I Cleaned My Hands Long Before It Became Fashionable
I’m a high functioning Obsessive-Compulsive, not like those people who can’t get out of the house because they’re constantly checking the stove. I cleaned my hands long before it became fashionable.
I believe hand sanitizer is the greatest invention ever, but have you ever read the ingredients? It’s 60% alcohol and 40% water, which, according to Mom, were the same ingredients as Dad on New Year’s Eve.
I clean my hands more than the average person, butI have long suspected this says more about the average person than it does me. The Covid-19 pandemic has proven this to be true as so many Americans find hand washing to be a new activity.
For the past 22 years as a keynote speaker and CLEAN comedian, I have taken nearly 2,000 flights and I cleaned my tray table with a disinfectant wipe on every one of those. My last flight was in early March and, after cleaning my tray table, the woman sitting next to me asks if she can have a disinfectant wipe to clean hers. After I give her one, I pull out my hand sanitizer. She says, “Boy, you come prepared.”
I go, “I know, nobody ever talks about the positive aspects of OCD.”
When my wife, Twyla, and I were walking off the plane, I said, “I don’t look so crazy now, do I?”
The coronavirus is an unprecedented situation for all of us. It has caused fear and uncertainty in our personal lives and businesses, but let’s not forget to laugh. Laughter helps you reduce your stress, strengthens your immune system, helps organizations build collaboration and retain quality employees, and helps you prolong your career.
One of the best ways to bring more laughter into your life is to spend time with people who make you laugh. Thankfully humor travels more than six feet.
Americans are being asked to stay home, sit on the sofa, and watch television. This is what my dad has dreamed about his enter life. Every afternoon, when I call and ask what he’s doing, he says, “Watching TV because I’m a patriot.”
He reminds me of his mom. My Grandma Rader was very funny, but not particularly work brittle. She used to say hard work didn’t bother her, she could sit and look at it all day.
One Sunday when I was 10 or 11, as Rev. Hargus began his sermon, he mentioned my name. Grandma Rader whispers to me, “This can’t end well for you.”
When Mom heard me laugh out loud in church, Granda’s premonition came true. “It’s like you’re Nostradamus.”
Hang out with those people who make you laugh. It will help reduce the fear and stress we are all experiencing with our uncertain future.
Always remember to wash your hands, socially distance, and laughter matters.
More About Kent
Kent Rader is a keynote speaker and CLEAN comedian helping people learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress and building profitable organizations. You may view Kent’s latest video at https://www.youtube.com, then search for comediankentrader and hear him daily on his flash briefing on Amazon Alexa titled Laughter Matters at www.alexaguy.com/laughter. It is also available on iTunes, Google Home, and Spotify and https://laughter.alexaguy.me/
Known as the “World’s Cleanest” comedian and speaker, Kent Rader helps people learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress. Kent is the winner of the Branson Comedy Festival and co-stars in The Baby Boomer Comedy Show, Clean Comedy For People Born Before Seat Belts.
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Known as the "World's Cleanest Comedian and Speaker," Kent helps people and associations learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress and building successful, profitable organizations.
Kent graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri with a B.S. in Accounting. He survived five years in public accounting and twelve years as C.F.O. and C.E.O. of hospitals before becoming a professional speaker in 1997.
Kent is the author of the stress reduction book "Let It Go, Just Let It Go" and co-stars with Jan McInnis in the Baby Boomer Comedy Show, "Clean Comedy for People Born Before Seat Belts, Safety Helmets, and Facebook.
He has been heard on NPR's Talk of the Nation and Sirius Satellite radio.
Kent is the winner of the Branson Comedy Festival and has been seen on Comcast's comedy show, "Who's Laughing Now." His clean, stand-up comedy DVD-CD titled "Kent Rader: The Grand Wizard of Comedy" was released in 2014.