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A Sense of Humor is Key to Recovery! September 16, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Joke, Life Balance.
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When life is lobbing lemons your way and you don’t have the time to stop what you’re doing to make lemonade . . . LAUGH!  Finding something to smile or laugh about alleviates anxiety.

We just watched a segment on Bay News 9 which featured a psychologist who took her own advice during the approach, arrival, and retreat of Hurricane Irma.

“We have no control over the path of a hurricane as just seen with Irma who dodged east, then west, then east, then west.  We do have control over our attitude.”

She also urged folks who are wrestling with the emotional strain of the past few days to seek out and talk to friends, relatives, or therapists to regain perspective.

During the storm, I made an effort to maintain my sense of humor because going through life without a sense humor is like driving over potholes and boulders without shock absorbers.

It’s jolting!

Instead of being jolted around, joke around.

Crack silly jokes.  Even if the humor is childish.  Or not entirely PC.

A few examples . . .

BS was reading a book about Spencer Tracy’s love interests and love affairs with stars and starlets.  BS said he didn’t divorce his wife to marry Katharine Hepburn “because he was a good Catholic.”  I burst out loud laughing at her sum up of his character and offered a counter-point to her point:

Spencer Tracy was NOT a good Catholic.  Had he been a good Catholic, he wouldn’t have engaged in affairs.  Like other hypocrites, he just wanted to be perceived by others as being a good Catholic.

During the height of the storm, one of the reporters was talking about how they retire storm names.  I noted:

With global warming increasing, we may run out of all the easy names (e.g., Harvey, Irma, Jose).  

If we do, we’ll have to become increasingly creative with storm names (e.g., Yawanda, Chavonda, Chewbacca, etc.) 

I always feel better after a good hearty laugh.  How about you???

Aah . . . that’s better!