One of the brightest lights in the world today is Ellen Degeneres. In 1997, when the actress and comedian came out as gay on the Oprah Winfrey Show, then later again as her title character in her sitcom, her career took a nosedive. That setback, especially given the personal issues involved, would have held many people back. But Ellen pressed on, continuing to find the joy and humor in life. When she landed her own talk show in 2003, she set about continuing to put a smile on people’s faces, while being an advocate for people of all sexualities and gender identities. Through her humor, she has shown the world the humanness in all of us, helping us connect, understand and laugh together. She is highly celebrated, having won 30 Emmys, 20 People’s Choice Awards (the most ever), and many other awards for her work both in entertainment and philanthropy. In 2016, she was even awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Humor is a form of intellect that has massive positive power. Ellen Degeneres has pushed the limits of that force, bringing light to millions of lives in every way she can.
Humorous people use their innate ability for bringing joy and laughter to others to brighten their communities and our world.
Humor is the quickest way to propagate joy, and often the most effective. It gives us moments of lightness in dark times, unites people in shared joy and reminds us that even after tragedy or through intense strife, life continues to bring reasons to smile, take deep breaths and love the world around us. Humorous people find witty names for charitable ventures, dress as superheroes to cheer up sick kids, point out the hilarities of the mundane and help us laugh together across whatever boundaries may divide us. Humorous women use their intelligence and quick thinking to spread joyful feelings and a sense of wellbeing through their words and actions. They lighten the loads we all carry by allowing us to set them down and reminding us that we are not alone in carrying them.
We celebrate women who always see the lighter side of life and lift our spirits with kind-hearted humor.