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Is your funny bone broken?

Humor may be one of best antidotes to stressful situations, says David Sobel, M.D., in an article ‘Good Humor, Good Health’. He says laughter needs to be a regular part of your life to get its full benefit. Laughter breaks the ice, builds trust and draws us together into a common state of well-being.

The doctor offers ways to use humor to stay healthy.

Laugh at yourself
“If you expect to do everything right all of the time, then you can't afford to have a sense of humor. But if you can allow yourself the inevitable mistakes and stupidities that we all make, then you can laugh at yourself. Being able to laugh at yourself helps you to accept that your shortcomings don't really matter that much. The people who are able to laugh at themselves have a much stronger sense of self-worth and higher self-esteem than those who can't.”

Hang out with happy people
Sobel says, “Make sure there are people in your life whom you find it fun to be around - ones who lighten the atmosphere and make you feel good about yourself. Often people who aren't especially witty as a rule can be razor-sharp when they get together with someone who inspires them, amuses them, or just loosens them up.”

Expose yourself to humor
One way is to post what amuses you. Currently on my work cubicle walls….
--a Maxine cartoon that says “Some days the best thing about my job is that my chair spins.”

--something I found and typed up in large letters to enjoy:
“Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.”

--and of course a Dilbert cartoon, mine is about project management since I do some of that.
In part, “Phase one will be unwarranted optimism supported by delusions of competence…Resources will be allocated based on misinformation and favoritism.”

How can you look at these and not smile during the work day?

What do you have posted or what will you post today to delight your funny bone?

Laughter contributes to good health as well as civility. Read the full article at http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.asp?lk=P8&Id=193.


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I have a Mutts cartoon posted that says "You cannot always have happiness but you can always give happiness."

While I've seen several variations of this cartoon... this one is my favorite. Has put things into perspective for me many times.


I've had this small matted print on my bulletin board for years:
"If it weren't for the last minute, I'd never get anything done."

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The New Yorker also is available.

I have a sign on my wall that says: "Keep Marriage Biblical" and pictures one man and three women.

A Rodney Dangerfield quote: "I told my psychiatrist everyone hates me. He said that's ridiculous, everyone hasn't met me yet."