Home Archive Prev Next

How to Laugh and Rejoice in Difficult Times

Phil: The end of this year leaves both of us feeling unsettled by the social divisiveness that extends right down to the question of what is true. Society only exists through shared agreements, and their absence creates a backdrop of tension that rumbles persistently like an approaching storm.

Maude: Many of the things that get us so distressed are cerebral in nature. We worry about things we are thinking about. Many of these things are real and it is important that we are involved and trying to work to better the situations that concern us. At the same time, we must find ways to stay in the present, to breath and to live in the joy and beauty of each day and of our relationships.

Click here to find out our solution.

Phil reads this blog here.

Blogs Worth Revisiting

Heading into the New Year, we'd like to share some of our favorite posts from 2017.

How to Reach Mutual Solutions in Your Relationship
Do You Have to Work Hard in a Relationship?
How to Handle Anger in Your Relationship
The Myth of Difference Causing Problems in a Relationship

We'd love to know what your favorites were!

Successful Relationship Reading Corner


In this week's blog, we wrote about how to laugh and rejoice in difficult times. These articles shed some interesting light on laughter.

Laughter: The Surprising Secret to Surviving Tough Times "Just 24 hours earlier, I was overwhelmed (three keynotes and four workshops in three weeks) and in pain (recovering from foot surgery). And that was before I’d even thought about what was going on in the world. It’s been a distressing month, hasn’t it? But there I was, feeling happier than I had in a long time. The cure to my bad mood had been simple — I just needed a good laugh."

Dalai Lama on Laughter and Compassion "I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life, and my country is going through a critical period. But I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious. When people ask me how I find the strength to laugh now, I reply that I am a professional laugher."

10 things you may not know about laughter "The first time I did stand-up comedy my only coherent thought afterwards was that I wanted to do it again immediately, and do it better. Why is laughter so much fun? As a psychologist, this is especially puzzling as pretty much everything we think about laughter is wrong. So here are 10 things you, probably, didn't know about laughter."

Spreading peace one relationship at a time
Phil and Maude
Read our blogs at PhilAndMaude.
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram
Email us at philandmaude@philandmaude.com
If you are interested in newsletters you've missed, see our archive.
Do you know anyone who would enjoy this newsletter? Tell them to sign up at http://philandmaude.com/howtwo/.