Using Humor To Get Through Life’s Obstacles

Anyone who knows me knows that I am someone who loves to laugh and loves to do things that make me laugh. When I was younger, I used to spend hours watching stand-up comedy and laughing my ass off on the couch. It was one of my most favorite ways to pass the time and still is, actually. I know I am not alone in saying that I love to laugh and thats important.

As some of you may know, life hasn’t always been lemon drops and roses for me. There were times that I wanted to crawl under my bed and never come out. I certainly felt that way when we put our house up for sale for the second time and didn’t even get an offer. It certainly made all the bak-breaking work in renovations seem worthless. I felt that way when I realized we were knee deep in credit card debt. I still feel that way now sometimes even though things have been going immensely better for me then they were 6 months ago. I have talked about how using the power of appreciation can help get you through whatever is ailing you. I believe the same can be said about keeping a sense of humor especially when life gets you down.

When I was in the sixth grade, I had a teacher that was quite possibly the best teacher in the history of great teachers. She had the most clever ideas about how to teach and learn the material that still blow my mind to this day. For instance, we once had a project where we emailed newspapers for countries around the world asking to ask its readers to send us local stuff from their country. My teacher encouraged us to be humorous in our request as she said it would get us a better of being published. Apparently it worked because many of the newspapers actually did put our request in print, and we were sent dozens of things that represented their country from the newspaper’s readers. I had chosen Australia and had gotten postcards, magnets, letters, and even a little figurine from the land down under. I still have most of these things in a closet somewhere. In that project, she taught as that people respond to humor more than just about anything. Can you imagine the response we would have gotten if we had written a boring old form letter to send to everyone? Probably not good at all.

I loved that teacher and miss her dearly. She was a great role model who first taught me the power of humor. I will never forget that lesson she taught us. Having cool stuff from other countries was pretty fab too. So keep laughing, people. It really is magical.

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