u n l e s s. . .
Thanks to the World Laughter Tour and Dr. Steve Wilson
I became a Certified Laughter Leader
in February, 2016
I’m more C E R T I F I A B L E
than CERTIFIED. . .
I recently provided a workshop
for a Hospice Team
that was organized by their FUN COMMITTEE. . .
Shortly following the workshop
one of the Nurses on the Team sent me this email:
Chuck, Thanks for the laughs. I think you answered a question for me. A year ago an acquaintance of my brother and I had posted on FaceBook that she could not tell the difference between us from posted pictures. My nephew posted that the the pictures where the guy was smiling was my brother. The other pictures were of his uncle, me. Since I do not use social media, I wouldn’t have noticed except my daughter pointed out to me how she had put her cousin in his place. (Such fire can come from gentle souls!) Since then though I have been checking in with the mirror to see where the smile went I was most puzzled because (1) My nickname in high school was “ear to ear,” and (2) I thought that I was smiling. I have been watching my peers in team and I have noticed that we do not smile except the we are laughing. As I watched you, I did not see a smile except with laughter. When your face relaxed the corners of your mouth relaxed downward. I have a voice from the past that says, “It takes more muscles to frown than to smile.” What has happened? I think that it is this: Both smiles and frowns are surface expressions and quickly deceive Of the two, though, are work allows for the frown as the more acceptable. I think that we spend a great deal of effort in the trenches where smiles are inappropriate. We have lost the ability to smile from disuse of smiling muscles So though we may be smiling on the inside, our faces do not show it. I do not think that this is either good or bad. I thing that it as the artist, Chuck Close has said, “The face is a road map of a person’s life.” You showed me today that you do not have to be able to smile to be able to laugh, Hohohahaha, YEAH! Thanks.
How about an
for paying way more than just Attention
but for really
N O T I C I N G
is still one of my favorite musicians. . .
He died tragically in a car accident
on July 16, 1981, at 39 years of age. . .
He wrote a song,
L A U G H M A N
that I’ve always related to personally and publicly
long before becoming a Certified Laughter Leader
. . .maybe it embodies and describes the essence of all of us:
The World can be a really sad Place. . .
u n l e s s
I make it a different
r e s i d e n c e
w h o e v e r
L A U G H S
l a s t s. . .
Let’s be about
P R O V I N G I T