What if we really allowed ourselves to enjoy life, to laugh more -- and to see more inspirational movies? What if we took some time off, even if it is just two hours to enjoy a children's movie? What could be wrong with that?
Believe it or not, being with families of people who are dying can also provide opportunities for humor. Very funny situations happen to people in their lives and recounting them when someone is dying is healthy.
I have become even more firmly convinced that sometimes laughter is the greatest blessing we have in stressful times. Perhaps God wants us to laugh in those moments when pain seems to be the only thing we feel.
What's so funny about a Muslim guy walking through the airport, or the bride of Frankenstein ... or saliva. It's all there -- and more! -- at an exhibit called "What Makes Us Smile?" at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum.
At very low cost to him, Bin Laden has pushed the U.S. to eviscerate its civil liberties -- the rights to free speech, a speedy trial and to be secure in one's home -- formerly the envy of freedom-loving people everywhere.
A study in the Journal Nature Genetics showed some people are genetically predisposed to age more rapidly than others. Age-associated diseases are more related to biological rather than chronological age.
Sometimes at Thanksgiving it's not so obvious what goes on the "I-am-thankful-for" list. For me, this year there was no question. This year I am thankful for the life of my late son-in-law Michael McLaughlin.
Humor has a way of sliding through the cracks, of reminding us that whatever is going on just isn't that important. It keeps things in perspective, provides relief, gets us to see things in new lights and yes, has tons of health benefits.
Could it be that some parents deprive their children of silly stories mistakenly believing that silly is counterproductive? Could they believe that the world is a harsh place with no room for laughter and goofiness?