Herlife Magazine November 2015 : Page 44

HERLIFE JUST SAYIN’ laughter and its healing power written by greg aidala | photo by evan lauber Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side. It’s such a juvenile joke, but how many times have you recited or heard that joke and it made you smile? I know for me, it’s been many times. Whether it was said on the school playground, or when I heard my young nieces or nephews say it for the first time, I always smiled. Laughter has healing power, and to me it is “the best medicine” in-deed. And yes, I realize Tylenol, TUMS and homemade chicken soup have healing powers too. However, there is something so innate, pure and inno-cent about laughing that can truly heal one’s body, mind and soul. Any way you look at it, laughing can help one cope with even the direst of situations. We all have our stories. Take for example, my story. In 1981, my mother succumbed to breast cancer. On the night of her passing, my father gathered my four sisters, three brothers and me around him and said that we would get through this storm with teamwork and humor. And we have. As hard as it’s been, we can always find something to laugh about. Within my 14-year entertainment career, I’ve come to recognize that when a person is laughing, that’s all they’re thinking about in that moment. Nothing else. Whether it’s relieving tension from a bad day at the office, noticing that you’ve only shaved half your face, or celebrating at a gathering of loved ones, laughter lightens the mood. According to some studies, laughing can actually make you think more clearly. I once read that laughter also positively affects hormones. By in-creasing endorphins, hormones that assuage the sympathetic nervous sys-tem, laughter facilitates a state of peace in the body. Read that line again: “laughter facilities a state of peace in the body.” Funny how we’re all seeking peace but somehow forget to laugh when things are going our way, or even when the chips are down. Don’t get me wrong; I’m human and I have my off days for sure. You just have to keep moving forward…and to keep laughing. That’s why over the last five years I’ve expanded my entertainment business by catering to fundraisers and charities that are looking for new ways to get their message out, and they’re calling on me to organize shows to shed laughter on difficult situations. Whether it be for cancer awareness, suicide prevention, muscular dys-trophy, diabetes, Elks lodges or fire departments, organizations are looking for ways to raise both awareness and funds, and the properly aligned com-edy show can go a long way toward leaving people with a greater sense of hope, even in those darkest of times. We all put our pants on the same way…one leg at a time. Our laugh styles, on the other hand, are vastly different. Some flare loudly, while others sound like the squeaking of chipmunks. Either way, laughing is such an important part of life. It conveys a message to those around you that nothing can stop this emotion. One day back when I was in seventh grade, something within the classroom made me laugh out loud, and this irritated my teacher. She looked at me with a look that could cut glass. I apologized and said that I couldn’t help it. She replied, “You can help it. Laughing is a choice.” And she was right. Laughter is a choice, and I choose to find humor each and every day. I encourage you to do it as well. Now I’m off to find that damn chicken to find out, once and for all: why did she cross the road? HLM Greg Aidala is an award-winning comedian and actor based in New York. To learn more about his entertainment company, radial gage entertainment, and his award-winning touring comedy production, The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase, visit gregaidala.com. 44 HERLIFENEWYORK.COM

Just Sayin’

Greg Aidala

laughter and its healing power

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side. It’s such a juvenile joke, but how many times have you recited or heard that joke and it made you smile? I know for me, it’s been many times. Whether it was said on the school playground, or when I heard my young nieces or nephews say it for the first time, I always smiled.

Laughter has healing power, and to me it is “the best medicine” indeed. And yes, I realize Tylenol, TUMS and homemade chicken soup have healing powers too. However, there is something so innate, pure and innocent about laughing that can truly heal one’s body, mind and soul.

Any way you look at it, laughing can help one cope with even the direst of situations. We all have our stories. Take for example, my story. In 1981, my mother succumbed to breast cancer. On the night of her passing, my father gathered my four sisters, three brothers and me around him and said that we would get through this storm with teamwork and humor. And we have. As hard as it’s been, we can always find something to laugh about.

Within my 14-year entertainment career, I’ve come to recognize that when a person is laughing, that’s all they’re thinking about in that moment. Nothing else. Whether it’s relieving tension from a bad day at the office, noticing that you’ve only shaved half your face, or celebrating at a gathering of loved ones, laughter lightens the mood.

According to some studies, laughing can actually make you think more clearly. I once read that laughter also positively affects hormones. By increasing endorphins, hormones that assuage the sympathetic nervous system, laughter facilitates a state of peace in the body.

Read that line again: “laughter facilities a state of peace in the body.” Funny how we’re all seeking peace but somehow forget to laugh when things are going our way, or even when the chips are down. Don’t get me wrong; I’m human and I have my off days for sure. You just have to keep moving forward…and to keep laughing.

That’s why over the last five years I’ve expanded my entertainment business by catering to fundraisers and charities that are looking for new ways to get their message out, and they’re calling on me to organize shows to shed laughter on difficult situations.

Whether it be for cancer awareness, suicide prevention, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, Elks lodges or fire departments, organizations are looking for ways to raise both awareness and funds, and the properly aligned comedy show can go a long way toward leaving people with a greater sense of hope, even in those darkest of times.

We all put our pants on the same way…one leg at a time. Our laugh styles, on the other hand, are vastly different. Some flare loudly, while others sound like the squeaking of chipmunks. Either way, laughing is such an important part of life. It conveys a message to those around you that nothing can stop this emotion. One day back when I was in seventh grade, something within the classroom made me laugh out loud, and this irritated my teacher. She looked at me with a look that could cut glass. I apologized and said that I couldn’t help it. She replied, “You can help it. Laughing is a choice.”

And she was right. Laughter is a choice, and I choose to find humor each and every day. I encourage you to do it as well. Now I’m off to find that damn chicken to find out, once and for all: why did she cross the road?

Greg Aidala is an award-winning comedian and actor based in New York. To learn more about his entertainment company, radial gage entertainment, and his award-winning touring comedy production, The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase, visit gregaidala.com.

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