Welcome to the 54th Humormeister's Forum edition

'Live, Love, Laugh', Country singer, Clay Walker's 5th album title, expresses what everyone should adopt as their life's motto.

I have started to write a new book, 'Finding humor in aging.'If you have any humorous story, joke, or anecdote about aging, email it to me and I will give you a complimentary copy of the book when published.

My www.humor-laughter.com most popular web pages continue to be 'Laughter Facts,' and 'Funny Facts,' followed by 'Norman Cousins,' 'Smile Quotes,' Stress Relief,' 'Happiness Quotes,' and 'Importance of laughter.'

Funny quotes "By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher." - Socrates

Humor/Laughter quote

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you get older" - Edgar Watson Howe

The 1 Minute Laugh

The phone rings and the lady of the house answers "Hello!"

"Mrs Sanders, please."

"Speaking"

"Mrs Sanders, this is Dr. Jones at the TDS laboratory. When your husband's doctor sent his biopsy to the lab last week, a biopsy from another Mr. Sanders was processed as well. We are now uncertain which one belongs to your husband. Frankly, either way the results are not good."

"What do you mean?" Mrs Sanders asks nervously.

"Well, one of the specimens tested positive for alzheimers, and the other one tested positive for HIV. We can't tell which is which."

"Oh my God! That's dreadful! Can you do the test again?" questioned Mrs Sanders.

"Normally we can, but the new health care system will only pay for these expensive tests only once."

"Well, what am I supposed to do?"

"The people at the health care administration recommend that you drop your husband off somewhere in the middle of the city. If he find his way home, don't sleep with him!"

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

A woman invited people to dinner. At the table, she turned to her six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing honey."

"I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied.

"Just say what you hear mommy say," the woman said.

The daughter bowed her head and said,"Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner."

Feature of the month

Can you become a happier person?

A new study shows that a good way to become a happier person is to change your personality. It is not clear however as yet whether people can in fact control their personalities.

The research study led by psychological experts at the University of Manchester, England, found that changes in people's personalities were more strongly linked to how their sense of well-being changed over a four-year period than such factors as, marital status, employment and income.

Interestingly, they found that people's personalities were more subject to change than what was previously believed.

In the past, personality was seen as quite fixed and stable, according to lead researcher Chris Boyce, at the University of Manchester School of Psychological Sciences.

When asked, if people can consciously change their personalities to improve happiness, Boyce said, "Whether people can actively change their personalities is an ongoing debate at the moment. The point is that personality does change and this feeds through to important changes in our well-being. So, we need to look more carefully at this as a potential source of improving people's well-being."

The study, which was published in the Social Indicators Research Journal, assessed 8,625 subjects in Australia two times - four years apart.

It measured their satisfaction with life, personality traits and changes to things such as income, employment and marital status.

Changes in personality were found to be twice as much of a predictor to fluctuations in well-being than the other factors considered.

Neuroticism, the degree to which people have negative emotional responses to various situations, was the biggest factor in how much a person's sense of well-being changed, the more neurotic a person was, the worse they felt about life.

Extroversion was strongly correlated with having a positive view of personal well-being. Becoming more conscientious, agreeable and open to experience also had positive correlations with becoming happy.

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