Prayer for Good Humor

I rarely reblog posts but this is a gem.

In my humble opinion, a good sense of humor is God’s little joke on us because the best humor is self-deprecating.

When we make fun of ourselves, we invite others to see themselves in us – and share a laugh. The worst humor is being invited to laugh at others.


by St. Thomas More

Grant me, O Lord, good digestion,
and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body,
and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good
and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil,
but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not
boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments,
nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I.”
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to
take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy,
and to be able to share it with others.

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Author: Almost Iowa

18 thoughts on “Prayer for Good Humor”

  1. I love this post! Laughing at others is the easy way out, and only causes harm. Laughing at ourselves keeps our ego in check, and invites others to be a part of our own experience. It’s a way in including, rather than excluding. Particularly when others see a bit if themselves in the humor.

    1. An example of how widely accepted and wildly popular self-deprecating humor can be is best illustrated by the ease with which the television series Everybody Loves Raymond translates into various languages and cultures.

      From Wikipedia:

      In Egypt, a sitcom called El Bab Fil Bab (الباب في الباب ), which means “Close Doors” in Arabic, is produced by Sony Pictures Television, translating Everybody Loves Raymond with minor changes to adapt the Eastern Culture. The first season aired in the month of Ramadan 2011; second season in 2012.

      A Dutch remake called Iedereen is gek op Jack (Everybody is crazy about Jack) premiered in 2011. The second season started airing in March 2012.

      An Israeli remake called “Mishpacah Lo Bochrim” (משפחה לא בוחרים) (You Can’t Choose Your Family) premiered in October 2012, and was cancelled after 13 episodes aired.

      A pilot for a British remake, titled The Smiths, has been commissioned to be produced for BBC One and was filmed in May 2013 at Elstree Studios. Lee Mack wrote and starred in the pilot, as Michael Smith. The pilot also starred Catherine Tate, Tom Davis, Gwen Taylor and David Troughton.[8]

      An Indian remake, titled “Sumit Sambhal Lega” (“सुमित संभाल लेगा” – “Sumit Will Handle Everything”), premiered on August 31, 2015 on STAR Plus.

      A Czech remake called “Rudyho Má Každý Rád” (Everybody Loves Rudy) premiered on ČT1 on 31.08.2015, comprising 12 episodes.[9]

  2. Love this prayer and am going to repeat this and make it my mantra! I’ve been grumbling lately and stressed and I know it is my ego making me miserable. Thank you posting this, Greg. -Molly

    1. Size is what makes an ego miserable. If it gets too big, deflate it with humor. If it gets too small, soothe it with a little humor and it will grow.

    1. I always thought that age would bring me wisdom and dignity, instead it brought me a bladder the size of a walnut… Now that is something to laugh about.

  3. Loved it thanks.
    Try to find the dialogue between God and st. Francis on lawns. It’s a cracker.

      1. 😀 and did it feel good? Let’s see it go another six months between cuts.

  4. I think the best humor is the humor we direct at ourselves. The ability to make other people laugh at ordinary, everyday situations is a gift….a gift which you have in spades. Your posts are proof of that.

    I love seeing a post from you because I KNOW I’m gonna LM*O at some stupid thing Stan did, or geese following equipment down the road, or you attempting to convince your sharp-as-a-tack wife that you weren’t trying to pull the wool over her eyes!!

    Thanks for all the laughs I’ve enjoyed here. Looking forward to more.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

    1. or you attempting to convince your sharp-as-a-tack wife that you weren’t trying to pull the wool over her eyes

      but…but…but… I wasn’t trying to pull the wool over her eyes. Honest. 🙂

    1. After you left this comment, I added a line to the post suggesting that a good sense of humor is God’s little joke on us because the best humor is self-deprecating. With that in mind, I believe that God played more than a little joke on me. 🙂 🙂

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