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Laughter is good for the soul
You’ve heard the saying “Laughter is the best medicine,” right? We probably didn’t need scientists to confirm it, but they have. Over and over again in so many studies.
Laughter binds us together and is better shared with others. How many ways does laughter benefit us? The Mayo Clinic tells us that laughter has both short-term and long-term benefits.
Short term benefits
- Soothes tension by improving circulation and helping muscles relax.
- Stimulates your organs because you take in more oxygen and increases the good chemicals released by your brain.
Long term benefits
- Improves your immune system as your body releases an army of neuropeptides (our body has over 100 of them) to fight illness and other bad things created by stress.
- Releases your body’s natural painkillers.
- Gives a boost to our mood and can help combat anxiety and depression.
- Increases personal satisfaction because laughter helps us cope better and improves our social connection.
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The science of laughter
Laughter has an unlimited shelf life. It doesn’t expire. Researchers tell us that when people reminisce about a shared funny experience from their past, the memory is likely to evoke the same level of laughter and the benefits that go along with it.
When you spend time with older people, you might notice they enjoy retelling stories from their past. Sometimes, they tell these stories over and over. But, did you know that in retelling funny stories they are benefiting emotionally and physically?
The research is clear. When you give your elders an audience for their funny memories, you are helping to improve their health.
Sharing in laughter also helps couples improve their relationships. Psychology scholars at Appalachian State University experimented with laughter’s effects on couples. They wanted to find out if laughing about a shared memory would increase a couple’s view of their romantic relationship.
It did. What’s more, the researchers found out that the memory didn’t have to be a positive thing. The couple could share laughter over a past experience that was negative, such as something embarrassing, but they had found ways to laugh about it.
Maybe, couples that can learn to laugh together can stay together.
Laughter and humor therapy are often used in healthcare settings. A group of Australian researchers decided to look at all the studies about laughter’s use in medicine. They found credible evidence across a whole bunch of research that laughter aids in the following ways:
- Decreases pain, anxiety, stress, depression, and fatigue
- Improve immunity, quality of life, happiness, sleep quality, and resilience.
Who knows! In the future we may be getting prescriptions for laughter!
10 quotes about laughter
With these quotes about laughter, you might just find the perfect saying for creating personalized funny front door mats.
“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” – William Thackeray
“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.” – George Carlin
“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” – Lord Byron
“When humor goes, there goes civilization.” – Erma Bombeck
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” – Dr. Seuss
“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin
“Get your happy on!”
“Keep calm and laugh like crazy.”
“She laughs.” Proverbs 31:25
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Laughing Matters: A Celebration of American Humor by Gene Shalit
Gene Shalit, probably America’s best known and beloved film and book critic, compiled a collection of American humor, which includes more than 100 of our funniest writers and cartoonists. Some of the names you might recognize include:
- Mel Brooks
- Will Rogers
- Groucho and Chico Marx
- Dorothy Parker
- E.B. White
- Garry Trudeau
- Mark Twain
- George Burns and Gracie Allen
Shalit’s love of humor started early in his life. As a teen, he was already writing a humor column for his high school newspaper. He became a recognizable figure from his 40 years as the critic on NBC’s The Today Show. I’ll never forget his handlebar mustache, black fuzzy hair, and wild bow ties! Mr. Shalit, who retired in 2010, is in his 90s.
It’s not easy to find his book Laughing Matters: A Celebration of American Humor. So, when you see one, grab it! The book would make a great gift as well.
Funny one liners from 10 of America’s great humorists
“If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.” – Mel Brooks
“If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?” – Will Rogers
“I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.” – Groucho Marx
“I wasn’t kissing her… I was just whispering in her mouth.” – Chico Marx
“The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant – and let the air out of the tires.” – Dorothy Parker
“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.” – E.B. White
“Graduation speeches were invented largely in the belief that college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.” Garry Trudeau
“I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.” – Mark Twain
“At my age flowers scare me.” – George Burns
“This recipe is certainly silly; it says to separate two eggs, but it doesn’t say how far to separate them.” – Gracie Allen
The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck
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American humorist Erma Bombeck (1927-1996) is one of my favorite writers. I try to introduce her to all the young people I know. For me, her humor is spot on – part tongue-in-cheek and part truth, her humor reflects American suburban life.
If you’re a baby boomer, you know Bombeck from her syndicated newspaper columns that always left America in stitches.
Helen Gurley Brown, the long-time editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, called Bombeck “the best there ever was.”
Her humor struck home with women across the country in all walks of life.
“Even at the height of her popularity, Bombeck continued to do housework, shop at discount stores and check price tags,” wrote Myrna Oliver in Bombeck’s LA Times obituary. “She believed that her type of humor involved ‘pure identification’ by women doing the same tasks she did and enabled by her insight to laugh at the drudgery. She never wanted to lose touch with those readers.”
5 Erma Bombeck funny one liners
“Guilt: The gift that keeps on giving.”
“Anything dropped in the bathroom will fall in the toilet.”
“I haven’t trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour; I’ve never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex.
I do not participate in any sport with ambulances at the bottom of a hill.”
“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.”
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
If you enjoy nostalgia + wit, then Fannie Flagg, who was born in 1944, is the novelist for you. She is also an actress and comedian. Although Fried Green Tomatoes, which was adapted into a popular film, is her most well-known book, she has written numerous others.
The Miami Herald called her Elmwood Springs series “comfort reads of the best kind, warm and engaging without flash or fuss.”
According to the Encyclopedia of Alabama, Flagg’s novels focus “on small-town life (usually set in Alabama), with strong female characters who question racial and gender inequities.”
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“Face it girls. I’m older and I have more insurance.”
“Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you are two steps ahead.”
“Are you a politician or does lying just run in your family?”
“It’s funny, when you’re a child you think time will never go by, but when you hit about twenty, time passes like you’re on the fast train to Memphis.”
“Honey, that’s one thing you be sure and you get on right away, is your Medicaid, you don’t want to be caught without that.”