Wouldn’t we all be better off if we laughed more?
Bill, at 95, believes that humor is the greatest medicine. He stands on his downtown front stoop and jokes with random passersby. He does the same thing at the grocery store and the bank. If he gets people laughing, he figures he’s done his duty for the day.
After reading about the role that laughter can play in health and concentration, one of my students suggested a study tip: take a break and force yourself to laugh (which releases oxygen into the blood), then get back to work on that research paper. Now that’s taking laughter = health benefits quite literally.
The “Pranking Dane,” Glenn, has a slightly different approach to humor. For him, the best jokes are the ones that stop people in their tracks. Like when he put that ladies slip on his rumpled bed, and watched his housekeeper react. He also likes to wear a t-shirt that says “Retired: Go Around.” (See pic below.) Glenn must be the inspiration for Betty White’s new show “Off Their Rockers,” which is all about elders as pranksters.
Glenn is a favorite among readers of Aging Our Way. They love his spunk, and appreciate his efforts to throw ageist notions back in people’s faces (in fun-loving ways).
Glenn – any good pranking lately?
Your turn: What’s your favorite aging-related joke or prank?
This is the seventh in a 13- post series on living well, adapted from Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond