A Sense of Humor

A sense of humor makes it easier to meet the challenges that arise in daily experience and helps to eliminate the friction that would interfere with harmonious relationships. Its effect is like oil in machinery or shock absorbers on an automobile.

Many times, however, humor does not accomplish these worthy purposes. It may be misunderstood, even though well-intentioned. Or it may have a sting to it—someone laughing at another's expense. Frivolity and shallow thinking often try to masquerade as humor, and a false sense of humor does not appeal to the highest standards of thought.

True humor, on the other hand, is always wholesome, untainted by suggestions of evil. Constructive and uplifting, it never harms but always blesses. This genuine sense of humor is a natural element of a joyous nature. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, recognizes its value when she says, "I agree with Rev. Dr. Talmage, that 'there are wit, humor, and enduring vivacity among God's people.'" Miscellaneous Writings, p. 117;

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The Spiritual Nature of Business
May 14, 1966

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