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The Humormeister's Forum, Issue #00066
April 30, 2013

Welcome to the 66th Humormeister's Forum edition

Humor is more than laughing at a joke, watching a comedy movie, or listening to a comedian perform.

There is humor all around us, if we are open to see the 'funny' in people and things around us.

Funny quotes

"When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life.

When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.'They told me I didn't understand the assignment and I told them they didn't understand life. - Author - John Lemmon

Humor/laughter quotes

Bob Hope - On his family's early poverty. "Four of us slept on one bed. When it got cold, mother threw on another brother."

The 1 Minute laugh

After retiring, I went to the Social Security Office to apply for my benefits. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's license to verify my age.

I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later.

The woman said, "Unbutton your shirt." So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. She said, "That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me," and she processed my Social Security application.

When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office. She said, "You should have dropped your pants, you might have gotten disability benefits too.

And that's how the fight started........ Humor from our richest humor resource......our kids

A little boy lived in the country. They had to use an outhouse, and the boy hated it because it was hot in the Summer and cold in the Winter and stank all the time. The outhouse was sitting on the bank of a creek and the boy determined that one day he would push the outhouse into the creek.

One day after a Spring rain, the creek was swollen so the little boy decided today was the day to push the outhouse into the creek. He got a large pole and started pushing. Finally, the outhouse toppled into the creek and floated away.

That night his dad told him they were going to the woodshed after supper. Knowing that meant a spanking, the boy asked why. The dad replied, "Someone pushed the outhouse into the creek today. It was you wasn't it?" The boy answered, "Yes, dad."

Then he thought a moment and said, "Dad, I read in school today that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and didn't get in trouble because he told the truth."

The dad replied, "Well son, George Washington's father wasn't in the cherry tree."

Feature article of the month

How to sustain and share happiness

The Dalai Lama says that we all share on common aspiration - We all want to be happy, no one wants to suffer.

Following are some suggestions to achieve this:

1. Look closely at what causes lasting happiness. Reinforce in your mind that happiness is not the result of accumulating material things.

2. Savor the moment. Live the experience to the fullest, enjoying every detail.

3. Expand your awareness by asking, 'What if....."

4. Find time to play. Don't get trapped on the treadmill of 'Must do,' 'Have to do,'.....

5. Practice gratitude. Focus on all you already possess.

6. Take time for self-reflection. Ask yourself - What do I want from life?

7. Listen. Get your mind off your own problems. Find out that other's problems are often worse than yours.

8. Live in the 'Now' Experience and enjoy the present!

9. Smile! It relaxes your facial muscles and more than likely people will smile back at you.

10. Live life to the fullest. Nothing is forever.

11. Be generous. Help and assist others. There is more joy in giving than in receiving.

12 Drop your guilt and drop your worries. Remember more than 80% of people's worries never happen.

13. Spend time in nature and enjoy the seasons. The benefits are just not attainable within 4 walls.

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