“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.”—Allen Klein
Klein, who celebrates his 79th birthday this week, is an American humorist, author and lecturer whose writings focus on the stress relieving benefits of humor. His work in that field has not only resulted in myriad writings and 5 books but also his election as one-time president of The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, which awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
Among his books on the effectiveness of therapeutic humor is the best seller The Courage to Laugh: Humor, Hope, and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying. He also has edited numerous “happy” books of quotations, including the wonderful Always Look on the Bright Side.
The term Eternal Optimist probably would not be a stretch in describing Klein and the words he likes to share. “The lesson adults can learn (from using humor),” he said, “is that the world is filled with things for our enjoyment.”
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