National Humor Month ~ Awareness

April just happens to be National Humor Month. Now I am an active participant in the spreading of Humor, I practice all year long, but this month was created to enhance awareness. Humor is so important. Did you know that there are people who do not know Humor? Yes, these poor souls do not understand, nor do they partake in Humor. This is very sad.  There really should be a telethon or something. Maybe even a post on Facebook that people can like and share, that way awareness of this horribleness can be brought to the forefront and those who like and share can feel like they have actually done something to help these poor souls.

The signs of this disease are easy to spot once you recognize them. They range from the subtle to the blaringly obvious.  The following list shows some of the signs, it is not a comprehensive list however, and your loved one may show different symptoms.

  1. Usually spotted frowning
  2. Every tasks is important and must be done immediately
  3. Constantly tells others to quit being silly and get to work
  4. Disapproves of horseplay, even if it is actual horses playing
  5. Does not understand knock knock jokes, puns  or other simple wordplays
  6. Walks funny due to having foreign object such as small tree limbs lodged in their rectum
  7. Refuses to LOL, LMAO, ROFL or ROFLMAO on jokes posted on social media and instead points out the obvious flaws in the logic.

 

Do you know someone who shows signs of Humor? Maybe one of your friends or family members? How can you help? First, it is important to note that people that are lacking in Humor may be suffering from a genetic, physical deformity. It is likely they were born without a Humorous Bone. However, these folks can learn, it just takes them longer.  It is also possible that some of those that suffer from this horrible disease may just be jerks.  Once again, it is possible to cure jerks but it really takes more patience than sometimes is worth.  To help someone overcome Lack of Humor start slow, maybe with light tickling. This will help them to get used to laughing. Once used to sound of their own laughter you can advance to children’s jokes. Short, easy to understand humor is best to start with. Something like the following joke will help:

Q. Why did the boy tiptoe past the medicine cabinet?

A. He didn’t want to wake the sleeping pills!

Make sure you laugh at the end of the joke. Even if you, yourself do not find it that funny, remember this is for your friend. There are sacrifices that must be made in order to help them overcome the disease. Do not be discouraged if your loved one tells you why that joke is not funny, and proceeds tells you why.  Go ahead and tell them another one and another and another. Continue until they laugh. Once comfortable with children’s jokes, go ahead and start telling them more grown up sophisticated jokes.  Perhaps something like the following:

A man went to visit a friend and was amazed to find him playing chess with his dog. He watched the game in astonishment for a while. “I can hardly believe my eyes!” he exclaimed. “That’s the smartest dog I’ve ever seen.”

“Nah, he’s not so smart,” the friend replied. “I’ve beaten him three games out of five.”

Once again, I remind you to not be discouraged. If you continue telling jokes until they laugh soon you will find them not only laughing but actually telling their own jokes. If they tell YOU a joke, remember to laugh, even if it is stupid. You will be helping them in their recovery. AND what if they never do laugh? What if you try everything and nothing seems to work? In those rare cases, surgery may required to remove the foreign object from their rectum.

In closing, I will say good luck and please help me raise awareness of those poor souls who suffer from lack of Humor.