pretty Good Bits and Prairie Home Companion10th Anniversary  --- all on CD

Any title by George Carlin

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin (his movies are funny, too)

Dave Barry's Year in Review in the Washington Post Magazine (see the January 1, 2012 issue of the Post)

Up (be sure to watch the two short films included under bonus features)

The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan (for Pirates choose the production with Kevin Kline as the Pirate King—just wonderful!)

The Pink Panther movies starring Peter Sellers

These are some of my favorites and I’m sure you can add to the list. What makes you laugh? Do you need relief from the winter blues? Try some laughter therapy!


1 comment:

  1. I am familiar with several of these titles and agree that they're very funny! I look forward to sampling some of the others.

    Two other authors who come to mind are Mark Twain, whose observations on human nature are still on-the-mark and hilarious, and the "Worst-Case Survival Scenario" books by Joshua Piven, which never fail to make me laugh aloud.