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What Is Funny About Character?

What is funny about character?

Humor is in the eyes, ears and hearts of those observing. What you might think is funny, could be lost on someone else, or worse even be offensive. Today’s question is, “What is funny about character?” What are some things you think might be funny when talking about character, or perhaps the lack of good character?

What is funny about character?

I think character itself is not funny. It is necessary to have a good sense of humor when developing character. You will need the ability to laugh at yourself on occasion. Maybe it’s not a requirement, but it sure makes life easier when you can laugh with, not at, others.

Here is good video about humor and character

What is funny about character? Everything and nothing. Life is there for you to live. It is what you make of it. Your character is a large part of that life and more importantly, it affects the society in which we all live. What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts.

What is important to you? To Do List Tuesday

Here is the next issue of To Do List Tuesdays #ToDoListTuesday!

Over the last month, I have shared a bit of the wisdom and thoughts that my grandmother passed along to me.  Prior to that we discussed good character. I wrote about an idea to foster character awareness.  So where do go from here? In order to decide what character traits are important to all of us (society), I need a large sampling across all age groups.  I am asking for your help to gather this data. I am more than happy to share the data when the survey closes at the end of May, just let me know. You can leave your email address on the survey or contact me via the blog.

The items on your to do list today are:

  1. Take this short survey asking what is important to you.
  2. Please share this post with as many people as possible.
  3. Share it on social media, email, blogs, websites, bus stops, billboards, well you get the idea 🙂

Thank you for your help.

9 Steps to a Better You

9 Steps to a Better You

9 Steps to a Better You

9 Steps to Better YouI need your help.  I need a good, catchy, marketable title for my book on character. Looking at ways to improve turns off some people. How do we make it sound appealing or intriguing? How can we get 9 Steps to a Better You to be compelling?

I have some ideas and would love to hear any and all thoughts on them, plus any suggestions you might have. Here are a few thoughts that I have:

  • Character: Why We All Need It.
  • A Better You, A Better World
  • Character: Why You Need It Now!
  • You Are Society’s Conscience
  • Your Personal Character Development

9 Steps to a Better You

Here are is an excerpt from the chapter on improving your character:

Market-ResearchCan it really be as simple as 9 steps? Maybe, but change is rarely simple.  The first step in changing any habit, rooting out the bad and replacing it with good, is to accept responsibility for your life. It is your life. You must accept that you are in charge and that you can and must govern how you respond to everyone and everything around you. If you cannot or choose not to accept this, then stop reading now and give this book to someone else. This simple, yet fundamental, idea must be accepted and you must choose to take responsibility for your life, personal growth and development. You can create a better you and a better world.  Take that first step today.

“I am in charge of my life. I choose to have positive reactions and accept honest, heart-felt criticism. I am responsible for making me, the best me possible.”

The brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones. Click To Tweet

Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson (www.rickhanson.net) states that “The brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones.”[1]  It is also said that for every one negative stimulus that the brain receives, we need 11 positive stimuli to overcome the one negative.  This implies that for every bad experience or encounter that one has, then we need 11 good or positive experiences just to get back to zero. It is harder to keep the equation at or above zero. Also it indicates that one should never say anything negative about another person. The effects are long-lasting and difficult to reverse. Sometimes, this is where patience will serve you well.  Therefore it is important as part of quest to improve character that we lift up those around us. This includes ourselves. We need to give positive feedback to our self as well as those around us. Good self talk is key to positive feedback for ourselves. This is not about the “Rah, Rah” feel good motivational thoughts, which have their place, but about being honest in a positive manner.

Steps:
1.    Take responsibility for your own personal character.
2.    Honestly evaluate your character today.
3.    Find a trusted friend to help you with accountability and observation.
4.    Make a list of your good traits.
5.    And a list of your traits that need improvement.
6.    Chose one to improve.
7.    Write down one or two specific actions you will take to improve.
8.    Commit to the improvement.
9.    Evaluate your progress weekly with your friend.

[1] http://www.tommoon.net/articles/are_we_hardwired-2.html


So what do you think?

Hey WORLD, need better character?

If there is any doubt that the world needs better character, check out this TED Talk by Gary Haugen. Haugen gives a strong argument that our efforts to help the poor will continue to fail if we do not address the issue of preventing violence to the poor. You can read more about the issues and the efforts to address this at the International Justice Mission and The Locust Effect. Please take a moment to check out these sites and sign the petition to the UN. Many aspects of character, or in this case, the lack of character, play into the overall problem faced by the world’s poor. Poverty is one of the ultimate tests of an individual’s character. Not being able to provide food, shelter, clothing and protection to yourself and your family can drive an individual to do things that they normally would not do. If one is predisposed to being a bully, then outcomes can be catastrophic to those around them.