Can a smile soothe the nation’s angst on social issues? Our Quote of the Week is from the late actress and comedienne Phyllis Diller ((July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012). The escalating gun violence, looting and bent-up anger around the country desperately needs an outlet.  Laughter and a smile is a good place to start.

Smile soothe a nation's angst
Phyllis Diller by Allan Warren licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” — Phyllis Diller

What the Nation Needs Now

The past five months of living with the invisible enemy known as COVID-19 has taken its toll on the American people. We’ve seen an upsurge in protests, violence and criminal activity, as well as in the spread of the virus. From the aftermath of the senseless killing of George Floyd up to Sunday night’s senseless looting and violence in Chicago, it is evident that we are in desperate need of something to soothe our angst.

It is said that laughter is the best medicine and that a smile is good for your health. Can a simple smile soothe Americans angst? Worth a try. Stand-up comics from a different generation like Phyllis Diller soothed the angst of housewives and women. Different times but the same needs.

Smile soothe nation's angst

Phyllis Diller was a trailblazer for female comediennes. “They said it couldn’t be done back then (to be a successful lady comic, that is) but the doyenne of female stand-up did just that — opened the doors for other odd-duck funny girls who dared to intrude on what was considered a man’s profession.” (from her IMBD Bio)

She made a name for herself by being herself – a wacky, scrawny, witchy-faced, flyaway haired, outlandishly costumed, cigarette-holding, magpie-cackling woman. Playing off of the typical housewife syndrome, which she was highly familiar with as the wife and mother of 5 children, she caught the eye of several legendary entertainers including Bob Hope. George Burns and Jack Benny. Phyllis eventually share the biggest comedy stages with each.

Socially Sparked

A simple smile can warm the darkest heart. Can and will a smile soothe what ails Americans? It’s worth a try. We should take a page from the legendary funny woman, Phyllis Diller. Forever #SociallySparked®  Tweet us @sosparkednews