Today I listened to much of a Conference on dementia to see if I could pick up some more information and tips as my parents and I make our way through this period. One of the speakers worked at a memory care facility and talked about the importance of humor – keeping your sense of humor and bringing a sense of humor into situations. She shared funny cartoons and such. We “faked laugh” because it’s good for your brain to relieve stress. It only took a chuckle for it to turn into real laughter. There was a joke shared that I thought was hysterical:
Three older men are undergoing a memory test at the doctor’s office. The Doctor asks, “What is three times three?” The first man answers, “274.” The second man answers, “Tuesday.” The third man answers, “Nine.” The doctor pleasantly surprised at the third man’s correct response, inquires, “Great! How did you get that answer?” “Simple. Just subtract 274 from Tuesday.
It was a good reminder not to take things too seriously and to replace worry that robs you of enjoying the moment.
I Found God today in a reminder of the importance of humor.