I just read that a new semester course at a college in my home state of North Carolina is titled Laughter Is The Best Medicine. Now, my profession is that of a Motivational Humorist and Stand-up Comedian, and I certainly believe that laughter is the best medicine, so I read the fine print describing this course.
The syllabus says that, “Our bodies can’t tell the difference between real and simulated laughter.”
I’ve been laughing for over 80 years (I weighed a pound and a half at birth, so I’m sure I started laughing immediately!) Trust me, my body knows when I’m trying to fool it… but... I love the sound of laughter so much, I’ll even accept that “simulated” premise.
But THEN the fine print goes on to say that the format of this class is laughing, clapping and breathing…in exactly that order.
Why is BREATHING the LAST thing on the list? It’s the oxygen that enables the laughing and clapping.
I’d probably flunk the class because I wouldn’t be able to stop laughing.