“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs — jolted by every pebble in the road.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Laugh More!

My motto is: Love better. Live bigger. Laugh more!

Sometimes life is not funny. Sometimes, something happens that is more like an avalanche than a pebble in the road… like a midlife divorce.

So what does it look like to laugh or have a sense of humor when life is devastating?

Defining ‘Sense Of Humor’

I got to wondering what exactly having a “sense of humor” means. We say, “she has a good sense of humor,” but what does that actually mean?

The dictionary defines sense as “A conscious perception or sensation derived through the senses or through the intellect; i.e. a sense of direction; a sense of honor.” And humor is defined as “something that arouses laughter or amusement; a frame of mind.”

So even though it might be hard to find things to laugh about amidst the pain of a midlife divorce, you can still have that conscious

[or subconscious] perception that life on the whole is good. You can have an overall attitude that is upbeat and positive.

Joy WILL Return

Of course, your situation is in many ways agonizing, sad, and lonely (to name a few of the real, hard emotions.) But underlying it all, it is important to believe that laughter and joy will return.

I remember thinking during my divorce journey, “I just want to be able to laugh again … at anything.” You will laugh again. Joy will find you again. You can find glimpses of it even today. Cultivate a joy-filled and light-hearted frame of mind, and a “sense of humor” that will make your day more enjoyable!

“Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” ~ Isaiah 35:10B (NIV)

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