“This book reveals the mysteries to improving your sense of humor to be happier, healthier, have better relationships and make you a more humorous person. This funny, uplifting and endearing book will teach you the secrets of using humor to decrease stress, cope with adversity and enhance the good times. It tells the story of one man's rise from the depths of illness and chronic pain to the heights of success attributable to his daily humor habits. He explains his discovery of how the simple use of HUMOR can transform your life and the world you live in.”
David Jacobson is both an author, professional speaker, and a mental health professional. His ideas about how humor can help us cope with life’s struggles is based on his professional training and his personal life experiences, including dealing with severe arthritis and chronic pain for most of his adult life.
For more, visit Mr Jacobson’s website.
“People that think I’m strange don’t realize I’m just being funny and people that think I’m being funny don’t realize I’m strange.”
As someone who has been called a “smart” ahhh … we’ll go with “smart aleck” more than a time or two, I understood and agreed with where this book was coming from fairly easily. To me, that quote above gets to the heart of it. If you use humor as a means of coping with life, as Jacobson suggests in this book, you’ll be perceived by others as funny or strange, and both perceptions will have validity. But the key is, you’ll be coping in a much healthier way than many others do.
As with any humor (which permeates this book, in spite of also being quite serious) you’ll find some jokes that work for you and some that don’t as well. Personally, the never-ending front matter before the book’s core content started, while obviously intended to be humorous, almost had me abandoning the book before I was even started. I’m glad I persevered. But most of the humor worked for me and helped drive home the lesson or points he was making. He’s not only telling you how humor can be used in life to help cope with difficulties to be healthier and happier, but demonstrating ways to use humor in a positive manner. Although I was a believer in the overall point before reading this book, that belief is now solidified even more.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 30-35,000 words