Welcome to the 52nd Humormeister's Forum edition

We are getting close to Spring, which for us living in a four season climate is the rebirth of green grass, trees leafing out, return of song birds and the birth of animals.

Certainly a season of optimism, anticipation, BBQ's, family and group fun activities, laughter and joy.

I came across the following, which brought Spring thoughts to my mind and heart:

  • a smile is a sign of joy
  • a hug is a sign of love
  • a laugh is a sign of happiness

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  • 'Life humor'
  • 'Smile facts'
  • 'Happiness facts'

Funny quotes "Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat" - Alex Levine

Humor/Laughter quote

Humanity has unquestionably one really effective weapon - laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution - these can lift a colossal humbug - push it a little - weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault nothing can stand. - Mark Twain

The 1 Minute Laugh

While looking at a house, my brother asked the Real Estate agent which direction was North, because he didn't want the sun waking him up every morning.

She asked, "Does the sun rise in the North?" My brother explained that the sun rises in the East - and has for some time. She shook her head and said, Oh, I don't keep up with all that stuff!"

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

This is a true story, proving how fascinating the mind of a six-year-old is. They think so logically and spontaneously.

A teacher was reading the story of the Three Little pigs to the class. She came to the part of the story where the first pig was trying to gather the building materials for his house.

She read....."And so the pig went up to the man with wheelbarrow full of straw and said: "Pardon me sir, may I have some of that straw to build my house?"

The teacher paused, then asked the class, "And what do you think the man said?" One little boy raised his hand and said very matter-of-factly. "I think the man would have said 'Holy Shit! - a talking pig."

Feature of the month

Is fun disappearing from our lives?

A new Ipsos global survey report sponsored by the Oreo brand of Kraft Foods Inc., released February 1, 2012 shows that all around the globe the chances to enjoy simple carefree moments are disappearing.

The reports says that most parents surveyed believe that kids are growing up faster than previous generations. Seven out of ten parents worldwide feel that children should have more time to be 'Just Kids!'

Some of the findings show:

  • 84% of parents around the world agree that kids today grow up much more quickly than previous generations
  • Close to half of all parents (49%) surveyed said they would trade part of their salary for more time with their children every day
  • Nearly a quarter of parents (23%) said that they communicate more with their children through technological devises than in-person. In fast-growing countries such as China and India, this number increases to ore than 52% and 42% respectively

More than 7000 parents from 20 different countries participated in this study.

Although the repost suggests that the 'Spirit of Childhood' appears to be at risk, three out of five parents (63%) say that spending time and having fun with their kids is more important than it was to their parents when growing up.

80% ( 4 out of 5 parents ) surveyed in 20 countries say having fun as a family is more important than anything else.

Although 67% of parents agree that technology helps the family stay connected, it does come at a price. During time spent as a family, 48% of parents said that families are distracted by technology.

Even though families are faced with pressures and distractions regarding spending time together, 88% of parents said they are committed to ensuring that kids don't miss out on childhood.

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