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When everything is heavy, a touch of humor can help

By Carolyn Todd

21 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The NYT explains that beyond making the tough times a little easier, cultivating levity is good for your health. This piece provides some useful tips on how to do so.

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Wendi Aarons was writing at her local library when the sound of an angry voice made everyone look up. A patron, outraged over a book policy, vowed to take her child to another library and stormed off after berating the staff. The entire room was “so upset,” recalled Aarons, a humorist in Austin, Texas. “It was just this awful, uncomfortable silence.”

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