There aren’t many people in this Country that find anything amusing these days. Many people who were once middle to upper middle class are unemployed, have lost or are losing their homes and can’t feed their children. Take heart it’s not just this Country suffering lack of jobs and loss of property. My cousin is going through pretty much the same thing in England right now.
My father used to say no mater how bad things get, it could be worse. He was right with that statement and I am going to tell you why. There is a neighbor that lives down the street and around the corner from me. He lost his job and medical insurance because he couldn’t afford to pay the medical insurance premiums through Cobra. His wife worked, but their main income was gone. They lived off of their savings and credit cards, trying to hang on until things got better, but it only got worse. Eight weeks ago he had an electrical short in the wiring in his attic and it caught fire to his house. He got his family out and the fire department was called by a neighbor.
This man was so stressed over everything going on a few days later he suffered a heart attack and the paramedics had to be called. He was unconscious and they had to shock him to resuscitate him. He woke up in the hospital the next day. His wife visited him everyday and on the 5th day of his hospital stay, when he was feeling somewhat better, she reminded him that they were now over $200,000.00 in debt with no medical insurance and he was unemployed. His wife told me a few days ago, when I bumped into her at the store, that after she reminded him of how bad their finances were he started to laugh until he was hysterically laughing. His wife thought he had literally lost his mind and buzzed for the nurse, who got the staff doctor in to see him immediately because he couldn’t wouldn’t stop laughing hysterically.
Take “Heart” the doctor told him the more laughing and physical exercise you do the more anxiety you release and the stress starts to subside helping you to focus better on new opportunities. He also suggested a pet, to which, if you really love your pet, they help to absorb negative energy from the humans they love, which is why when you get depressed or agitated your pet seems to either sympathize or pull your attitude and you don’t know why.
Yesterday, my neighbor, his wife and their new puppy were walking down the street in front of my house. Their homeowners insurance company still has not settled on fixing their roof and that have plastic sheets covering the wholes. My next door neighbor was in her front yard that is fenced talking to my daughter that was in her yard. My daughter had on backless shoes and she got so excited to see this puppy she went to step back and caught her shoe on the driveway and fell flat on her butt. Ya just couldn’t help but laugh hysterically. (all she ended up with was bruised ego and highly embarrassed)
By the way, my neighbor’s family and friends have financially help them reduce their debt, but they are still struggling, as so many people are. Take a stress break and laugh.
So……. what tickles your funny bone?