Why you should appreciate and protect your amazing hands?

Group of hands showing team work.

Think of all the things you do in a day with your hands.

Without them you would have great difficulty in performing even a fraction of the tasks you do.

Like most people, you probably take them for granted, giving little thought to how marvelously they are designed.

But just pause for a moment and take a close and thoughtful look at your hands.

Notice how attractively designed they are, being well balanced.

See how smoothly the fingers move and how easily you can grasp objects with them.

Think how expressive they are when used in conversation, gesturing in ways that add immensely to what you say.

In Hawaiian dances the graceful movements of the hands play an important part.

In the Far East, such as in Thailand, the position of the hands tell some of the story acted out in the dances there.

Our deepest emotions can be revealed by the hands.

Love and warm friendship are revealed by a warm clasp of hands, and anger is shown by clenching the hands into fists.

But what is even more impressive is the way the hands are designed.

The powerful muscles that operate the fingers are not located on the fingers,as that would have made them so thick with muscle tissue that they would have been large and clumsy.

Instead, the muscles are wisely located in the forearms and are connected with the fingers by means of strong, slender cords called tendons.

When the muscles attached to the tendons, called flexors, are contracted, the fingers close, but when the muscles that are called extensors are contracted, the fingers are extended.

These two muscles in the forearm flex all the fingers except the thumb, which has its own set of flexing, muscles.

Superb engineering of the hand makes it possible for the fingers to move swiftly, smoothly and easily through a great variety of precise movements.

Unity of action in the hand is aided by fibers and bands that interlace the muscles and tendons of the hands, binding them together.


The marvelous thumb

Picture of okay thumb.

A most remarkable part of the hands are the versatile thumbs.

They are wisely designed in such a way that they can function independently of the other fingers, and this is essential for the hands to be the useful instruments that they are.

You can better appreciate how important a thumb is by holding it motionless against the side of your hand.

Now try to pick up a small object such as a pin.

It is not easy, is it?

But, having the ability to operate independently from the rest of the fingers, the thumb makes it possible for you to pick up small and large objects with ease, as well as to give you a firm grip on things.

It is this independent operation of the thumb that makes it such an important part of your hand.

Because of its exceptional ability to move by itself and to cross over and touch any one of the other fingers, it is the busiest part of your hand.

You can get along without one of your other lingers better than without the thumb.

In fact, if you had only one other finger and the thumb, you could get along better than if you had all four of the other lingers but not the thumb.

Of all the characteristics of the hand, the opposition of the thumb to the other fingers makes the thumb distinctly peculiar to the human hand.

It is one of the many features that place humans above all other animals on earth.

In two extraordinary ways the human thumb is different from that of the monkeys and apes.

First, it is strikingly different in its length as compared with that of the apes and monkeys.

Secondly, it can work independently of the other fingers because the thumb’s metacarpal bone, the bone between the wrist and the finger, is not on the same plane as those for the other four fingers.

The human hand designed in such a way as to give it the dexterity necessary in the execution of the most delicate work.

Apes and monkeys have no necessity to hold a pen or a needle or to use instruments for making complex things.

In the ape the hand can be considered a locomotive organ.

This is an organ that gives the animal the power to move about, and it varies with the type of animal.

The human hand is much more than an ordinary locomotive organ.

Although it can help you move about, it is essentially an organ for grasping things and an organ of touch.

The sensitivity of the angers is truly marvelous.

As is evident in blind persons, the sense of touch can be cultivated to a very high degree, but even with those who rely more on their eyes, it can be remarkable.

A highly polished tabletop might look spotlessly clean, but when you gently move your fingertips over it, you will feel many small particles of dirt.

They can also detect small variations and nicks in the surface.

Two pieces of paper that stick together may appear to the eye to be just one piece, but to the person familiar with the feel of one sheet of paper, the difference in thickness is immediately noticeable to his sense of touch.

Put your anger under a water tap, and its sensitivity to temperature changes will inform you when .. the water is warmer or cooler.

Even slight variations of temperature in the water can be detected.

Great sensitivity of touch is possible because of the remarkable way fingertips are constructed.

A small piece of finger skin that is no larger than a moderate sized coin, contains several million nerve cells.

These pick up the great amount of information that your sense of touch conveys to your brain.


Size and shape

Picture of baby and father hands.

Surprising as it may seem, the size or shape of your hands or fingers does not necessarily prevent you from taking up any particular profession.

There have been outstanding and accomplished musicians with stubby fingers and large hands.

Any type of human hand can be trained to perform many amazing feats.

The skilled fingers of the champion typist can type more than 150 words a minute.

Delicate artwork in metal, lace or other materials can be produced by skilled trained hands of almost any shape or size.

Your hands, however, can be affected by the type of labor you do.

The hands of a Newfoundland fisherman, for example, reveal the effect of his trade by being thick and calloused in the palms.

As his strong hands grip the oars of a small boat that he rows to shore, the skin on the back of his hands gives under the strain, stretching almost half an inch.

His hands take the strain and the friction with no difficulty.

Protecting his hands from injury as he goes about his work is a thick skin and a buffer of fat on the palms that protect tendons and blood vessels.

These same hands that do heavy work on a fishing vessel are capable of making an intricate fishing net.

Thus it is in all types of work.

The hands can perform a wide variety of tasks.

Protecting your hand and fingers

A girl with gloves on her hands.

If you are one of the many millions of persons who live in cold climates, you may have wondered why your fingers require more protection in cold weather than does your face.

This is due to the fact that your fingers receive less blood than your face does.

The greater part of them is made up of bloodless joints, and the temperature in them drops more quickly than in the blood filled muscles of your face.

They are, therefore, more susceptible to the cold.

Unless you give them proper protection in very cold weather, they are in danger of becoming frostbitten.

In severe cases of frostbite fingers are amputated.

Your hands being the most used part of your body, they can easily be injured if care is not exercised to protect them by not putting them in dangerous places.

The loss of fingers and hands accounts for a high percentage of industrial accidents.

Even in a home there are many ways that hands are injured because of thoughtlessness.

Do not take your hands for granted, whether you are at home or at work.


When something gets stuck in a machine, turn the machine off before you try to take it out.

Machines can be repaired or replaced if damaged, but lingers cannot be replaced.

When operating power saws, do not foolishly use your lingers to push small pieces of wood through them.

It matters not the number of times you have done it without injury.

Only one slip is needed to lose one or more irreplaceable fingers.

Protect your fingers by using a stick to push the wood through the saw.

If it slips, nothing is lost.

It has been rightly said that our hands are vehicles of our minds, partners of the brain.

We should, therefore, use our heads when we use our hands so that the hands will not be injured by foolish mistakes.

Thoughtfully protect these marvelous instruments of your body that make it possible for you to do such a great variety of things.

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Are you really ready for marriage?

Picture on teen marriage.

"Dating was such fun, we thought that marriage would be the same,” lamented a disillusioned youngster.

Another acknowledged: “We married as boy and girl, but marriage required a man and woman."

And a heartbroken young girl captured the tragedy of her marriage when she explained:

The trouble with my husband and me is that we didn’t give ourselves time to find ourselves. We married before we had any idea what we really were or really wanted-and now we’ve discovered that what we want is certainly not each other.”

These are typical expressions of youths who have been hurt badly in the wake of today’s avalanche of teenage marriages.

No doubt some of these young couples have made a fine success of their marriages, but can it be said that this is the general rule?

Are such young persons prepared to take on the responsibilities of courtship and marriage?

The evidence indicates that many are not.

Repeatedly, investigations have found that happiness in marriage is found less often in early marriages than in later ones.

One investigator, for instance, reported that:

Divorce rate was six times higher in the marriages where both spouses were under 21, than in the marriages in which both spouses were 21 or over at the time of marriage."

This is certainly sobering evidence to consider if you are a teenager who wants to get married.

It should at least cause you to pause and think the matter over.

Although it is by no means true everywhere, where you live it may be the custom for a young man or woman to choose one’s own marriage mate.

If so, think of the tremendous responsibility: To select a mate with whom you will live day in and day out for the rest of your life!

Are you prepared to choose?


This raises the question as to whether you, as a teenager, are in position to choose a marriage mate for the fully developed adult that you will in time become.

True, you may have a strong desire to get married, and may even feel that a particular person is the ideal one for you.

But have you stopped to analyze why you believe this person will make a line lifelong partner?

Young people often rate prospective marriage mates according to standards that have little to do with whether they will make good husbands and wives.

For example, young girls are often enamored by a star athlete, a smooth dancer, or by a boy with dark curly hair and a sleek looking automobile.

Perhaps you, too, are prone to rate a prospective mate according to values such as these.

But are these the things that are really vital to a happy marriage?

Is it not of much more importance that a young man have the qualities that will make him a kind, considerate husband, and a faithful provider for the family?

Unfortunately, however, the emotions of young girls usually do not permit them to make such an objective assessment of prospective mates.

The same can be said of young men.

Contrary to what many of them seem to think, a girl’s having a pretty face and charming ways does not mean that she will be a dutiful wife, loving mother and an interesting companion.

You may be satisfied with just a pretty face now, but later on you will want the qualities of a fully developed woman, including intelligence and ability to shoulder responsibility.

Remember, too, with the passing of years bodies and faces change, and the glow of youth that makes some girls so lovely now does not last.

So if your choice of a marriage mate is based primarily on such transitory values, the union is not likely to be a happy one.

Many marriage authorities will not hesitate to point out that the average teenager is not prepared to make such an important choice.

And conditions that exist in countries where youths are allowed free rein to select their own marriage mates tend to bear out their contention.

In many parts of the world even the teenagers themselves will readily acknowledge that they are not qualified to select a marriage mate.

In fact, for centuries this important choice has largely been left up to parents.

As one Indian girl explained to a well-known marriage counselor, Dr. David R. Mace:

“How “would we be able to judge the character of a boy we met and got friendly with? We are young and inexperienced. Our parents are older and wiser, and they aren’t as easily deceived as we would be. . . . It’s so important that the man I marry should be the right one. I could so easily make a mistake if I had to find him for myself.”

Sex attraction and romance



What makes a wise selection of a marriage mate especially confusing for inexperienced youth is the powerful attraction that exists between the sexes.

When young people, unfamiliar with these forces, are caught up in the clouds of romance they lose all sense of sound judgment.

Young girls and boys are thus easily prone to confuse sexual passion with true love.

Further, where problems or troubles crop up, young couples who are courting often resort to hugging and kissing their way out of them.

The trouble may be any one of a number of things-bad habits or mannerisms, differences in likes and dislikes, or conflicting attitudes toward religion or handling of money.

But thinking that the wonderful feeling they have for each other will automatically solve such difficulties, they go ahead and get married.

This no doubt explains why many teenagers, and even persons out of their teens, are so in love before marriage and so terribly unhappy afterward.

Largely responsible are the modern movies, literature and songs that glamorize romantic love, leaving the impression that it is a sufficient basis for a happy marriage.

A girl whose marriage was prompted by such a wrong impression relates:

I was elected Queen of the May and crowned in a gorgeous coronation ceremony. As I stepped down from the stage after being agreed to go out with him the next week. On that date he said when he saw me being crowned queen, he knew he loved me.”

The two were quickly married.

But rather than living happily ever after, the couple did not get along at all.

She said:

“He thought my standards foolish and called me highbrow. He really wanted nothing in life beyond a car and a good time. When he hurt me, he never apologized.”

The attraction that drew the two together was not genuine, unselfish love.

It was sufficient for a pleasurable romance, but not for a happy marriage.

Would it not be wise, then, for you to consider whether sex attraction and romance are the primary reasons you want to marry a certain person?

Is it her radiant smile, laughing eyes or beautiful form that make her irresistible to you?

Or is it the way that he holds you in his arms and kisses you that makes you certain he is the one for you?

If your desire for a person is based almost exclusively on sex appeal, be cautious.

Do not confuse this romantic feeling with the type of love needed for a successful marriage.


Are you ready for courtship?


The first question to consider, however, is whether you, as a teenager, are ready for courtship.

In other words, are you in position to take on the responsibilities of married life with which courtship culminates?

If not, is there any valid reason for going out alone with persons of the opposite sex and showing interest in them in a way that would naturally be expected to lead to marriage?

Is it wise to “date” before you are old enough to get married?

Of course, if you live in communities where “dating” by even very young persons is the custom, you may see nothing wrong in it.

In fact, you may accept it as the natural and proper thing to do.

But simply because something is popular, and “everybody does it,” does not mean it is wise.

The question is:

What is the fruitage of such a custom?

Does early unchaperoned dating lead to honorable, successful marriage?

Is it good training for youth in eventually choosing a mate?

You probably are aware that teenagers who “date” regularly often get romantically involved and do a lot of necking and petting.

What does this often lead to? You know.

All too often the girl gets pregnant, and they enter a marriage for which neither is prepared.

They did not plan it that way; they may have realized that sex before marriage is wrong, but they lost control of themselves.

Sociologists agree that 30 to 40 percent of the teenage brides are literally forced into marriage.

Most authorities recognize the inadvisability of early dating.

Noted the internationally known expert on marriage and family life, Dr. Margaret Mead:

Boys should probably not start courting girls until they have got their growth; until they have some sense of themselves as people; and until a girl a couple of years younger than they are is old enough to be courted.”

Unchaperoned dating by young teenagers simply is not wise.

Rather than being a form of teenage entertainment, dating and courtship are for mature people who are ready for marriage.

It is a time, not for sexual experimentation, but for serious contemplation-When one makes the momentous choice of his or her lifelong mate.

This calls for taking a good, hard, realistic look at the other person, seeing him in as many situations as possible, particularly difficult and unglamorous ones.

Learn what the person is really like.

Consult your parents.

What do they think of the person?

Listen to their advice, for generally they are in a much better position to judge qualities of personality than you are.


The responsibilities of marriage


But regardless of whether your parents choose for you or the decision is your own, the question still remains:

Are you prepared to care for the responsibility involved?

And, too, is the one you plan to marry ready?

Unfortunately young persons often have a very unrealistic.

View of marriage responsibilities.

They simply do not know enough about what is involved when two people agree to live together.

For instance, do you have a realistic view of what it costs to live?

Have you paid your own bills, done your own shopping, handled insurance and taken care of other family matters?

It takes training and experience to run a household.

Have you had such training?

If you are a girl, you may reason that that will be your husband’s responsibility.

Well, then, is he qualified to handle such matters?

Does he have the necessary experience, or do his parents still support him?

If he has never been on his own and taken care of himself, how can you expect him to support both himself and you?

Is it wise to entrust yourself into the hands of such inexperience?

You will want to determine this before getting married.

A wife, too, has responsibilities.

Are you sure you are ready to care for them?

Do you know how to wash, iron, cook, clean the house, and do the many other things that are so necessary for a pleasant home?

True, you may be able to heat a can of beans or put TV dinners in the oven, but can you expect your husband to be happy with a steady diet of such meals?

Hardly.

To care properly for washing, ironing and cleaning also takes practice and interest.

For instance, you can be sure that your husband will not be pleased if he learns that you ruined his new white shirts by putting his colored socks in the same wash with them.

Inexperience can lead to much unhappiness.

One young married girl recently admitted:

Like so many girls, I had never learned to cook or keep house. I didn’t even know how to iron a blouse. And Ralph’s mother had always done everything for him; he’d never had to pick up his bath towels or put the toothpaste away.”

The two were completely unequipped to handle the everyday responsibilities of married life, and the marriage failed.

The same thing can so easily happen to you.

And what if you should become pregnant?

Would you know how to care for yourself during pregnancy, and for the baby after it is born?

Or would your feelings be those of the inexperienced teenage wife who explained:

When I first began to realize I might be pregnant, I was shocked. All I could think was, . . . I’ve never held a baby. How can I possibly take care of one ?”

This is a serious matter, for the early care of a child has a great effect on its well-being in later life.

Would your husband be mature enough to meet the situation?

Would you feel secure and confident in his care?

These are matters for serious consideration, because they are responsibilities that go with marriage.

So if you are nearing adulthood and realize that you are not yet equipped to care for the obligations that go with it, now is the time to do something about it.

Benefit from the experience that your parents have had; they will be glad to share it with you.

Show yourself willing to help with the work that has to be done at home, in this way gaining the training and experience that you will need in years to come.

Make the best use of your opportunities now, so that, when you are ready to choose a marriage mate, you will be equipped to contribute your share to a happy home.

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How to make your teenager become a responsible driver?

Picture of a teenage driver.

Parents need to recognize this fact, and seriously consider:

Is my teeneger really ready for a driver’s license?

Otherwise, are they not at least partially responsible when their youngsters become involved in traffic accidents that cause deaths and injuries?

‘But what am I to do?’ you may ask. ‘Should I refuse my child a driver’s license?’

That is a decision you will have to make, but you can also make them become more responsible drivers.


Parental responsibility

Picture of a distracted  driver.

Many think it is the best answer, and recommend that laws be passed forbidding young people from driving.

But others believe there are better answers, much fairer to youths.

They argue that raising the driving age will not lessen the number of beginners on the road who lack driving experience.

And it is this lack of experience that is considered a major cause of auto accidents, regardless of the age at which one starts learning to drive.

So perhaps it is your decision to allow your child to learn to drive while he is quite young.

Do not conclude, however, that you have fulfilled your responsibility by simply having him take the driver’s education course at driving school.

These are generally inadequate.

In fact, studies show a higher accident rate even among driving school-trained teenagers.

Why do driving school programs fail?

Basically, it is felt, because they do not give the young driver practical experience.

Only a little time is spent actually driving, and this at slow speeds on lightly traveled streets.

Few, if any, emergency situations are faced. “Because of this,” a spokesman for a large auto insurer explained, “young drivers are not ready to face many emergency situations such as blowouts and skids.

Too often the youthful driver’s first experience with an emergency situation is the real thing, and too often he will never get a second chance.”

For this reason Dr. Amos E. Neyhart,  who has set up a driving course says :

 At least 12 hours should be spent by each student behind the wheel. The student driver must be given simulation experience in skidding, brake failure, tire blowouts, running off the road, and so on. We’ve been teaching manipulative skills but not enough accident-prevention skills.”

So, as a parent, you should see that your teenager receives adequate driving experience.

Let him practice while you are with him.

Give him practical experience at turnpike speeds.

Also, it is wise to teach him to handle skids, estimated to be a major contributing factor in one of every four fatal auto accidents.

Perhaps you can find a large, unoccupied, iced-over parking lot and obtain permission to use it to practice skidding and counter-steering.

Reading about skid control will never educate as well as will experiencing the real thing.

Nor does your responsibility end with simply seeing that your youngster can expertly handle a car, even in emergency situations.

Inculcating a proper mental attitude is equally important, if not even more so.


Instilling a sober, mature attitude

Picture of a sober driver.

Your youngster may be a teenager, but when he is behind the wheel of a car it is essential that he be a stable person who values life and property.

It is your responsibility to see that he is.

Endeavor to develop in him courtesy, respect for law, carefulness and consideration for the rights of others.

A vital way of doing so is by providing a good example in the way you drive.

Emphasizing the importance of this, Dr. Bruno Bettelheim, a noted psychoanalyst, said:

Even if a parent breaks a traffic law only occasionally, it may be enough to destroy a child’s belief that he should obey all rules at all times. An occasional speeding violation by a parent, or impatient cheating at the stoplight, makes a youngster imagine that to be ‘grown up’ means one can break the law and get away with it.”

It is vital, too, to teach your youngster to think while he drives, always to be analyzing the traffic situation.

One parent makes a kind of game out of this, explaining:

My son . . . sits beside me in the front seat of the car, looks ahead, and picks out possible dangers. For example, there is a line of parked cars ahead with a driver seated at the wheel of one car. What should the driver of our car do if the other driver pulls out suddenly or opens his car door on the wrong side? There’s a hidden driveway where a car may come out unexpectedly. How do we prepare to meet this emergency? Up ahead is a blind curve. How do we proceed?”

Some may think that young people have such quick reflexes that they can, at the last moment, take accident-preventing action.

But the fact is, being able to get one’s foot to the brake a fraction of a second faster than the next person is much less important in avoiding accidents than driving carefully enough so that such activity is unnecessary.

Yet another way to impress upon your youngster the importance of safe driving is to allow him to see and hear firsthand what happens to traffic violators.

If you get in touch with the local court, the judge may be glad to have you come down to listen.

He may even arrange to hear a series of cases that will be especially instructive and impressive for teenagers.

Also effective is to have youths visit the emergency ward of a hospital and watch traffic-accident cases as they are brought in.

This can certainly make a lasting impression that emphasizes the importance of safe driving!

By inquiring and explaining the reason for it, you may receive permission to visit such an emergency ward.

It is not an exaggeration to say that the future of your youngster is dependent, to a surprising degree, upon your proper supervision of his use of the car.

You simply cannot close your eyes to the danger when he is behind the wheel.

It is real!

So do all you can to make your youngster a safe driver.

His life, and that of others, may depend on it.

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Why laughter is the best medicine you can take?

A military doctor having a laugh with a sick child.

Animals cannot laugh.

The enjoyment of laughter is reserved exclusively for humans.

For centuries research has gone on to find out why people laugh, but it is still largely a mystery.

Do you enjoy a good laugh?

Is it beneficial to laugh?

There are different views about humor.

Some stress the negative side, viewing humor as “aggressive,” tending to belittle other people.

On the other hand, laughter has been called “a prerequisite to a well-rounded personality,” “wonder drug for depression.”

But why can it be regarded as one of the most important natural medicine?

Aid to a healthy mind and body

A father having fun with his children.

An article entitled “The Sense in Humor” points out that some psychologists and psychiatrists have begun to explore the possibilities of using humor therapeutically.

They are attempting to encourage their patients’ sense of the ridiculous as an antidote to emotional distress.

On the other hand, persons with no sense of humor often show symptoms of emotional disorders.

Dr. Margaret Prouty,
a retired pediatrician, made an interesting observation concerning children who developed ulcers due to stress:

Years of observation have convinced me that one of their chief personality defects is an almost total lack of a sense of humor. Life is indeed real and earnest, and they have no ability to laugh at themselves or at others.”

You probably know some persons who take themselves very seriously, walking about with a ‘chip on their shoulder,’ so to speak.

Are such people happy?

Do they contribute to the happiness of others?

The solution may be no more involved than learning to laugh at themselves.

Psychiatrist Smiley Blanton stated:

I’ve seldom been called on to help a person who had a sense of the ridiculous, and I’ve never had to treat anyone who could really laugh at himself.”

Can you see the humorous side of your life?

Yes, “a sound mind” goes hand in hand with a modest view of oneself.

You will more easily develop that view if you learn to laugh at yourself.

What about the effect of humor on physical health?

Dr. James J. Walsh, in his book Laughter and Health, explained that the up-and-down movement of the diaphragm in laughter affects internal organs in a manner similar to exercise.

Laughter gives a gentle massage to the heart, improving circulation. A like effect upon the liver and intestines aids digestion and elimination of wastes.

Dr. Walsh points out that persons with blood-pressure problems would do well to “keep laughing.”

Results of experiments revealed that people with blood pressure of 180 or above experienced—through laughter—a drop of 10 or more points; those with low blood pressure (below 120) showed a rise of 10 points or more. But there are times when laughter is out of place.

The magazine Science Digest observes:

Like a coin, humor appears to have two sides. . . . Sometimes wit is used either consciously or unconsciously as a weapon. There is a saying, ‘Laughter kills.’”

This is particularly true with regard to young children.

Never should a child be the victim of derisive “humor.”

Nor should children be allowed to use such a “weapon” on other youngsters.

This is a sign of insecurity and parents should be quick to correct whatever is wrong.

To avoid hurting another be sure you laugh with him, not at him.

Indeed, there is a time to laugh.

Hearty, relaxed laughter can benefit you mentally, physically and emotionally.

But be careful not to engage in laughter at the wrong time, or to use your sense of humor to hurt others.


Other humor’s benefits

Benefits of laughter.

Humor is helpful in coping with difficult situations

Laughter can play an important part in promoting peaceful family life.

Illustrating this is the experience of a father who became provoked at his young son for leaving a new bicycle out in the rain overnight.

“Put it out in the driveway and let me run over it,” the father said bitterly.

“We might as well finish it off.”

As his anger flared, the father grabbed the bicycle and wheeled it onto the driveway. 

Then the boy’s younger sister and mother made some remarks to provoke laughter in the angered father.

What happened?

The man explains:

After a moment I smiled. Then I laughed. The moment I laughed, I could sense the tension ebbing away. A feeling of relief took over. Sanity had returned. Everyone joined in the laughter.”

Reflecting on the benefits of humor in trying situations, this man stated:

More and more I am convinced that humor is a sixth sense, as important to our enjoyment of life—even to our survival—as any of the five physical senses. And if there is any place it comes in handy it is in the home. Ours, anyhow.”

Humor can brighten up even an apparently hopeless situation.

Does your occupation require you to persuade others of the value of some product, of the need to take a particular course of action, or of the reasonableness of certain arguments?

How can you convince your hearers to act upon what you say?

William J. McGuire, of Yale University’s Department of Psychology, writes concerning persuasion:

The use of humor in the message can enhance yielding; apparently it puts the recipient in a more pleasant, agreeable state.”

Concerning children a psychologist noted:

A sensitive parent can learn a great deal from observing when and why his child laughs just as we learn from observing in our clinical work. . . . Relaxed laughter is healthy, but distorted, artificial laughter can be a cover-up for troubled feelings.”

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