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Humor Us

An Appeal for the Gospel of Relaxation

by Donald Capps

Imprint: Cascade Books

194 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.39 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781498290371
  • Published: October 2016

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  • 9781498290388
  • Published: October 2016

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  • Hardcover
  • 9781498290395
  • Published: October 2016

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This book addresses the fact that Americans tend to live under a considerable amount of stress, tension, and anxiety, and suggests that humor can be helpful in alleviating their distress. It posits that humor is a useful placebo in this regard; cites studies that show that humor moderates life stress; considers the relationship of religion and humor, especially as means to alleviate anxiety; proposes that Jesus had a sense of humor; suggests that his parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard has humorous implications for the relief of occupational stress; explores the relationship of gossip and humor; and suggests that Jesus and his disciples were a joking community. It concludes that Jesus viewed the kingdom of God as a worry-free existence.
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