is to the soul, what rain is to the earth. ~Gerry Hopman
Gerry is a , a humorist, and the author of The Power of Humor and Kids say the Doggonest Things.
If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...
The Rise and Decline of Humor and Laughter
Humor and laughter have been a part of the human culture for as long as we can go back in history.
The benefits of humor are even referenced in the bible and the Book of Proverbs , where it states, "a cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes you sick."
Humans are the only living species that can laugh and generate humor. There are some animal lovers who claim they have seen their pets smile, however, actual laughter and the ability to create and enjoy humor are only evident in human beings.
During the course of the ages, humor and laughter have been recognized for bringing joy and happiness, as therapy to speed recovery from surgery, as therapy and counseling of depressed people, as a cure for melancholy, a release for excess stress and tension, treatment of the sick, and the regaining of emotional equilibrium.
In the 1950's, people laughed on average eighteen times a day...