"When does a joke turn into a dad joke?" ...When it becomes apparent!
Studies have shown that people laugh about 30 times more when they are around others than when they are alone. Studies also show that most laughter comes from everyday life occurrences, rather than from jokes. We appreciate “dad jokes'' for being clever, but the things that make us laugh the most are situations that happen when we are around other people. There are thousands of languages, but laughter is a language that unites us all.
When God told Abraham and Sarah they were to have a baby in their old age, they both laughed. They named their baby “Isaac,” which means, “He who laughs.” Genesis 21:6 says, “And Sarah declared, ‘God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me.’”
Laughter is contagious. I’ve played a game before where you take turns fake laughing to see who breaks into real laughter first. It’s inevitable that someone will say “ha ha ha,” and it will turn into a fit of genuine laughter. Laughter, even if it starts forced, helps us release our stress and not take life too seriously.
I’m not saying we need to skip over grief and hard times and laugh it off. Ecclesiastes 3:4 tells us that there is “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” I’ve found that even in times of grief and mourning, it’s helpful to tell your favorite stories about your loved one, to laugh and remember the good times you shared. Laughter doesn’t always make sense, but it helps ease the stress and pain this life brings us. Thank God for the gift of laughter.
Reach out to a friend today and talk about a memory that you share with them that makes you laugh. Pray that God would bring you unexpected joy today even if you are in the midst of a challenging season.