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April Wise Fools

Two clowns stop in to get their hair done.
Two clowns stop in to get their hair done.
AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Ernest Coleman

The wise fool archetype has been around for thousands of years. The clown or fool shows up, for instance, in many of Shakespeare’s plays. The fools in Twelfth Night and King Lear see through the drama of the humans around them with insight and wisdom. The jester or clown was a “fixture” at court, because laughter was seen as indispensable in the lives of kings or queens whose minds were focused on the often stressful business of running a kingdom.

Several studies show and confirm what has been known through the ages: Humor and laughter are good for us--giving us energy and busting stress. Humor can help us problem-solve and work through difficulty by showing the absurdity in a situation or drama. Laughing can give us some “distance” so we can better see the bigger picture.

Make this April laugher-filled and healthy. Look for opportunities to see the humor!