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A Little Humor On This April Fools' Day

Over the past several days, we've tackled some practical - and hopefully helpful - information for you in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. One week ago I wrote about beginning to work from home. I followed that up with a look at the soap versus sanitizer debate. I closed out the week last Friday with an analysis of the effectiveness of social distancing with a little help from the Mythbusters. This week I've discussed personal protective equipment and how to handle the loss of your health coverage if you've lost your job. Today I'm looking to do something a little different, and hopefully add a sense of levity to what has been for many of us a very different and challenging few weeks.

Of course, today is April Fools' Day. Around the globe, there have been calls to cancel the annual event in which office pranks rule the day. There is some good reason for that, I suppose. But I also think that it's important to step back and even in the midst of challenging circumstances find some time for fun and laughter. After all, many have attested to the healing effects found in laughter. As Voltaire puts it, "The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease." Lord Byron stated, "Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine." A Jewish proverb claims, "As soap is to the body, so laughter is to the soul." It's even biblical. In Proverbs 17:22 we read, "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Laughter heals.

There is no shortage of people who are doing their best to try and keep things light during this time that can be found on the internet. For many, I don't think they are trying to make light of the situation more than they are trying to maintain a positive attitude. For instance, take the Holderness family in the video below. They have posted videos to YouTube for a few years, so doing something humorous isn't new ground for them. They have used their platform to both spread awareness and provide a joyful diversion and I encourage you to check them out and to watch this video below that provides a fun look at some practical information.

It's also been tough as a sports fan lately. Events have been cancelled, and rightly so, as a way to slow the spread of the virus. The Olympics have been postponed. Major sports leagues worldwide have suspended their seasons. The baseball season has been delayed. Sports has often been a diversion in times of crisis, but that's pretty difficult now. But sports announcers are doing what they can to stay ready for when the games can safely resume and the results can often be hilarious. Take the tweeted video below from NBC's Olympic swimming announcers Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines, which is just one example of many sportscasters narrating the obscure or ridiculous.

In these days where we have been asked to stay home and save lives, cabin fever is certainly preferable to a coronavirus induced fever. But self-isolation carries with it some significant challenges as well. It is easy to become depressed, so be sure to attend to your mental health. And be sure to seek out those things that make you smile. After all, laughter truly is the best medicine.

Stay well. Stay safe. And please, stay home!



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