1. Marcus

    It’s definitely true that laughter is the best way to feel better. I think a day without laughter is a wasted day.

    I tell you what I really enjoy doing. I like to put stand-up comedy shows on my MP3 player and then go for walks while listening to them. People probably think I’m mad for walking along laughing to myself, but I don’t care, I’m having a better time than them. I also listen to it while driving to and from work, so people will see me laughing while driving my car. Again, if they think I’m mad, too bad, I’m having a great time.

    Have you ever done this?

    • Stefan

      Hey Marcus

      Thanks for the comment! This is a real good idea, I use to listen to different podcasts, but commedy isn’t in my program yet. So what would you recommend to download. I think it’s a great idea to hit the road with a smile on the face 😉

      Cheers, Stefan

  2. Tinnakon

    Hello Stefan having one line joke is a cheer up in a dull occasion. Even in a serious meeting a joke can be a clue to refresh the team and brings in new idea. Doing it a lot seems to be dud in some case. But yes if you are in need of some stress reliever this is what the god spares for all of us. I love this kind of trick and joke as it is useful for me to warm up the folks in the seminar particularly when I am a leader and making address in front of the group of people. It make them relieve and go on listening to the topic.

    • Stefan

      Thanks a lot, you made a good point. Because the oneliners are so powerful, they need to be dosed like a spice. Have you had an occasion where you developed a seminar session around a joke or aphorism?

  3. dave

    A cheerful heart truly is good medicine. I have been way too serious for most of my life. I guess I let the stresses of life crowd out the lighter, brighter aspects. Only recently have I realized the benefit of laughter and it definitely makes a difference. Thanks for this collection of one liners that can be accessed as needed.

    • Stefan

      Hey Dave

      I’m happy to contribute to a greater lightness in your life! In the end humor, especially laughing about onself, is a spiritual mindset, because you stop identifying with any kind of thought or feelings, be they terrific or depressing. It’s truely liberating.

      Have a nice weekend, Stefan

  4. Dmitriy

    Hi Stefan,

    You really cheered me up, and that’s just great! 🙂

    I like to collect oneliners and I noticed here some that I’ve never seen before. Loved religious ones! Wilde’s quotes are always a pleasure to read – no matter how many times you’ve already seen them.

    I also like Abraham Lincoln’s oneliners and Terry Pratchett’s brilliant quotes, perhaps you would consider adding them, too?

    • Stefan

      Hey Dmitriy

      Thank you so much for your great feedback and the new suggestions! I really like to keep gathering more oliners. And as soon as I get to research your sources, I’ll add them to my post.

      Take care, Stefan

  5. Ian

    Wow, I love your site. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

    This is an amazing article, and seems to include a little bit of everything. The Biblical jokes didn’t really come across to me as jokes, but more as wisdom sayings or proverbs, but I think in themselves they are true enough. 🙂

    The Zen ones are the best because they seem so absurd. This article reminds me that I need to laugh more, so thank you for that.

    • Stefan

      Hi Ian

      I’m glad you enjoyed my post. You’re absolutely right, the hardest thing for me was to find good one liners in the Bible. Some reflecting the meaning of the heart rather hint at humor than being jokes themselves.

      But consider this one: “If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.” (Job 13:5) It could be transformed into a one liner of an imaginary poetry slammer like this:

      “Stand up to the plate and shut up! As sage as you ever can be.”

      And the pride before the fall evokes in me a snobbish cavalier that falls off his horse just when it starts to galopp.

      Keep on laughing! Stefan

  6. Raphael Ali

    This is a great message, it is both figurative and literal and it’s supported by so many people throughout history. I’ve experienced someone making me laugh when I was very upset and the last thing on my mind was laughter, but my mood was changed against my will and I was no longer upset and was glad the person decided to crack a joke instead of letting wallow in my pity.

    • Stefan

      Hi Raphael

      thanks for your personal sharing. It’s good to know how strong humor can be in all kinds of circumstances!

      Take care, Stefan

  7. Loes

    Thank you Stefan, for the good quotes and some very funny ones, I have a few for you too, this one is not a funny one but a truth: “The true and solid peace of humans consists not in equality of arms,
    but in equality of distribution of life’s riches.
    Then my life motto’s: Teach the children well, and we can change the world in a decade. And What you send out, you get back, so give everything to every one.

    Kind regards Loes

    • Hello Loes
      thanks a lot! Especially your life motto goes along with my experience and my values. As a father of 3 children in puberty I can see this truth unfolding in my own life.
      Take care, Stefan

  8. Derek Marshall

    HI there,

    definitely following the age of philosophy of laughter is the best medicine and the practice of risotherapy.

    Living in this day and age it is so easy to have a bucket load of resources, bookmarked jokes pages to fave funny videos on youtube to funny quotes websites. Just have to get into the habit of looking for them and using them when needed.

    • Stefan

      Good point, Derek, thanks!

      That’s what I’m trying to do. Adjust to a new habit and build a collection of pearls of humor. Any suggestion for a good website odr video?

      Lauch on, Stefan

  9. Cathy

    Hi Dr.Stefan,

    Something for a change – what a lighthearted article to read this is. It reminds me of my favorite column in the Reader’s Digest publication – “Laughter, The Best Medicine”. I always read them before anything else in the magazine.

    You are right, we should joke more often and I hope I will remember this every time the stress in life builds up. I heard they make you live longer too 😛

    Here’s a multiple-line joke that I read recently;

    Lying on his deathbed, a loving husband was wavering between life and death when he thought he smelled chocolate chip cookies baking. They were his very favorite, so he dragged himself out of bed, crawled to the kitchen and was just reaching up to take a cookie off the plate when his wife slapped his hand with a spatula.

    “Don’t touch!” she commanded. “They’re for the funeral.”

    • Stefan

      Hi Cathy

      thanks a lot for this great joke, I loved it! When you consider the power of humor, it only takes a clear decision to focus on the funny side of life. Do you know Monty Python’s “Always look on the bright side of life”? Absolutely hilarious 😉

      Cheers, Stefan

  10. Simone

    As the saying goes, “laughter is the best medicine”. And it is FREE!

    I prefer one line jokes as they get right to the point. I have a short attention span, so if the joke goes on too long I often start thinking of other things and then miss the entire punchline.

    I think, as a society we all need to laugh more and not take everything so seriously. Mental health issues are on the rise. It is scary that nowadays mental health issues are effecting so many children, not just adults.

    Perhaps we all need to start telling some more jokes!

    • Stefan

      Hi Simone,

      you’re absolutely right. Let’s permeate our daily conversations with more humor. But how does the change come about? By changing your inner focus towards the lighthearted while at the same time appreciating the shadows, the darker side of life. In this I follow Monty Python: “Always look at the bright side of life…” 😉

      Hang on, Stefan

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