It’s Not a Laughing Matter…. Or Is It?

[February 13 | 0 Comments | 1472 views]

Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

Have you heard the expression, “This is not a laughing matter?” That statement usually indicates that something critical is happening. We all know that serious events and emergencies occur from time to time. They need to be handled accordingly. Serious circumstances call for serious responses.

How about when there are not serious circumstances? Some people still behave in a “This is not a laughing matter” mode. Even when things are good! Don’t we all know people who go through life this way? They seem to be in crisis all the time no matter what is going on in their lives. They’ve got it all wrong. They’re missing the joy in life. They should be smiling, laughing and having more fun. All I can say is, “Come on people!”

Wouldn’t we all like to have more fun in our lives? We need to laugh! Not just a little fun, but out loud laughing fun. Let’s sprinkle fun in everything that we do from work, to play, to you name it.  Work should be fun. It should be something that we look forward to. We usually spend more time at work than anywhere else. We need it to be enjoyable! Fun at work means that it’s okay to crack a joke instead of just cracking the whip.

Okay, okay! Where are you going with this? ...Here’s where: I’m going to touch on virtually everyone’s universal goal. What does everyone want out of life? If you had to sum it up in one word, what would it be? Answer: We all want happiness. Ta da! It’s the universal want.  Fun and happy people tend to be more productive in both their work and home life. There is something magical about being happy and industrious at the same time. Those two words nourish each other. Thomas Jefferson along with our other founding fathers had the profound insight to include “happy” in the Declaration of Independence: We have the right to, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” How about that!

Here’s a Litmus Test: How can you tell if a relationship is in good shape?

American motivational public speaker and self-development author Brian Tracy said, “Whether it’s a business or personal relationship, you can tell if a relationship is healthy by the presence of laughter. It’s present in virtually every healthy relationship.”  The reverse of that is also true. The lack of laughter in the workplace or at home usually indicates some problems.

Laughter really is the best medicine… Speaking of medicine…

Did you hear about the man who went to the doctor and said that he has no feeling on his left side? …He’s all right now.

Yours in Rotary,

Tony Parziale