Seven days without laughter makes one weak.”—cartoonist Mort Walker

The pandemic cast a cloud of gloom, but many folks have relied on humor to get them through bleak mask-wearing days. As one puzzled person joked, “Health experts said a mask and gloves was enough to go to the grocery store. When I got there everyone else had clothes on.”

Although T.S. Eliot wrote “April is the cruelest month,” in 1976 author Larry Wilde dubbed it National Humor Month with the intent to spread the therapeutic benefits of humor around the world.

Here’s a start: Q. Why did the chicken cross the road? A. Because the chicken behind it wasn’t properly social distancing. 

According to Wikipedia the online encyclopedia, laughter is a physical reaction made up of rhythmic, audible diaphragm contractions caused by activities such as being tickled or from funny stories or thoughts. Laughing is good for your heart, lungs and muscles. It increases oxygen intake and blood circulation, relaxes the body and releases endorphins that make you feel good. It burns calories and may help you live longer.

Laughing also reinforces social bonds and helps form friendships, such as the woman who said, “I saw a neighbor talking to her cat, as if the cat understood her. I went into my house and told my dog—we laughed a lot.”

Among the positive benefits of months at home in isolation, I’ve noticed my car is getting three weeks to the gallon. And after years of never having time to deep-clean the house, I discovered lack of time wasn’t the reason.

 Final word…Yoga laughter guru Madan Kataria, founder of the Laughter Club International, designated the first Sunday in May as World Laughter Day. He signs his correspondence with “Ho Ho Ha Ha, Laughingly yours.” Hmm-m-m…it appears Madan is only an “m” short of being Madman.

Did you hear about the guru who refused Novocaine when he went to the dentist? He wanted to transcend dental medication—Ho Ho Ha Ha.  

Celebrating World Laughter Day two weeks after the end of tax season is therapeutic. Whether you tickle your funny bone to lift post tax-time spirits or to boost hopes the pandemic is coming to an end, keep in mind that laughter is the best medicine. So get out your whoopee cushion, brush up your corona virus jokes and keep laughing, the end could be in sight.