April has once again arrived, the month when Uncle Sam dips his greedy paws into our pockets to relieve us of much of our hard-earned income. However, there is a brighter side, as April also happens to be National Humor Month.
No, it’s not any sort of official designation, but was begun 40 years ago by best-selling humorist Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel (Calif.) Institute of Humor. “Since April is often bleak and grim,” he says, “and taxes are due on the 15th, it can be one of the most stressful times of the year.”
Well, this year, the deadline is Monday, April 16, giving the procrastinators among us an extra day to practice our craft. The good news is that the very next day is National Humor Day and, to celebrate, we’re providing some thoughts on the subject
How does one define humor? Well, as in the case of beauty, it’s often in the eye of the beholder. I love the way author William James described it – “just common sense, dancing.” Others have defined it as: the sunshine of the mind; the lubricant that makes everything run smoothly; a tonic for mind and body; and the most significant activity of the human brain.
However you view it, we hope this month’s selections will bring a little sunshine to your mind.