Reading the morning paper’s comic strips can be a stress relieving. My interest in women’s comic strips resurfaced as I sorted through some magazines ready for recycling. In an issue of MS I re-discovered an article called ‘Paper Movies: Feminist cartoonists create characters that are real, raunchy—and they’ll knock your socks off’.
Fred, the oldest known goldfish, lived to forty-one years of age. It is a mystery how he survived so long. Unlike Fred, we humans can have a full and vibrant life if we keep breathing outside the fish bowl. That requires us to seize our days, as we age. Yes, join me in growing old, healthy and playful. [Read more…]
Delightfully, out of the mouths of babes comes the truth. We adults have workaholiced ourselves away from taking time to wonder at life nuances. We are socialized to worry about what the neighbours and our mother-in-law think, to look successful and to hide our feelings to the point that we have forgotten the essence of a normally absurd life. There is much we can learn by connecting to babies and children. They remind us of our own childlike essence – the kid in us.
Not only is humor a key resiliency strengthening tool, it has become a hot topic in the world of employment. I have had the good fortune of enjoying good laughs with international speaker, humorist, and author, Michael Kerr. As his book cover attests,Michael does not take himself too seriously, but he is serious about putting humor to work in the office. If you are ready to discover the power of humor get a hold of You Can’t Be Serious: Putting Humor to Work.
If a key factor to increasing mental health is a sense of humor, perhaps we could all use a booster shot of smiling and laughter. A growing number of therapists in the United States have joined the American Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor acknowledging the power of humor to heal. As the cliche goes, laughter is the best medicine. And, you do not need to be a Patch Adams, wear a red nose, dress up like a clown, or be a therapist to use humor as a means to make a friend feel better. You do, however, need to know when the moment is right to try and “lighten and brighten” a friend’s mood. [Read more…]