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JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Make me laugh: The benefits of laughter

Question. If one speaker gives a really great and inspiring speech and does everything that good speakers do and another speaker breaks all the rules but gets more laughs, which speaker will be remembered? Usually it's the one that gets the most ...

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Question. If one speaker gives a really great and inspiring speech and does everything that good speakers do and another speaker breaks all the rules but gets more laughs, which speaker will be remembered? Usually it's the one that gets the most laughs. President-elect Donald Trump may have won the election because he made more people laugh than Hillary Clinton did. He knew how to get his listener's attention.
I always tell my speech students the value of humor. Audiences enjoy a good laugh and usually, usually, the speech that helps the audience laugh is the most remembered speech. There are lots of other benefits to laughter. Laughter must be a good thing because it is one of the first things baby's do. We tickle them, make funny faces, and give them a toy and they smile and giggle. Because we laugh with them, they laugh even more. Babies aren't so dumb. They know that laughter is good for the soul. Laughter can benefit your circulation because it increases the blood flow to your lungs and muscles. Humor also has a lot of social benefits. We enjoy being around funny people because we like to laugh. Laughter helps us forget some of the bad things in life-at least for a short time. Here is a selection of humor that I have been collecting for my speech students. Let's see if I can make you laugh. A dog went to a telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote: "Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof." The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog, "There are only nine words here. You could send another 'Woof' for the same price." The dog replied, "but that would make no sense at all!" I went to the doctor the other day and I said, "Have you got anything for wind?" So he gave me a kite. Yesterday I saw a guy spill all his Scrabble letters on the road. I asked him, "What's the word on the street?" A sandwich walks into a bar. The barman says, ''Sorry, we don't serve food in here.'' Question: What do you call a boy named Lee that no one talks to? Answer: Lonely. A vulture boards a plane carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess says, "I'm sorry. We only allow one carrion." Question: Why did Billy go out with a prune? Answer: Because he couldn't find a date! A toothless termite walks into a pub and asks, "Is the bar tender here." There was a man who entered a local paper's pun contest. He sent in 10 different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win. Unfortunately, no pun in 10 did. Two cows are standing in a field. One cow says to the other cow, "Did you hear about mad cow disease?" The other cow says, "Good thing I am a helicopter." The fonts Helvetica and Times New Roman walk into a bar. "Get out of here!" shouts the bartender. "We don't serve your type." I was in a restaurant once and I suddenly realized I desperately needed to pass gas. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my passing to the beat of the music. After just a few songs I started to feel better. I finished my coffee, and noticed that everybody was staring at me. That was when I remembered I was listening to my iPod. Mother: "Jason, do you think I am a bad mother?" Son: "My name is Tony." A farmer wants to know how many sheep he has in his field, so he asks his border collie to count them. The dog runs into the field, counts them and runs back to the farmer. The farmer says, "How many?" The dog says, "40." The farmer is surprised and says, "How can there be 40? I only bought 38!" The dog says, "I rounded them up." I can't believe I forgot to go to the gym today. That's seven years in a row now. Hope I made you laugh. See you at the gym. Riddle of the Day: "What is the best thing about Switzerland?" "I don't know but the flag is a big plus." It will be a big plus for you when you try to laugh as much as you can every day.Question. If one speaker gives a really great and inspiring speech and does everything that good speakers do and another speaker breaks all the rules but gets more laughs, which speaker will be remembered? Usually it's the one that gets the most laughs. President-elect Donald Trump may have won the election because he made more people laugh than Hillary Clinton did. He knew how to get his listener's attention.
I always tell my speech students the value of humor. Audiences enjoy a good laugh and usually, usually, the speech that helps the audience laugh is the most remembered speech. There are lots of other benefits to laughter.Laughter must be a good thing because it is one of the first things baby's do. We tickle them, make funny faces, and give them a toy and they smile and giggle. Because we laugh with them, they laugh even more. Babies aren't so dumb. They know that laughter is good for the soul.Laughter can benefit your circulation because it increases the blood flow to your lungs and muscles. Humor also has a lot of social benefits. We enjoy being around funny people because we like to laugh. Laughter helps us forget some of the bad things in life-at least for a short time.Here is a selection of humor that I have been collecting for my speech students. Let's see if I can make you laugh.A dog went to a telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote: "Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof." The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog, "There are only nine words here. You could send another 'Woof' for the same price." The dog replied, "but that would make no sense at all!"I went to the doctor the other day and I said, "Have you got anything for wind?" So he gave me a kite.Yesterday I saw a guy spill all his Scrabble letters on the road. I asked him, "What's the word on the street?"A sandwich walks into a bar. The barman says, ''Sorry, we don't serve food in here.''Question: What do you call a boy named Lee that no one talks to? Answer: Lonely.A vulture boards a plane carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess says, "I'm sorry. We only allow one carrion."Question: Why did Billy go out with a prune? Answer: Because he couldn't find a date!A toothless termite walks into a pub and asks, "Is the bar tender here."There was a man who entered a local paper's pun contest. He sent in 10 different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win. Unfortunately, no pun in 10 did.Two cows are standing in a field. One cow says to the other cow, "Did you hear about mad cow disease?" The other cow says, "Good thing I am a helicopter."The fonts Helvetica and Times New Roman walk into a bar. "Get out of here!" shouts the bartender. "We don't serve your type."I was in a restaurant once and I suddenly realized I desperately needed to pass gas. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my passing to the beat of the music. After just a few songs I started to feel better. I finished my coffee, and noticed that everybody was staring at me. That was when I remembered I was listening to my iPod.Mother: "Jason, do you think I am a bad mother?" Son: "My name is Tony."A farmer wants to know how many sheep he has in his field, so he asks his border collie to count them. The dog runs into the field, counts them and runs back to the farmer. The farmer says, "How many?" The dog says, "40." The farmer is surprised and says, "How can there be 40? I only bought 38!" The dog says, "I rounded them up."I can't believe I forgot to go to the gym today. That's seven years in a row now.Hope I made you laugh. See you at the gym.Riddle of the Day: "What is the best thing about Switzerland?" "I don't know but the flag is a big plus." It will be a big plus for you when you try to laugh as much as you can every day.

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