I love humor. Probably because laughing is definitely one of my favorite things to do. This is one of the many reasons I married my husband is because he makes me laugh all the time. I think humor can change situations, make you see things from a different perspective, helps you connect to others and definitely lightens the mood. One of my favorite books is, The Healing Power of Humor by Allen Klein. In one of the first chapters he gives this case study that was read to a class on the psychological aspects of aging:

“The patient neither speaks nor comprehends the spoken word. Sometimes she babbles incoherently for hours on end. She is disoriented about person, place, and time. She does, however, respond to her name. I have worked with her for the past six months, but she still shows complete disregard for her personal appearance and makes no effort to assist her own care. She must be fed, bathed, and clothed by others. Because she has no teeth, her food must be pureed. Her shirt is usually soiled from almost incessant drooling. She does not walk. Her sleep pattern is erratic. Often she wakes in the middle of the night, and her screaming awakens others. Most of the time she is friendly and happy, but several times a day she gets quite agitated without apparent cause. Then she wails until someone comes to comfort her.”

Now, I bet none of you are thinking, “I would like to take care of this person.” and neither was the class. Most of the students said they would not want that job at all. I can tell you that I have this job and I think it’s the best job in the world! (Does that give you a clue?) The professor told the class that he loved working with this client and that they might like the job as well. Then, he held up a picture of his client. Here is a picture of mine:

Snowcone

It’s so easy to get upset, or let the little things you want to do slide. Don’t forget that you are in charge of your happiness and having the right perspective can dramatically change things! I have always loved this quote that I once saw on my mom’s calendar:

“Happiness does not depend on what happens outside of you, but on what happens inside of you.”