August 30, 2021
A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
These are tough times. Afganistan events, increased Covid deaths, Haitian earthquate casualties, a monster hurricane, floods and devistaing forest fires are all taking their toll.
It is hard these days to find much to be happy about but we need to avoid becoming depressed. I have found humor to be helpful during bad times.
I hope you still can find occasional laughter to be good medicine during hard times. In order for us to be part of the solution and not of the problem we need to keep a strong sense of humor. Here are tips fom the Wisdomtimes blog that can be helpful
Tips for a Developing Sense of Humor
1. Seek out humorous company – Try to be in the company of people who possess a good sense of humor. This will allow you to watch them and pick up a few tricks on how to develop your own sense of humor.
2. Make laughing a habit – Make a habit of laughing at least 10 times a day.
3. Make fun of Yourself – Try to make fun of yourself when you are in a group. Use parodies, pun or even gestures and expressions to their surprise.
4. Finding a funny twist to everything – Consciously observe the funny side of everything and make your own funny stories about things and events.
5. Building a fun reserve – Creating your own collection of jokes and fun stories and remember to use them at appropriate occasions.
What to avoid
Being sarcastic or derogatory when trying to be jovial.
Criticizing the audience if they do not laugh.
Humor works wonders to bind us together while lightening our burdens. All may not be lucky to have the best spouse, children or even in-laws. But being able to laugh together definitely helps us control our anger, anxiety or even resentful feelings and try to iron out the differences in an amicable manner.
It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself and the problems you face in life. Sense of humor can save you.
Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 85, are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding and on the way they pass a drugstore.
Jacob suggests that they go in. Jacob addresses the man behind the counter:” Are you the owner?”
The pharmacist answers ” Yes”.
Jacob: “Do you sell heart medication?”
Pharmacist: “Of course we do.”
Jacob: “How about medicine for circulation?”
Pharmacist: “All kinds.”
Jacob: “Medicine for rheumatism? “
Jacob: “Medicine for memory?”
Pharmacist: “Yes, a large variety.”
Jacob: “What about vitamins and sleeping pills?”
Jacob turns to Rebecca:
“Sweetheart, we might as well register our wedding gift list with them!
A motivational sign at work: The beatings will continue until morale improves.
Grandma, when you and Grandpa had your first baby, did Grandpa ever handle the middle of the night feeding?”
“No. I always did that.”
“That must have been before you had women’s liberation.”
“No, it was before we had baby bottles.”
Quote from telephone inquiry “We’re only hiring one summer intern this year and we won’t start interviewing candidates for that position until the Boss’ daughter finishes her summer classes.
A priest was sitting on the steps of the church one spring day enjoying the sunshine. He saw a young boy approaching him on the sidewalk pulling a wagon. Every few yards one of the wheels would fall off the wagon, the boy would say “Damn!” put the wheel back on, and continue down the street, and a wheel would fall off again a few yards later.
As the boy neared the steps, the priest saw this as an opportunity to make an impression on the boy, and stopped him. “You know,” he said to the boy, “when a wheel falls off your wagon, instead of using profanity, you should say ‘Praise the Lord!’ instead.” He went on to tell the boy how Someone is always watching over us and how we should be careful to do the right thing at all times.
The boy acknowledged his words and thanked him, and went on down the street. The priest stood there, feeling quite pleased with himself. About 50 yards away from the steps, all four wheels fell off the wagon, the boy stopped, heaved a huge sigh, and said, “Praise the Lord!” Instantly the wagon raised off the ground, all four wheels returned to their places.
Upon seeing this, the priest said, “Damn!”
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
A site foreman had ten very lazy men working for him, so one day he decided to trick them into doing some work for a change. “I’ve got a really easy job today for the laziest one among you,” he announced. “Will the laziest man please put his hand up?” Nine hands went up.
“Why didn’t you put your hand up?” he asked the tenth man.
“Too much trouble,” came the reply.
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“To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you’re overdoing it.”
At the height of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney attacked a witness. “Isn’t it true,” he bellowed, “that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?”
The witness stared out the window as though he hadn’t hear the question. “Isn’t it true that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?” the lawyer repeated.
The witness still did not respond. Finally, the judge leaned over and said, “Sir, please answer the question.”
“Oh,” the startled witness said, “I’m sorry, Your Honor, I thought he was talking to you.”
Alcohol and calculus don’t mix. Never drink and derive.
An older lady is making her first visit to her new doctor’s office. Before seeing the doctor she is required to fill-out forms. A nurse in the office offers to help her do this. The nurse starts by asking, “How old are you, Mrs. Silver?”
“None of your business,” she responds. The nurse then says, “But the doctor must know your age for his records.”
Mrs. Silver replies, “Okay. Well, first, multiply twenty by two, then add ten. Got that?”
“Yes.” answers the nurse.
“All right, now subtract fifty, and tell me, what do you get?”
The nurse says, “Zero.”
Mrs. Silver responds, “Right! And that’s exactly the chance of me telling you my age.”
A sense of humor is the best indicator that you will recover; it is often the best indicator that people will love you. Sustain that and you have hope.
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