Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.
A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way.
Humor can help you cope with the unbearable so that you can stay on the bright side of things until the bright side actually comes along.
I contend that not only can you laugh at adversity, but it is essential to do so if you are to deal with setbacks without defeat.
The hardest thing you can do is smile when you are ill, in pain, or depressed. But this no-cost remedy is a necessary first half-step if you are to start on the road to recovery.
Children remind us to treasure the smallest of gifts, even in the most difficult times.
Humor can alter any situation and help us cope at the very instant we are laughing.
Humor does not diminish the pain - it makes the space around it get bigger.
Laughter can help relieve tension in even the heaviest of matters.
When times get tough, at some point, people instinctively know they need to lighten up in order to get through it.
Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer.
The studies indicate that focusing our attention on someone else, takes our mind off of our own problems. We stay healthier and thereby live longer.
You may not be able to change a situation, but with humor you can change your attitude about it.
Though snails are exceedingly slow,
There is one thing I'd like to know.
If I out run 'em round the yard,
How come they beat me to the chard?
Like sheep that get lost nibbling away at the grass because they never look up, we often focus so much on ourselves and our problems that we get lost.
Humor can be one of our best survival tools.
Throughout history, great leaders have known the power of humor.
The lesson adults can learn here is that the world is filled with things for our enjoyment.
No matter what has happened, you too have the power to enjoy yourself.
And, unlike the earlier bombing on the World Trade Center, a major landmark and symbol of the strength of the financial world was, not just damaged but, totally destroyed.
It has been said that 80% of what people learn is visual.
Zen teaches that once we can open up to the inevitability of our demise, we can begin to transform that situation and lighten up about it.
To a child, often the box a toy came in is more appealing than the toy itself.
Now, a recent study from cardiologists at the University of Maryland, has shown that laughter may have a beneficial effect on the heart.
The tragedy of September 11th was so sudden, so enormous, and so horrendous, both in terms of lives lost and global consequences, that this country and the world went into immediate and prolonged shock.
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