Tuesday, November 23, 2004

I admire humor & wit. I think we develop those qualities we admire.

Having a well-developed sense of humor can make it possible for us to survive the most difficult of times. If we shift our perception a bit, choosing to see the lighter side of a situation, or if we are willing to laugh at our own foibles, “disasters” affect us far differently. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take life seriously, nor does it mean there aren’t real tragedies. But most tough experiences are exaggerated in our minds. We have the capacity to perceive them differently. Let’s consider our willingness.
Medical research has recently established that laughter is a healthy exercise, that it can actually change the outcome of an illness. Watching funny movies, as therapy, was tried successfully by one well-known journalist who then wrote about his experiences. He cured his disease & lived many more years. It’s not known exactly how this works or why, but the proof is in the evidence. If laughter can completely alleviate, or at least reduce serious conditions, surely it can change the many tiny troubles that hinder us. It’s worth a try. Right?
As JoAnn suggests, admiring someone else’s sense of humor is the first step to improving our own. Might this be a worthy pursuit today?
Having a good laugh at myself or with someone else will change how I see everything today.