In spite of the
sub-zero cold, at least one reader in Minnesota continues to
keep his spirits up. “If you smile while reading this,” he
writes, “please rise to the occasion and pass it on to
someone having a crumby day and kneading a lift.”
I’d say we
all do, Chuck. Thanks for your take on this old familiar news
from Minnesota: The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a
yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes
in the belly. He was 75.
celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs.
Butterworth, Hungry Jack, Betty Crocker, and Captain Crunch.
Proof of his popularity was that Doughboy’s gravesite was
piled high with many flours.”
delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man
who never knew how much he was kneaded. Born and raised in
Minnesota, Doughboy rose quickly in show business but his
later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a
very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked
Despite being a
little flaky at times, he was still a crusty old man and was
considered a positive roll model for millions.
survived by his wife, Play Dough, three children: John Dough,
Jane Dough and Dosey Dough, plus one bun in the oven. Doughboy
is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.
buried in a lightly greased coffin. The funeral was held at
3:50 for about 20 minutes.”
laughter do more than make us smile. “A cheerful heart is
good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones,”
wrote the wise man Solomon in his book of Proverbs. Modern
researchers agree that humor helps relieve stress, improves
digestion and can even strengthen our immune system.
is a cheerful chuckle? One study that involved almost 21,000
Japanese men and women found that those who laughed at least
once a day had a significantly lower risk of heart disease
than those who never or almost never laughed. These results
stood even after consideration of other risk factors such as
high cholesterol, high blood pressure, depression and weight.
healthful diet, a daily dose of humor might be just what we
need. Indeed, it’s been reported that Pope Francis prays
this prayer for good humor each day:
Grant me, O
Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a
healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a
simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good
doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil,
finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul
that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments,
nor excess of
stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I.”
Grant me, O
Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the
grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of
and to be able
to share it with others.