Welcome to the 15th Humormeister's Forum edition

Are we having fun yet?

Introducing - The 1 Minute Laugh!

All eyes were on the radiant bride, as her father escorted her down the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom. The bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand.

The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the priest smiled broadly. As the father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card.

laughter motivational quote of the month

'Laughter is the oil of life - without it everything stops!' Author unknown

Important announcement

May 4th is 'Naked Day!' Well, I'm sure some of you will say - so what! A female friend of mine told me recently that she stood naked in front of her full-length mirror.

At first she cried at what she saw, and then she started laughing and couldn't stop. On May 4th you may want to try this, if you haven't had a good laugh for a while.

The recession has made life more difficult for many of us, however, we need to remind ourselves that we need to learn to laugh even when life stinks!

My website www.humor-laughter.com has a new website page the "Fun Shop." Here you can browse, or buy hundreds of fun items, such as T-shirts, posters, prank and gag gifts, and much more.........

Article of the month:

Happiness is slipping away from us

"Happiness comes from the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed." Storm Jameson

Remember the nursery rhyme 'The more we get together the happier we are?'

It would appear that society is going in the opposite direction. A recent study found that people spent 34% of their spare time by themselves. Time spent with friends and family dropped to 58%.

- We are socializing less [ no time - no inclination ]

- We are more stressed [with work and personal responsibilities]

- We are less active physically [ everything is available at the press of a button whether in the kitchen, or around our entertainment equipment ]

Perhaps this is the reason for the higher degree of stress in society, which translates into some very negative results, such as two income families and less time we can spend with our children.

All this flies in the face of the notion that money can buy happiness. More than income, wealth and community engagement is the need for social interaction because we are a social species.

With the lesser social interaction, we also face feelings of diminished safety, personal security and trust. All pointing to the need for more social interaction, sharing with others, making a break from the rut and routine we find ourselves in.

- We need to socialize more - that is face to face, instead of, or in addition to 'Internet Social Networking' - We need to generate more humor and laughter! - We have to enjoy life instead of enduring it!

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All or part this newsletter may be reprinted with permission, and providing credit to the author and his website www.humor-laughter.com

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.