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The Use of Humor for Improving Mental Health

At the center of happiness is self-compassion, acceptance and forgiveness.  Positive Psychology involves helping you develop your own mindful self-compassion and acceptance and humor can be a great beginning to this process.  Below are some of my favorite videos, articles, and websites.  Check back often, as I update these regularly.   


Authors and Videos of Interest:


Henri Le Chat Noir is a French cat who suffers from the tedium of daily life and the desire to instill more passion in his life.  Make sure you check out all 7 videos available when clicking on the Youtube link to the left.






Hyperbole and a Half.  Depression Part Two

I remember being endlessly entertained by the adventures of my toys. Some days they died repeated, violent deaths, other days they traveled to space or discussed my swim lessons and how I absolutely should be allowed in the deep end of the pool, especially since I was such a talented doggy-paddler.




Simon’s Cat.

Simon’s Cat is a charming, yet mischievous cat that lives with Simon. He made his first appearance online, in a film called 'Cat Man Do'. Since then he has also appeared in his own books, game and comic strip.






On-Line Resources:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance - http://www.dbsalliance.org

Half of Us - College Students Stress, Depression, Anxiety - http://www.halfofus.com



Inspiration, Poems, Quotes, Blogs & Short Stories

Wild Things in Captivity

By D.H. Lawrence

Wild things in captivity

while they keep their own wild purity

won’t breed, they mope, they die.


All are in captivity,

active with captive activity,

and the best won’t breed, though they don’t know why.


The great cage of our domesticity

kills sex in a person, the simplicity

of desire is distorted and twisted awry.


And so, with bitter perversity,

gritting against the great adversity,

the young ones copulate, hate it, and want to cry.


Sex is a state of grace.

In a cage it can’t take place.

Break the cage then, start in and try.


I Am Music

By Allan Inman

I am Music, most ancient of the arts.  I am more than ancient; I am eternal.  Even before life commenced upon this earth, I was here ~ in the winds and in the waves.  When the trees and flowers and grasses appeared, I was among them.   And when Man came, I at once became the most delicate, most subtle, and most powerful medium for the expression of his emotions.  When humans were a little better than beasts, I influenced them for their good.  In all ages I have inspired people with hope, kindled their love, given voice to their joy, cheered them on to valorous deeds, and soothed them in time of despair.  I have played a great part in the drama of Life, whose end and purpose is the complete perfection of Man's nature.  Through my influence human nature has been uplifted, sweetened and refined.  With the aid of men I have become a Fine Art.  From Tubalcain to Thomas Edison a long line of the brightest minds have devoted themselves to the perfection of instruments through which people can utilize my powers and enjoy my charms.  I have myriads of voices and instruments.  I am in the heart of all, on their tongues, in all lands among all people; the ignorant and unlettered know me, not less than the rich and learned.  For I speak to all, in a language all understand.  Even the deaf hear me; if they but listen to the voices of their own souls.  I am the food of love.  I have taught gentleness and peace; and have led people on to heroic deeds.  I comfort the lonely, and harmonize the discord of crowds.  I am a necessary luxury to all.  I am MUSIC.



I'm Nobody

By Emily Dickenson


I’m Nobody! Who are you?

Are you - Nobody - Too?

Then there’s a pair of us!

Don’t tell! they’d advertise - you know!


How dreary - to be - Somebody!

How public - like a Frog -

To tell one’s name - the livelong June -

To an admiring Bog!



To the Foot from Its Child

by Pablo Naruda


The child's foot doesn't know yet that it's a foot,

and wants to be a butterfly or an apple.


But then stones and pieces of glass,

streets, ladders,

and the paths of the hard earth

go on teaching the foot that it can't fly,

that it can't be round fruit on a branch.

The child's foot then

was overcome, it fell

in the battle,

was a prisoner,

condemned to live in a shoe.


Gradually, without light,

it started to know the world in its own way,

without knowing the other foot, shut in,

exploring life like a blindman.


These soft nails

of quartz, in a bunch,

hardened, changed into

opaque matter, into hard horn,

and the small petals of the child

got crushed, unbalanced,

took the form of eyeless reptiles,

worms' triangular heads.

And then they grew calluses,

they were covered

with tiny volcanoes

of death, unacceptable

hardenings.


But this blind thing walked

without respite, without stopping

hour after hour,

one foot and then the other,

now a man's

or a woman's,

above,

below,

through fields, through mines,

through department stores and ministries,

backward,

outside, inside,

forward,

this foot laboured with its shoe,

it hardly took time

to be naked in love or in sleep,

it walked, they walked

until the whole man stopped.


And then it went down

into the earth and knew nothing,

because there everything was dark,

it didn't know that it had ceased being a foot,

if they had buried it so that it could fly

or so that it could

become an apple.


Suffering - “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it” - Helen Keller

Education - “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”   - Yeats

Spirituality - “We should take care not to make intellect our God; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality”    - Albert Einstein

Expression - “Poets are not easily domesticated… and they can be outrageous; but they are also idealists and visionaries whose presence is needed… to clear the air of corruption and hypocrisy, to mock oppressors, and to challenge spiritual apathy.”  Stanley Kunitz


Guard against over-confidence.  A leader who knows all the answers is having a dialogue with himself, rather than acknowledging other ability.   Winning becomes more important than understanding.  It is easy to ignore your own limitations and lose sight of your limitations when you are over-confident.


Be Authentic - The quickest way to lose self-respect is to be someone you’re not.  It creates new problems without resolving the ones you left behind.  The problem with living someone else’s life is that your own dream disappears and the good news never emerges.


Faith in Good - We need an unerring faith in a greater good.  Our ability to dream and be a playful child offers some protection.  Our magic armour is that we find good in all, and are able to consistently forgive and seek forgiveness”


Being different - means more than defining your uniqueness compared to others in this world, it also means constantly evolving and being different from your former self.


Release Anger - You have to release anger and the desire to blame yourself or others


Passion - We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about


Friendship - “True friends have ways of letting you know they are interested in you.  The know what needs to be said, when to say it, and how to say it.”




Inspiration When Struggling with Sexual or Gender Identity

Ex-Gay Watch (Blog about the Unethical Use of Conversion or Reparative Therapy)

Here are some stories - http://www.exgaywatch.com/blog/


Regarding Masculinity - Dan Savage describes his high-school crush on an effeminate but confidant boy at his school. Savage goes on to examine the curious paradox of gay personal ads looking for "masc" guys which turn out to be written by guys who are fearful other people might perceive them as gay (or less than masculine). In the end he points out that it is the effeminate guys who are confidant, courageous and embody what may be classically thought of as masculine traits.



Funny & Inspirational Images