Do you know what July 1st is?
While July 1st is Bobby Bonilla and Canada Day, it is also recognized as International Joke Day. Comedy is one of my favorite movie genres and I respect any person who could stand up in front of an audience and make them laugh. It is truly an art, that is honed and crafted over time and should be celebrated.
What is the history behind International Joke Day?
A joke is defined as statement someone says to create amusement or laughter, in story or short sentence form with a funny punchline. International Joke Day celebrates that funny bone in all us.
International Joke Day is believed to be created by Wayne Reinagel in 1994 to help promote his joke books. While information regarding the day’s creation is limited, the history of a “joke” can be traced back thousands of years to the Greeks and Romans. A Jester, or Court Jesters, during mediaeval times can also be credited in playing a part in the evolution of the “joke.”
Ways to celebrate!
There are various ways to celebrate the day. One of the easiest way to participate is to tell a joke to a friend, family member, or co-worker. Perhaps you could venture out and visit a comedy club to laugh out loud with an audience. If a night on the couch is more of your speed, you could stream (or insert a DVD, VHS, or maybe even BETA tape) of your favorite comedian’s stand-up special or movie on your device of choice.
Laughter can help
We all need a good laugh after a bad day, week, or sometimes month. Laughing may not cure all of your aches and pains, but many experts claim a good sense of humor can benefit your health. According to the Mayo Clinic there are potential benefits when we laugh:
Stimulation of organs
Activate and relieve your stress response
Improve your immune system (positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress)
Increase personal satisfaction
Improve your mood.
Here is a joke for the day!
Why did the robot get home late?
- It had a hard drive home!