Even God’s Word tells us there is “a time to laugh” at Ecclesiastes 3:4. Well, it’s that time! Ok, maybe it’s just time to smile. But if we learn how to tell a joke with energy and good timing, we can be the life of the party or the sunshine in someone’s dreary life!
Try putting a smile on someone’s face today by sharing a wholesome joke and see if laughter really is the best medicine! Here are a few of my recent favorites:
Right at the end of a job interview, the human resources manager asked a young engineer fresh out of MIT what kind of salary he was looking for.
“I’m looking for something in the neighborhood of $150,000 a year, depending on the package,” the young engineer said.
“What would you say to a package of five weeks vacation with 10 paid holidays, full medical and dental insurance, a company matching retirement fund of 50 percent of your salary, and a company car leased every two years ... let’s say, a red Corvette?” asked the manager.
“Wow! Are you kidding?” exclaimed the recruit.
“Yeah,” admitted the manager. “But you started it.”
Then we have a three-year-old who looked up at his father and asked, “Dad, are you growing taller all the time?”
“No, son. Why do you ask?”
Pointing, the little boy said, “Because the top of your head is poking up through your hair!”
OK. How about the poor country pastor who was livid when he confronted his wife with a receipt for a $250 dollar dress she had bought.
“How could you do this!” he exclaimed.
“I don’t know,” she wailed. “I was standing in the store looking at the dress. Then I found myself trying it on. It was like the devil was whispering to me, saying, ‘You really look good in that dress! You should buy it.”
“Well,” the pastor persisted, “you know how to deal with that! Just tell him, ‘Get behind me, Satan!’”
“I did!” replied his wife. “But he said, “It looks great from back here, too.”
Then there was the man who came out of a shopping mall to find the side of his car had been rammed. He began to get upset but was relieved to discover a note under his windshield wiper. He took the note and began to read it. “As I am writing this note, about a dozen people are watching me. They think I’m giving you my name, phone number and insurance company. But I’m not.”
Did you hear about the old country doctor who went out in the country to deliver a baby where there was no electricity? When he arrived, no one was home except the mother who was in labor and her 5-year-old son.
The doctor needed some assistance, so he asked the little boy to hold a lantern high enough so he could see while he delivered the baby. The child took his job quite seriously. The mother pushed and pushed, and, after awhile, the doctor lifted the newborn baby by the feet and spanked him on the bottom to get him to breathe. The doctor looked at his little assistant and smiled.
“Hit him again,” the child said. “He shouldn’t have crawled up there in the first place!”
Then there were the three boys who were bragging on their fathers. The oldest boy spoke first, “My dad is so fast he can shoot an arrow and get to the target before the arrow does!”
“That’s nothing!” said the second boy. “My dad is so fast he can shoot a deer at 500 yards and get to that deer before it falls!”
“Big deal!” said the third boy. “My dad is faster than both of yours. His work shift ends at 4:30, and he’s so fast he gets home at 3:45!”
How about the two elderly couples who were walking the Greenway together. The women were a few feet ahead of the men. One man told the other they’d had a wonderful meal at a cozy restaurant serving great food at reasonable prices.
“What was the name of the restaurant?” the other man asked.
“I don’t recall,” the first man said. “I’m going to need some help. What’s that pretty flower with the thorns on the stem?”
“You mean a rose?” his friend responded.
“That’s it!” the man replied. Then he shouted to his wife: “Hey, Rose! What’s the name of the restaurant we ate at last night?”
Telling jokes can be a lot of fun! The ability to make people laugh is one of the best ways to make friends and endear yourself to others.
Just remember as comedian Woody Allen once said, “Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering — and it’s all over much too soon.” So laugh while you can! Help others feel happy and tickled and glad to be alive. Enjoy this wonderful, unpredictable and zany experience that we call life!
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