“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”
—William Arthur Ward, 20th Century Author of inspirational maxims
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Are you a student of leadership?
If so, I highly suggest you watch the Netflix film, Pope Francis – A Man of His Word.
The film demonstrates a man who lives what he preaches and who has gained the trust of people across the world, from all religions, cultures, and social backgrounds.
His universal wisdom and message of hope provides views on many global questions and issues including social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, materialism, and the role of the family.
Toward the end of this film he suggests that each of us can participate in this global community effort by wearing a smile more often, and by developing a better sense of humor to add more balance to our lives.
Consider watching this important film with family and friends. Allow time after the viewing for discussion and dialogue to see how you can and will benefit from his universal message of hope.
“Your worst humiliation is only someone else’s momentary entertainment.”
—Attributed to Karen Crockett
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With the advent of social media, YouTube, shows like America’s Funniest Home Videos, and one of my favorites, Outrageous Acts of Science, we all get to see and share a wide variety of life moments. Many of us find the clips entertaining, often at the expense of the people in the clip who might feel embarrassed, shamed, or humiliated.
The reality is that most people move on to the next viral piece of entertainment quite quickly, and dismiss or forget what they saw just moments ago.
Unfortunately, some of us hang on to our embarrassing moments, and wear them as a badge of dishonor – a permanent Scarlet Letter that torments us and sticks around for years.
What embarrassing or humiliating event has occurred in your life? How can you move on or let go? How can you see humor in the situation, to free yourself to live a happier life?
“Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.”
– Elizabeth Gaskell, British Victorian-Era Novelist
I consider the Quotable Coach posts as serious business, nuggets of wisdom I hope impact your life.
This quote by Elizabeth Gaskell stopped me in my tracks, and caused me to take more detours to a lighter and jovial side of life. It’s caused me to strengthen my funny bone and avoid the osteoporosis of too much sitting on the mountain of wisdom.
How can you embrace the foolishness and folly within yourself and others to strengthen your own funny bone, and live a more complete, fulfilling and happier life?
Please feel free to reply to this message, and share any insight you may have on this subject.
“Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.”
– Leo Rosten, American novelist
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Stand-up comedians have one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. Imagine waiting 23.5 hours just to stand in front of a packed room with the job of making everyone laugh on cue for 30 minutes, at 11:30 pm!
The masters of this art have an uncanny ability to touch our head, heart, and funny bones with a surprising insight into our inner lives that’s rarely discussed.
Finding those universal notes that harmonize with everyone in the audience is magic, and the resulting synergistic laughter overtakes everyone – causing belly laughs, gasps, and in the best cases, the inability to catch our breath.
How can you learn to develop this special form of communication to deepen your connections with others and attract new people who share common but hidden affinities and attributes?
“A lesson taught with humor is a lesson retained.”
– Ruth K. Westheimer, aka “Dr Ruth”, sex therapist
One of the primary reasons I chose to pursue the profession of coaching 20 years ago was because of the considerable shortcomings of other forms of training and development. We all have books, binders, tapes and seminar folders sitting on our shelves that are barely remembered, and collecting dust.
Coaching is all about stickiness and sustainability, where the lessons learned often – in an experiential way – stay with us and become habituated.
Humor, as Dr. Ruth suggests, is a great way to make an idea or experience memorable, sticky and sustainable.
Where can you add a bit – or a bunch – of humor and fun to lessons being shared in both your professional and personal worlds?
Google the phrase “the use of humor to support learning” and see what you learn.
“I learned that when I made people laugh, they liked me. This is a lesson I’ll never forget.”
– Art Buchwald, humorist (attributed)
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While doing research on the subject of likeability, I came upon a list of attributes that include:
- Being honest
- Being humble
- Expressing empathy
- Being positive and optimistic
- Being polite
- Controlling anger and hostility
- Being a great listener
- And of course, having a great sense of humor
By demonstrating your sense of humor, you show a playfulness and general happiness that attracts others toward you.
Check out your humor level and restock it if need be. Consider humor websites, joke books, or even ask your friends and family for their best stuff.
Spreading a few more smiles around definitely pays off.