Smile High Club


Your sense of humor may increase your life span, unless you are the jokester.

This article lists many of the positive health benefits of humor. It also says one study shows that people who tell jokes tend to have more health problems.

How strange is this? Laughing helps us live longer, but helping others laugh kills us???!!

In my 30+ year study of passengers and crews on a major airline (my former life), I found that humor, more often than not, contributed to a better experience for everyone. Many was the time that I appreciated someone bringing levity to frustrating or charged situations.

For airine employees and passengers, delayed flights, broken airplanes and bad weather aren’t usually recipes for good times.

The flight attendant watched a passenger try to stuff his hopelessly overloaded bags into the overhead bin.

Finally she informed him that he would have to check the oversized-luggage.

“When I fly other airlines,” he said irritably, “I never have this problem!”

She smiled and said, “Sir, when you fly other airlines, I don’t have this problem either.”

humor-healthCommunicating face-to-face with another person with humor gives us a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety, pain, and conflict. Humor lightens our burdens, inspires hopes, connects us to others, and keeps us (not our plane!) grounded, focused, and alert.

While a good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, the data is mounting about the positive things laughter does for us.

Here’s hoping that we can all help each other take our humor to new heights!