If I could choose, I’d go for a sense of humor!

Jun 7, 2023 | 1 comment

Will Rogers

I’ve been thinking of various personality traits — calmness, patience, bravery, empathy, self-confidence,  and at least a dozen more. While I admire many of them, I’m not sure I need them all.  (I don’t even think that’s a possibility.  There seem to be dozens.)

But the one trait that I don’t think I could do without is humor.  It seems to me that it overrides (or at least makes tolerable) just about any other of those many characteristics we develop as march or meander or lollygag along life’s path.  Perhaps my favorite humorist and down-home philosopher  of all time is Will Rogers.  He died the year before I was born.  I’m so sorry I missed him but so glad he left us such a legacy.  Here are some of my favorites:

“Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.”  Will Rogers

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”  Will Rogers

“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.”  Will Rogers

“Prohibition is better than no liquor at all.”  Will Rogers

Dorothy Parker

And how about Dorothy Parker?  Not so home-spun maybe, but she certainly leaves me wishing I could be as clever:

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.”
Dorothy Parker

“Don’t look at me in that tone of voice.”
Dorothy Parker

“That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can’t say ‘No’ in any of them.”
Dorothy Parker

And besides all the fun you get from humor,  doctors and mental health professionals cite plenty of research to remind us: Laughter contributes to positive health outcomes.

So there you have it!  Lighten up and let your sense of humor rule!

1 Comment

  1. Deborah L Wells

    Totally agree – humor is good medicine and uplifting too! My BF Bob is telling jokes all the time and I do not know how he ever remembered all of them. Deb


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