© 2016 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
This form of humor was my favorite, before I knew it had a name: the paraprosdokian! Yes, that’s a real term, from the Greek, paraprosdokian (I know, same word), meaning “beyond expectations”. This is a statement that seems to be going in one direction and then goes in another direction, surprising the listener or reader. It’s the surprise I love. In Upbeat Livingsm, we know that not only is humor fun, but it literally feels good and is good for you.
These one-liners will usually make people smile. And smiling literally puts you in a good mood, because, as research shows, your facial expression can determine your mood. If one of these paraprosdokians really cracks you up, and you chuckle, or even laugh, then you get great health benefits: production of endorphins and the master hormone, DHEA. These compounds will make your body run better and feel better, plus they put you in a good mood. And then you are smiling again, in a self-renewing circuit of wonderfulness. Plus, people will wonder why you’re smiling, and they will ask you. So there’s some social benefit as well.
Some paraprosdokians are very familiar, such as:
He who laughs last…thinks slowest.
I could agree with you…but then we’d both be wrong.
Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool…So I gave him a glass of water.
Here are more you may enjoy. And feel free to smile!
Take my advice…I’m not using it.
I’m great at multi-tasking…I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.
I was going to give him a nasty look…but he already had one.
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit…Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.
I was going to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn’t find it.
If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
Artificial intelligence is no match… for natural stupidity.
Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they’re at home…when you wish they were.
Ever stop to think…and forget to start again?
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright …until you hear them speak.
Evening news is when they start, “Good evening!”… and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
You’re never too old…to learn something stupid.
So keep your eye out for these refreshing one-liners and let them recharge your brain, your sense of humor, and your metabolism. Who knows, maybe you’ll write some of your own and use them at cocktail parties. And that’s Upbeat Living!
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- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition(http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc ). Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com.
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