Married three times during her lifetime and said to have been romantically involved with U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe’s life was sadly not always one of laughter. The circumstances of her death in 1962, at the age of 36, due to barbiturate poisoning gave rise to rumour and conspiracy theories by some. However, her iconic image and screen legacy lives on.
Those with a GSOH can understand how important laughter is in a relationship, although men and women may respond to humour in different ways. Men generally like one-liners or jokes with punch lines, such as ‘My girlfriend treats me like a god – every evening she provides me with a plate full of burnt offerings.’ Women, on the other hand, tend more to appreciate humour found in stories that relate to everyday life such as funny family tales or events.
When trying to make a girl giggle or a lady laugh, it is suggested that a man can discover the clues that tickle her funny bone the most. Her favourite comedians, comedy films or romcoms could provide clues. However, making comic remarks about her weight, size, appearance or clothes are best avoided unless he wants to end the relationship.
The man should also aim for originality in his humour, for example the chat-up line, ‘I like your dress but it would look better on my bedroom floor’ has been named one of the worst chat up lines by women.
As well as playing a vital role in relationships, laughter can play an important part in reducing stress and in healing.
Research by the TV channel Dave has shown that small children are said to laugh nearly 300 times a day, more than the average teenager who only laughs around about six times a day. People in their twenties and thirties laugh only laugh around five times a day which is more than the three laughs a day enjoyed by those in their fifties.
According to Dave, people over fifty are the grumpiest, complain more and worry about health and money. One of the researchers suggests: “It’s important to remember how good laugher is for you. It releases the pain killing chemicals called endorphins, and a little laughter every day goes a long way to reducing stress.”
This has been confirmed by Oxford University researchers who have found that hearty laughing with friends for 15 minutes a day was enough to raise a person’s pain threshold by 10 percent.
Finally, to conclude, another quote provided by the late, great Marilyn Monroe, "Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about."