Welcome to the 51st Humormeister's Forum edition

As you start you new calendars and daytimers for this year, 'Having Fun' should have a prominent spot at the start of every day, week, month, to remind you that life is not all work and needs some play to keep you balanced.

The current economic situation in many areas is having a negative effect on people. However, when time are tough, we need humor and laughter all the more to keep us positive, free of stress and frustration.

Funny quotes On a recent Caribbean cruise, I read a cruise notice in the toilet stall which read: ' Do not put anything else in the toilet but toilet paper.' It made me wonder what they expected me to do with the other...... Humor/Laughter quote

Keep a sense of humor. It doesn't mean you have to tell jokes. If you can't think of anything else, when you're my age, take off your clothes and walk in front of the mirror. I guarantee you'll a laugh! - Art Linkletter

The 1 Minute Laugh

During this time of the Republican Presidential campaign, I thought it was appropriate to share with you what a student at the University of Arkansas wrote as the most appropriate definition of a contemporary 'Political Correctness.'

The winning student wrote: "Political correctness is a doctrine - fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rapidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media - which holds forth the proposition that it is extremely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end."

Humor from our richest 'Humor Resource'......our kids

Angels explained by children:

Mitchell 7 - My guardian angel helps me with math, but he is not much good for science.

Henry 8 - Angels don't eat, but they drink milk from Holy cows.

Jared 8 - All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys don't go for it.

Vicky 8 - What I don't get about angels, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them. Feature of the month

How to beat the tough times

During World War Two, there was an upsurge of comedy acts, shows, movies, songs and music. People needed something totally opposite from the stress and frustration they faced, so that they could take their minds in a more uplifting direction.

A similar upsurge of comedy and laughs occurred during the 1979 panic-induced energy and inflation crisis.

In the current economic meltdown, we again experience a re-birth of comedy shows, movies and videos.

The most visible and in-your-face upsurge is TV, where once again the sitcoms are having a resurgence after decades of reality shows and dramas.

25% of TV's most watched shows by 18 - 49 year olds are comedy sitcoms.

Comedies again fill Fox's Sunday prime-time line-up. Cable's USA networks are vigorously developing sitcoms, and You-Tube videos of laughing babies, goofy pets etc. are experiencing record views.

During tough times people want to laugh. They need to laugh to escape the realities of life even if just for an hour to two hours.

Humor/laughter have always been an affordable and readily accessible means to relax, enjoy, and reap the personal wellness benefits that flow from them.

The human species are the only ones that have this ability ( although some dog owners will argue this point ).

It is unfortunate that we have to experience bad times to realize what great things humor and laughter can do for us.

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