In case you’ve never seen or heard of the film Mary Poppins, one of the scenes involves a visit to uncle Albert, who floats in the air uncontrollably whenever he laughs. It’s infectious and soon everyone ends up floating around singing ‘I love to laugh’ and having tea on the ceiling.

There’s something wrong in constantly looking on the downside. Solomon said ‘there is a time to laugh’ You say, ‘right now I can’t find anything to laugh about, I say there is. Look at these excerpts from the book of Psalms, ‘If the Lord had not been on our side they would have swallowed us alive; ‘Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken; ‘When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion..our mouths were filled with laughter, then it was said among the nations, the Lord has done great things for them’  and I could go on and on.

If you can remain positive as things are falling apart around you, people will notice and want to know what your secret is. When you keep adding to the heat and confusion of a crisis, people lose respect for your ability to handle things under pressure. But, if you stay cool and maintain your sense of humour when things are going wrong, it’ll help those around you to calm down and think straight. Sure, some problems are serious, but you gain nothing by dwelling on the bleak side. Be happy inside, it makes a difference