Find fun in life

Life would be a little easier if people just laughed a little and took a little bit better care of themselves, an expert and humorist says.

Humorist Kay Frances presented a humorous look at relieving stress and being healthy during the Administrative Professionals Luncheon held Wednesday in observance of Administrative Professionals Day.

“Stress is universal,” Frances said. “It is specific to the individual, but just about everybody has stress. The goal is to leave them feeling a little better than they felt when they came in, to let them relax and have some laughs.

“Humor is all around us,” she said. “It is important to have a sense of humor and to take care of your health.”

Frances, who has performed in 38 states and Canada, including world-reknown comedy clubs such as Dangerfield’s The Comic Strip and the Improvisation, told people to simply take a lightened view at everyday life.

Frances described how people are often funniest when they are not trying to be, and she used a family member as an example, her sister, Cindy. She described some of her sister’s “Cindyisms.” Some of them included, “She’s just not the sharpest tool in the sky,” “Seriously, leopards don’t change their stripes,” or “I am up a pole without a paddle.”

“I laugh like crazy,” Frances said, “but I never correct her. I don’t want her to quit doing it and thus dry up a bottomless well of amusement for me.”

She also used humorous descriptions on how times have changed for youth growing up today, such as not needing seatbelts “because we had mom’s bionic arm.” She also talked about using rabbit ears on televisions and wrapping them in aluminum foil if they didn’t work.

“My mother used to say that 90 percent of what we worry about never happens,” Frances said. “I believe that is true. We need to lighten up. It’s just life. None of us get out of it alive.”

Lisa Ruppert, an administrative assistant in customer service and inventory controls at Ametek Westchester Plastics, said she enjoyed Frances’s funny outlook on life.

“I thought it was interesting how she incorporated everything into everyday life,” Ruppert said. “It can be very stressful. I enjoyed listening to ways to keep healthy and reduce stress.”

Kodi Moser, an administrative assistant at R.E. Becker Builders Inc., said she enjoyed Frances’ presentation.

“She was really funny,” Moser said. “It was nice to get away from the office and just have a good time.”

Dan Lee, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, is also an administrative assistant for Auglaize Audiology Inc., said the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce has hosted the event for eight years.

“Its just a day to recognize our administrative assistants, Lee said. “A way to say thank you for working over or being a steady employee. It is a nice way that they can feel appreciated and have a good time.”