The Seven Humor Habits Program: Assessing Your Gains from doing the Humor-Building Exercises over the Past 3 Months

This article marks the end of a 3 1/2-month long series of articles devoted to helping you first improve your sense of humor and then learn to use humor to cope with the stress in your life. The original radio broadcast series (along with these accompanying articles) was based on my 7 Humor Habits Program, […]

The Seventh Humor Habit: Find Humor in the Midst of Stress

“Were it not for my little jokes, I could not bear the burdens of this office.”   (Abraham Lincoln) “I have seen what a laugh can do.  It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”  (Bob Hope) There is great wisdom in these words from one of this country’s greatest Presidents and comedy […]

The Sixth Humor Habit: Take Yourself Lightly—Laugh at Yourself

“You don’t grow up until you have your first good laugh at yourself.”  (Eleanor Roosevelt) There is great wisdom in these words of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s wife.  But why is it so difficult to laugh in the midst of our own awkward moments?  As we get older, our memory is not as good […]

The Fifth Humor Habit: Look for Humor in Everyday Life

[Note: If you’re new to this series of articles on improving your sense of humor, also read the previous articles under “Senior Humor Training Exercises.”] “From there to here and here to there, funny things are everywhere.”     (Dr. Seuss) Last week’s article offered guidelines for learning to create your own spontaneous puns and […]

English Language Humor Training (Word Play) for Non-Native English Speakers

In the March 30 article devoted to the 4th Humor Habit, Learning to Create Your Own Verbal Humor, I noted in passing that non-native speakers of English generally have an especially difficult time learning to understand jokes in English.  I saw this problem first hand while living in Paris (for three years) and when providing […]

The Fourth Humor Habit (Part II): Create Your Own Spontaneous Verbal Humor

[Note: If you’re new to this series of article on improving your sense of humor, also read the previous articles under “Senior Humor Training” before following these guidelines for improving your sense of humor.] Last week’s article offered guidelines for becoming a better joke teller.  This is an important skill to learn, but I am […]

The Fourth Humor Habit: Create Your Own Verbal Humor—Telling Jokes

[Note: If you’re new to this series of articles on improving your sense of humor, you may want to read the previous articles under “Senior Humor Training” before following these guidelines for improving your verbal sense of humor.] A four-year-old girl got very sick after swallowing a nickel, two dimes and three pennies.  The doctors […]

The Third Humor Habit (Part II): Laugh More Often and More Heartily

[Note: If you’re new to this Senior Humor Training series of articles on improving your sense of humor, also read the previous articles on “Senior Humor Training.”] Laughter is the Best Medicine. As noted in last week’s article, you’ve probably heard this phrase many times in your life.  I have no idea how long people […]

The Third Humor Habit: Laugh More Often and More Heartily

“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”  (Yiddish proverb) If you’re new to this website, read the earlier articles under “Senior Humor Training Exercises” and then come back to this one. The March 2 article focused on the Second Humor Habit—cultivating a stronger playful attitude in your life.  If you followed […]

The Second Humor Habit: Cultivate a Playful Attitude

“Life is too serious to be taken seriously.” (Oscar Wilde) The Feb. 10 and Feb. 19 articles were devoted to the First Humor Habit in Dr. McGhee’s 7 Humor Habits Humor Training Program.  Again, this series of articles offers general guidelines for what you need to be doing throughout the week to strengthen each Humor […]