Laughter keeps you emotionally fit. A person who cannot laugh is a person on the edge.  See which of the following helps you laugh. First a parenting joke.

From High School Friend who helps me find laughter. Don’t know where he found this one, but it gave me a chuckle.

When you cannot laugh you may be in the midst of a life blow or beaten up by smaller blows.  Either way more is needed –  more support and possibly therapy. This post is for those not so beaten down and who can use laughter to stay emotionally fit.

emotional fitness ADVICE ON LAUGHTER

Tip one:  Find a daily laugh site.  My friend Jack’s email serves as one for me.  But there is also my blogging friend The Laughing Housewife and a number of others.  Surfing Pinterest quotes almost always finds me laughing.  As parents, David and I never went to bed without first watching Johnnie Carson.

Tip two:  Collect a few videos that get your rolling in the aisle.  Buddy Hackett for those of you too young to remember is one of my favorites. He is a bit X-rated, so don’t watch if easily offended by such stuff.  Here he is on Johnnie Carson. A two for one laugh.

Warning some may think it is X-rated.

Tip Three: Follow a comedian on Twitter.   I follow Steve Martin.

Tip Four: Practice laughing.  There is a Yogi Laughter Exercise.

Tip Five: For parents of fighting kidsKeep efforts to laugh kind.  I like Buddy Hackett because most of his jibs are against himself.

Tip Six:   Remember what matters by taking the long view, be generous and kind.  Those who kill over cartoons or jokes are wrong, wrong, wrong.

Tip Seven: A joke offends you?  Shrug it off. Or offer a brief I message. “I perfer Martian jokes” is mine for those who make fun of other groups.

Tip Eight: Someone making fun of another person face-to-face say as gently as possible “I don’t find that funny.” Then change the subject to something pleasant.

Tip nine: Play lots.   Find a sport your enjoy.  Find other ways to play. Playing should lead to laughter or contentment.

That reminds me of  a  Bob Hope joke, ”If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.”


Life is difficult and often a struggle as you must know by now. All sorts of feelings surface.  Some make you laugh right then and there.  Some you can laugh about after a bit of time has passed.  Some cannot be laughed about.  Try my tips to add laughter to your life.  Also visit my Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Exercises for more hints about staying strong.

If there is no laughter in your life that is a sure sign more is needed. Get competent professional help.

Remember that liking, commenting, or sharing is an act of social media kindness.  It strengthens you and helps me and others.

As always, thank you for your support, it means a great deal to me.


DISCLAIMER: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS FOR I HAVE DYSGRAPHIAIf you need perfect posts, you will not find them here. I have dysgraphia which means that sometimes my sentence structure is not that easy to follow or I make other errors. Still, most people understand me. All of my books are professionally edited, but not all of my blog posts are. Thanks for your understanding and reading my work.


All my books are available on Amazon, and readable on any tablet, laptop, Mac, PC, e-reader or Kindle device.  Watch for the publication of Emotional Fitness for Everyone.

When Good Kids Do Bad Things. A Survival Guide for Parents of Teenagers
Parents Are People Too. An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents
Tame the Test Anxiety Monster
How to Hold A Successful Family Meeting

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