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 […]

The First Humor Habit—Part 2: Discovering the Nature of Your Present Sense of Humor

“If I had no sense of humor, I should long ago have committed suicide.” (Mohandas K. Gandhi) Psychiatrist to her receptionist: “Just say we’re very busy; don’t keep saying ‘It’s a madhouse’ here.” You were asked in last week’s (Feb 10) article to immerse yourself in humor in every way you could think of. Check […]

The First Humor Habit: Immerse Yourself in Humor & Start Thinking about the Nature of Your Sense of Humor

Weekly postings of skill-building exercises related to each key Humor Habit will appear here at from now until May 4, 2012. These articles offer guidelines for activities which strengthen each Humor Habit. The full manual for the 7 Humor Habits Program is published in Humor as Survival Training for a Stressed-Out World. “You show […]

Assess your Sense of Humor NOW before Starting the Humor Training Program

[This article contains a Sense of Humor Test.] Over the next 2-3 months, you can do something that many think cannot be done—improve your sense of humor! I’ve had many people tell me that “You’re either born with a good sense of humor or you’re not . . . and there’s nothing I can do […]

Humor Skills Training on the Radio: Innovation in Radio broadcasting

A Weekly Series of Live Radio Broadcasts was devoted to helping seniors Learn to Use their Sense of Humor to Promote Greater Resilience, Health and Happiness between February 10 and May 25, 2012.   These broadcasts occurred as a featured segment of the popular show, The Bright Side of Aging, hosted by Ike Englebaum in Detroit, Michigan […]

Build Your Child’s Verbal Humor Skills Using Riddles

[Adapted from P. McGhee, Stumble Bees and Pelephones: How to Develop a Powerful Verbal Sense of Humor (children’s edition).  See “Books by Paul McGhee” to order.] An earlier article at this website noted that children become intellectually capable of understanding the double meanings that form the basis for most riddles at six or seven years […]

Humor Facilitates Children’s Social & Emotional Development

Why did Mr. Timmons wear a seat belt while eating his dinner?  Because he was on a ________ diet.  (Answer is given at end of article.) [Adapted from P. McGhee, Understanding and Promoting the Development of Children’s Humor.  See “Books by Dr. McGhee” to order.] The previous article on children’s humor discussed the important benefits […]

Humor Facilitates Children's Intellectual Develoment

[Adapted from P. McGhee, Understanding and Promoting the Development of Children’s Humor.  See “Books by Dr. McGhee” to order.] A good sense of humor provides a broad range of important developmental benefits to children, just as it does to adults.  You can help assure that your own children receive these benefits by actively supporting the […]

Mild Humor Reduces Bronchial Constriction among Asthma Patients