Jokes can make a person laugh–and that’s one of the most beautiful things of all.
By Aisling Hall
People say that laughter is the best medicine, and I agree. Even though it’s just a cliché, medically speaking, laughter releases endorphins and can temporarily prevent negative emotions from being felt. But even without medical evidence it’s obvious that laughter does relieve pain, to a certain extent, because a genuine laugh comes from joy, not from pain. Although it may seem difficult to get someone to laugh, the easiest way is to tell a joke.
I found a love for jokes when I was younger, when I aspired to be just like my stepmom. She was quite the jokester and had many puns hidden up her sleeve. Many of her jokes rode the line between stupid and funny, therefore they almost always received an eye-roll. Eye-rolling, as well as a shake of the head, isn’t uncommon with “stupid” jokes. The reason is that this simplistic breed of jokes is assembled in such a way that the punchline never fails to make us laugh. For example, “Where does a general keep his armies? In his sleevies.” These jokes are often called stupid or crappy, but are they really? After all, they’ve done their job, and that is to make people laugh.
Life is hard and difficult things happen, but at least we have jokes to distract us.
I can understand why comedians love their jobs. I may not be witty or a great storyteller, but I have a special tool: my jokeabulary. “Jokeabulary” is a word I created–a mashup of the words joke and vocabulary–to name my collection of jokes. This collection is stored in my phone so that I can reference it anywhere I find an opportunity to tell a joke. And by an opportunity, I mean any opportunity possible. I love the feeling I get when I make other people laugh, knowing that life is hard and laughter is great. I almost feel proud, but mostly, I feel joyful. I believe this feeling comes from not only being able to make others laugh, but to be able to laugh with others.
I recently reconnected with a friend, and discovered that we both have the same sense of humor. One night, we were texting each other and I sent him a joke I found somewhere on the Internet. We were talking for around half an hour after that, just sending jokes back and forth, and it’s great to know that I now have a new outlet and inlet for jokes. Considering this, jokes are a great way to bond with other people. Now that I’ve found someone with a similar sense of humor, our main form of communication consists of jokes and memes.
One of the greatest things about jokes is the laughter. Life is hard and difficult things happen, but at least we have jokes to distract us. Whenever I have a friend who is struggling, I don’t know what to say to them. What’s the best way to comfort them? I find myself, in my lack of words, repeating “I’m sorry.” But that’s not very helpful. Eventually, I just tell them a joke. It’s not going to get rid of the struggle, and it may not even be the best way to comfort somebody, but that’s how I do it. At the very least, they laugh at it, and my job is done. There’s no way to completely get rid of struggle, because that’s just life, but a distraction may be the best we can do for someone. We all have different senses of humor, but that doesn’t mean we can’t agree that jokes are pretty great. Who doesn’t need a little laugh from time to time? Even though some deserve an eye-roll, they’re still funny. A joke’s sole purpose is to be funny, and that’s all that matters.
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