10 tips for find­ing hu­mor in tur­bu­lent times

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The econ­omy is on its wildest ride in decades. The line wait­ing for a gov­ern­ment bail-out is al­most as long as the line wait­ing to check-out in stores this hol­i­day shop­ping sea­son. And, you’re sim­ply at wits end in try­ing to deal with it all!

Fear not - there’s hu­mor to be found amidst all of this chaos and con­fu­sion. So says Dr. Bar­bara Serle Rhodes, a chi­ro­prac­tor from So­cial Cir­cle and a mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Ap­plied and Ther­a­peu­tic Hu­mor. The mis­sion of this grow­ing, in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity of pro­fes­sion­als, founded in 1987, is to study, prac­tice and pro­mote healthy hu­mor and laugh­ter.

”The great thing about hu­mor is it’s FREE and avail­able to every­one,” smiles Dr. Bar­bara Serle Rhodes. “It’s su­gar-free, fat-free, salt-free, and tax-free! It’s avail­able 24-7 and you don’t need a pre­scrip­tion! There’s no as­sem­bly re­quired and you don’t need bat­ter­ies! It’s en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, and best of all, it’s so­cially con­ta­gious!”

Healthy, ther­a­peu­tic hu­mor en­hanc- es re­la­tion­ships, is non-hos­tile, sym­pa­thetic, benev­o­lent, tol­er­ant, and of­ten philo­soph­i­cal. AATH is care­ful to dis­tin­guish it from hurt­ful, harm­ful hu­mor that is more ag­gres­sive, crit­i­cal, sar­cas­tic, cruel, of­ten based on put-downs, and in­volves laugh­ing at some­one else’s ex­pense.

AATH has gen­er­ated the fol­low­ing list of 10 tips to help you lighten up and rise above the cur­rent eco­nomic tur­moil and stress of the hol­i­day sea­son:

1. Ad­just Your At­ti­tude

Stop watch­ing the news and start count­ing your bless­ings in­stead of your money! The bless­ings will in­crease, while the money is…well, you know!

2. Make Some­one Else Happy

Send un­ex­pected ‘thank you’ or greet­ing cards to a mix of peo­ple. Start with those who aren’t ex­pect­ing it but de­serve it. Then, send a cou­ple to peo­ple who aren’t ex­pect­ing and don’t de­serve it. Then, pick a cou­ple names at ran­dom out of the phone book that cer­tainly aren’t ex­pect­ing it and have no idea who you are!

3. Signs of the Times

Have some mirth­ful signs or say­ings handy. For ex­am­ple:

• The rules have changed… there are none!

• Walk­ing on wa­ter is in my job de­scrip­tion!

• Ap­par­ently, not all clowns are in the cir­cus!

• Never wres­tle with a pig - you both get dirty, but the pig likes it!

• You don’t have to be crazy to work here…but it sure helps!

• If we’re closed, just slide the money un­der the door!

• I’m not weird… I’m gifted!

4. Try Some Ran­dom Acts of Silli­ness and Kind­ness

Wear mis­matched gloves or socks… on pur­pose! Page your­self over the in­ter­com! If and when a store clerk, restau­rant server or flight at­ten­dant asks mat­ter-of-factly “How are you to­day?” try replies such as, “Well med­i­cated - and you?” or “At least I’m vertical!” In­stead of them al­ways thank­ing you, thank them first and watch their re­ac­tion!

5. Fun with Food

Put a bag of cook­ies or marsh­mal­lows in your brief­case. Then, start your meet­ing by ask­ing, “Dessert, any­one?” Have a marsh­mal­low stack­ing com­pe­ti­tion! Put a pack of bub­ble gum in your coat pocket and, in the el­e­va­tor, of­fer some to every­one!

6. Pop Goes Your Wor­ries

Save your bub­ble wrap! It’s a great stress re­liever. Pop it with your fin­gers, knees and toes! Dance on it! Pop it with the help of young chil­dren! Pop it, in uni­son, to the beat of mu­sic!

7. Use Your Imagination

Think of what would hap­pen if cer­tain com­pa­nies merged. For ex­am­ple: Fairchild Semi­con­duc­tor and Honey­well Cor­po­ra­tion would be­come Fair­well Hon­ey­child. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants would be­come Poupon Pants. If FedEx joined UPS, they might be­come FedUP.

8. Re­name to Keep Sane

Cash Flow: The move­ment your money makes as it dis­ap­pears down the toi­let. Bro­ker: What I am to­day, af­ter tak­ing the ad­vice of my fi­nan­cial plan­ner. P/E Ra­tio: The per­cent­age of in­vestors wet­ting their pants as the mar­ket keeps crash­ing.

9. Ex­ag­ger­ate

Co­me­di­ans over­state things to get a laugh. You can too! “Our fam­ily is so poor th­ese days… we took out a sec­ond mort­gage on our card­board box. Our fam­ily is so poor th­ese days… to save on milk, we eat our corn flakes with a fork. Our fam­ily is so poor th­ese days… when some­one rings the door­bell, I stick my head out the win­dow and yell, ‘Ding-Dong.’”

10. Let a Smile Be Your Um­brella

This sim­ple choice is yours. You can frown and be mis­er­able (way too many peo­ple read­ily choose this op­tion), or you can wear a con­ta­gious smile. In your con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple, smile and ask to see their smile. Then say, “I see you’ve been prac­tic­ing!”

For more in­for­ma­tion on AATH, visit www.aath.org

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