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Humor is a powerful drug! We use it on a daily basis without even knowing it, and it's a medicine with healing and regenerative effects. At times, the things we talk and joke about in the fire service would seem crass and inappropriate to the general public, but it performs the job of defusing stressful situations in a way that can't fully be explained. Generally playful and good-natured, other times dark and sarcastic - either way, it allows us to expel stress in a way that doesn't show vulnerability. Laughter is contagious, therapeutic, and necessary for our health, station morale, and home life. Laughter can't solve every issue, but it's an effective first response that may mitigate the problem.



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Comment by Paul Combs on August 19, 2011 at 1:23pm

Thanks, Chief!!


Comment by Bobby Halton on August 19, 2011 at 11:40am

Paul, as always you have captured more in your illustration than I could in 10,000 words! But I do object to you using me as the model for the dark humor guy I never wear that clown nose in public...ever!  you are the best thanks again for everything, your friend Bobby

Comment by Mike France on August 18, 2011 at 7:26pm
Yes i can relate to this esp. Being the new guy. Good one brother

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