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Indulge in Laughter

Aug 20, 2019 12:35PM

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By Scott Lebin

Laugh and the Whole World Laughs with You - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The solution to calm a frantic person, or give joy to the troubled person, or heal the sick person is to create laughter. Let’s explore some famous quotations from comedians that demonstrate the best ways language and stories have been used to indulge ourselves in the lighter side of life using humor to connect with our own humanity.

Some humor turns large life issues like the mystery of life into a simple explanation as Peter De Vries does in his following explanation:
“If you want my final opinion on the mystery of life and all that, I can give it to you in a nutshell. The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.” Peter De Vries

A simple situation can create the same kind of laughter just because a situational response is just the opposite of what we know should happen. Thus, our senses are indulged as a result of the absurd response of the defendant in the following example:
Judge: The charge is the theft of sixteen radios. Are you the defendant?
Defendant: No sir. I’m the guy that stole the radios.
Bob Hope creates some humor about travel but using a funny twist targets one aspect of the frustrations of flying. 
“Flying? I’ve been to almost as many places as my luggage!” Bob Hope
Yogi Berra took language to humorous extremes by providing surprise twists from his original thought or idea. 
"Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical." 
"If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else." 
"I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I blame myself?" Yogi Berra

Red Skelton told stories and with his team of writers was able to use life experiences in order to indulge TV audiences at home and in large theatres to the humor in life creating laughter through his assault on relationships and stories that were close to home. 
“My wife told me the car wasn’t running well because there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was. She told me, ‘In the lake’.”
“I married Miss Right. I just didn’t know her first name was Always.” Red Skelton
Dealing with issues that impact our daily lives, George Carlin had a way of making important issues seem simple while creating a world that from his point of view was twisted and askew.
“I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.” 
“Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.”
“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” George Carlin

Groucho Marx showed a keen sense of wit and command of the language by way of using his intelligence to indulge our senses with absurd aspects of life.
“Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.”
“Before I speak, I have something important to say.”
“Oh! Are you from Wales? Do you know a fella named Jonah? He used to live in wales for a while.” Groucho Marx
Steve Martin also used his brilliant mind to set up a serious situation that used his unique point of view to create humorous punch lines. 
“First the doctor told me the good news; I was going to have a disease named after me.” Steve Martin

Using the same universal human attitudes Sophie Tucker used language to get us to laugh at ourselves.
“I’ve been rich, and I’ve been poor, rich is better." Sophie Tucker
Seventeen years ago, I asked Sylvia Simon, who lived and worked in Geneva, “You have lived 90 years, what advice would you give for the next generation to live a long-fulfilling life?”
She answered, “Oh that’s easy” there are four ways for us to (indulge) in a great life:
1. Get up every day with a passion for your work and play,
2. Don’t take yourself too seriously,
3. Accept your friends for who they are and don’t try to change them, or you will only be disappointed,
4. Laugh each day as much as possible” 
The examples of humor and the advice of Sylvia remind us, as we indulge ourselves in the bike trails, the parks, the fine restaurants, the festivals, the art fairs, and the time spent with our families and neighbors, that we can measure our success by the amount of laughter we share together.

Sources: Securities and investment advisory services offered through Royal Alliance Associates Inc. (RAA) member FINRA/SIPC. RAA is separately owned and other entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are independent of RAA.
Scott Lebin, RFC of Lebin Financial Planning dba Lebin Management, Inc., 20 S. Second Street, Geneva, IL 60134: 630-406-0000