From the Editor

My dear readers,

All of us have been in meetings when the guest speaker begins a “talk” with a joke. We laugh patronizingly. This tactic is supposed to relax the audience and bind us with the speaker. Laughter, then, is the great equalizer. Yes, getting along with others is critical to success and happiness, yet many times we take ourselves too seriously. We need to lighten up.  We’re all just people, not machines. And being people, we need to hear a clever comment or pun now and then to get us back on the human track.

That’s what laughter creates. Happiness. When people see that you’re having a good time, they respect you all the more because it’s your human side coming out. The healing power of humor is strong. It can mend friendships, cure headaches, banish the blues and relieve the doldrums.

In the great scheme of things, humor is the essence of happiness.  Our big world is on overload with troubling news and looming uncertainties that we have no power to change. What we can do, though, is to concentrate on our own little worlds – our circles of family and friends - and make them better. I believe laughter is contagious, and it all starts with a smile, you know. And I am big on smiles. Join me in one – and I’ll return it with another!


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Sylvia Weinstein

My dear readers,

All of us have been in meetings when the guest speaker begins a “talk” with a joke. We laugh patronizingly. This tactic is supposed to relax the audience and bind us with the speaker. Laughter, then, is the great equalizer. Yes, getting along with others is critical to success and happiness, yet many times we take ourselves too seriously. We need to lighten up.  We’re all just people, not machines. And being people, we need to hear a clever comment or pun now and then to get us back on the human track.

That’s what laughter creates. Happiness. When people see that you’re having a good time, they respect you all the more because it’s your human side coming out. The healing power of humor is strong. It can mend friendships, cure headaches, banish the blues and relieve the doldrums.

In the great scheme of things, humor is the essence of happiness.  Our big world is on overload with troubling news and looming uncertainties that we have no power to change. What we can do, though, is to concentrate on our own little worlds – our circles of family and friends - and make them better. I believe laughter is contagious, and it all starts with a smile, you know. And I am big on smiles. Join me in one – and I’ll return it with another!

Sylvia Weinstein

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