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A little humour does wonders
Nov 20, 2014

From time to time, we all get “down in the dumps” — depressed, forlorn, discouraged, ticked-off, and under-appreciated.
So, here’s a little “pick-me-up” designed to help get you energized, on track, back on the beam, rejuvenated, newly-inspired, recharged, motivated, excited — well, you get the idea.
Keeping your sense of humour about things is very important. Not always easy, mind you, but important.  Things may be difficult at work or at home or wherever. If you can train yourself to always view life with an internal chuckle, somehow it seems easier to cope.  
Viewing things from a humorous point of view also seems to extract the over-serious tone from a problem and put the issue into perspective. Was it really worth all the hassle? What was the cost in mental anguish and misunderstanding? How often we fret and fume about something and then the next day we realize that “it was no big deal.”   
All too often, making a mountain out of a molehill seems to be as much a part of human nature as common traits like gullibility, over-reaction and quick temper.
On the other hand, as my grandfather used to say, “Moderation in all things.”  It’s probably not a great idea to shrug off and laugh off everything that happens or goes wrong. But maybe there should be more of a psychological balance and humorous perspective applied to the events of the day. We seem to have gone to the other extreme in this serious, cynical world of ours.
Maybe another approach should be considered. And, on that subject:
Here’s a lady who has the right approach. Donna Strickland, a speaker and management consultant in Denver, is a great advocate of injecting a little humour into life’s often stressful mix of work and play.
Consider a few of her tongue-in-cheek ideas to ease the burden:
• If you think there’s good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody.
• Things are more like they are today than they have ever been before.
• Surround yourself with funny pictures of you, your family and friends.
• Indecision is the key to flexibility.
• Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.
• If you can smile when things go wrong, you probably have someone in mind who you can blame.
• Learn to say, “No.”
• Learn to let go.
• Learn to ask for help.
• The world gets a little better each day and a lot worse in the evening.
• If you think this is as bad as it can get, don’t bet on it.
• Learn to pray, meditate and exercise.
• Everything should be made as simple as possible, but there’s a limit.
• If you find something you like, buy a lifetime supply because they’ll probably stop making it.
• Facts, though interesting, are usually irrelevant.
• Be kind. Everyone else is having trouble coping, too.
• There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation.
• Happiness is merely pain in remission.
• When doing presentations at work, always ask for a standing ovation.
• Friends may come and friends may go, but enemies go on forever.
• It’s hard to be nostalgic when you can’t remember anything.
• Write the following above the bathroom mirror: “This person is not to be taken seriously!”
• One seventh of your life is made up of Mondays.
• Spend a few minutes every day taking healing internal breaks.
• Someone who thinks logically offers a nice contrast to the real world.
• There is no known evidence that says, “Life should be serious.”