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The Sense of Humor

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During these uncertain times what people need most is a good laugh Imagine what would happen if you understood there is an untapped force contained within you that has the power to totally change your life And what if you discovered all you had to do in order to unlock this This origin

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  1. says:

    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader E B White famously said Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog Few people are interested and the frog dies of it And I've found no exceptions to this in the couple of decades I've looked Nevertheless when Anderson asked if I'd read the book I said yes Sadly White's uip contains meat than Anderson's 330 pagesThe central thesis of the book is that humor and laughter are good mentally physically socially and spiritually I'm pretty sure most people know that at least with most of these things without Anderson's help That doesn't stop him from saying it over and over again almost every time it's like he hasn't said it before As it's such a benefit he argues we need to increase our use of it in our family relationships professional life etc A time or two he adds a vaguely Christian ish gloss to this to add some weight to his argument but those attempts are pretty weak and best ignored for the author's sake His use of sources is laughable there are no footnotesendnotes many of his citations come in the form of one entertainer said his history is easily demonstrably wrong In short the writing is shoddy and in dire need of a capable editing which would make the whole thing a lot shorterThe humor used to tell his point? Well it's mildly amusing at best His chapter Humor that is No Laughing Matter is basically a narrow minded nag fest about sticking to types of humor that Anderson has arbitrarily decided is appropriate and avoiding humor that he doesn't like Everything else is just dull Overall the tone and content of the book don't match up to the subject matterThis would have made a fairly benign and marginally interesting magazine article or TL;DR blog post but as a book? Nope it just doesn't work it ends up spreading what material there is too thin to be any good It's too filled with what everyone already knows and repeats it and shoddy writing to waste your time with Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts I think it's pretty clear that it didn't bias me toward the book

  2. says:

    During these uncertain times what do people need most? In The Sense of Humor author Max Elliot Anderson who has spent most of his life in the production of documentary and dramatic films client videos and television commercials and has also written many wonderful adventure and mystery books for middle grade readers eight and up says that the answer is a good laugh In his Introduction Anderson says that the basic premise of the book is that “Humor and a sense of humor are uniue gifts from God intended to enable people to enjoy a positive life while at the same time brightening the corner where they are” After all even the Bible in Proverbs 1722 says “A merry heart does good like a medicine”The book is filled with than just Anderson’s opinions and ideas “We interviewed people in the medical field and in education We’ve cited research from authorities on the subject of humor and its benefits Each person arrives at the same understanding Including humor in all facets of our lives will improve our lives” The first eleven chapters roughly half the book explain how humor does what it does and contain discussions of how humor relates to family education the workplace relationships national background and even ministry There is also a chapter warning about kinds of humor which are best to avoid because they are really “no laughing matter”The second half of the book Chapter 12 enables the reader to experience fully everything discussed in the first half by providing a collection of perfectly clean humorous jokes anecdotes and giggles all arranged by subject material under such headings as health family education work relationships ministry miscellaneous and vintage humor While producing video programs and commercials for clients Anderson observed the important role humor played in many different situations and has written the book to help people understand the power which a positive sense of humor offers Did you know that Albert Schweitzer reportedly believed that the best medicine for any illness included a good sense of humor? Here is a book that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face a spring in your step and a song in your heart

  3. says:

    While this book contains hundreds of jokes and funny stories it is also a book about understanding humor and what it means to have a sense of humor Anderson relates the benefits of humor such as aiding in the healing process It can help with stress and depression tooAnderson says reading this book and putting into practice the principles it contains will help your communication skills help you develop a positive attitude and be a better friend and work associate Life will be enjoyable in your circle of influenceHe takes about the first third of the book to discuss humor He writes about doctors and dentists using humor its role in the family what's appropriate humor the styles of humor the use of humor in education at the workplace as a tool of management in relationships and in ministry He has a chapter about humor in translation and how sometimes a joke will not work in another language or culture He includes a section on how humor can hurt others such as sarcasmI learned some interesting concepts about humor It involves the whole brain integrating and balancing activity in both hemispheres Even though pastors love to use jokes “Interestingly there are no jokes in the Bible”The last two thirds of the book contains jokes Lots of jokes Some made me groan while others had me laughing until the tears ran Anyone who wants a good source of jokes will find plenty of material in this bookWhile I was tempted to skip right to the collection of jokes I'm glad I read the material about humor It's a good idea to know how and why humor works as it does before rolling out the jokes It will help me make good use of the jokes found in the rest of the bookFood for thought “Laughter is one of the most powerful tools we have for coping with the serious issues in our lives”I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review

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    We live in a world where everyday we hear about shootings terrorist attacks and other emotionally charged events When was the last time you laughed so hard your face hurt? It has been awhile for me and with all the tragedies going on around us I find myself not laughing or being cheerful at all The trials of the world can easily distract us and keep us in a depression I enjoyed the various studies the author did on laughter I found it interesting when he talked about his friend who was a dentist He uses humor in his practice to make the person feel at ease and to help the appointment go smoothly What if we adopted that concept in our everyday lives? Some of us have life threatening illnesses and with a bit of humor it could help with the stress we are under Some people use humor when they are nervous or in a stressful situation No matter when you use humor it always makes others feel better There are some funny moments in the book as he tells stories that relate to everyday life I think it is important to be able to laugh at ourselves when we do silly things The book is a great tool for bringing joy back into our lives Thank you writing a book that shows us through humor our situations can be bearable and laughter really is the best medicine Humor has been said to be the most underrated elixir for good health Humor relieves tension and reduces anger and aggression I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review

  5. says:

    If you've never thought or read about humor and laughter being good for the body and soul then this book is for you In the first part of the book the author tells of his research into the subject Each beginning chapter deals with humor in different places and situations ie medical workplace etc In most of the chapters I felt the author diverting from the subject at hand and just going on about humor I found this part of the book tedious to get through I did appreciate the section where the author instructs the reader on how to tell a joke and the importance of telling it correctly While the material was interesting I have heard a lot of it before The second part of the book is jokes Some of them I had heard before and many of them brought a smile to my face I realized through the author's instruction that I can slightly modify some of the jokes to make them personal which in turn will make the recipient of the joke get it even I received an ebook from The Book Club Network and the author for an honest review

  6. says:

    This is a book designed to help people realize the value of humor in everyday living It is based on research interviews and living examples and contains several very funny stories and jokesThe first half of the book addresses the benefits of humor in family dynamics health education ministry the church and all types of relationships as well as all other areas of life It shows through extensive studies that laughter is what people need when in a difficult or trying situation and all of us have that within us to give It is an untapped – and often unknown force deep inside us waiting to make itself known and enjoyedThe second half of the book is a collection of funny stories jokes and anecdotes that make the first half of the book practical They will bring laughter to everyone who reads it and prove the value of a sense of humor toward healthier and happier living