Welcome to the 13th Humormeister's Forum edition

Some interesting things have happened to me to warm my feelings during these cold Winter months.

I was just informed that one of my humor/laughter articles will appear in the Spring edition of New York 'Voice of the Angels.com' magazine.

Also, a friend of mine Justin Sachs is launching his new book "Your Mailbox is full" on March 17th. The book is a perfect tool for teenagers and young adults.

Justin is offering a FREE bonus to anyone who purchases his book. The bonus package includes my newest FREE e-book "Manage your Stress with Humor and Laughter."

The book and bonus package will be available anytime after March 17th from www.MotivateYourTeen.com

Article of the month

Laughter is contagious

Have you ever been in a room where somebody started to laugh heartily? It is very difficult not to laugh along with the laughing person(s), even though you don't have the foggiest idea what the reason for the laughter is.

You can get the same effect from hearing a baby, or small children laugh. It is next to impossible not to laugh with them, if nothing else ,it will most surely bring a happy smile to your face.

Laughter and yawning are two things that are consistently contagious and which are hard not to immediately respond to . I have seen a whole room break out in laughter because of someone starting with a just a giggle. The same with a yawn. Someone starts yawning in a group of people and immediately other people join in.

The television producers in the 1950's caught on to this phenomena and started using laugh tracks with their comedy shows. The idea behind this was that if people who watched the shows heard the laughter, they would automatically respond with their own laughter. And it worked!

When the comedy shows changed to perform to live audiences, this no longer worked, as they now had to rely on the audience to respond.

In my research into humor and laughter, I have come across many videos of babies laughing. When you hear that spontaneous and innocent laughter, it is impossible not to be affected by it.

Although there are obvious similarities between yawning and laughter, there are also distinct differences. Yawning will make you feel tired and want to sleep, while hearty laughter very much perks you up and makes you want to continue having a good time.

I like to leave you with this message this month; "Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably!"

I am working on a blog on Blogger.com and will let you know when it is up and running.

You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have some good ideas for article material, or a funny experience - send it to me and I'll e-mail you my latest e-book "Manage your stress with humor and laughter" in appreciation.