We all know that laughter is the best medicine. Since the 2 Annual Asbury Park Comedy Festival is coming to town on August 24, this is a good time to talk about why laughter and comedy are essential to our personal well-being. Poet Robert Frost said, “If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane.” It’s never too late to start seeing the lighter side of life. Having a good sense of humor is an essential social skill. A well executed joke can get you out of a tight spot or help you get away with things that others would not be able to get away with. Humor is often the gateway to friendship and a trait we typically desire in a partner. A sense of humor can be a lifesaver in a relationship. The ability to laugh at one’s self and at life’s challenges allows a person to maintain a proper perspective when dealing with sensitive issues within a relationship. Couples who are playful and teasing can defuse potentially volatile situations with their humor. Sharing the pleasure of humor creates a sense of intimacy and connection between two people, qualities that define solid, successful relationships. But what makes us laugh? For some it's sitcoms like Seinfeld, or classic I Love Lucy. Or maybe you like controversial humor from comedians like Richard Pryor or George Carlin. Ever laugh out loud while reading a book? The only book that ever did that for me was Joseph Heller’s Catch 22. Humor is, of course, subjective, but most of us have something that tickles our funny bone and makes us dissolve into uncontrollable laughter. Join Life Coach Jenn A. Nocera and me for a humorous look at comedy. After the show, please check out After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for additional information.
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