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The outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus was no laughing matter, especially in Mexico where the first cases appeared. Though millions of Mexican citizens wore surgical masks and stayed away from public places to prevent infection, they used the opportunity to display their sense of humor. The imposing masks became a canvas for creativity, across the nation. Newspapers in major cities published cutouts of smiles to paste on masks, while people put pictures of monkey mouths, oversized lips, and moustaches on theirs. Some drivers even put large surgical masks on their cars

In addition to the surgical masks, people produced new jokes, popular songs, and even special t-shirts to help citizens endure the flu scare with a touch of creativity and humor. Jane Martinez, mother of a two year old had to get creative to protect her daughter. Martinez embroidered hearts on her youngster’s mask, to get her to wear it. Martinez told reporters, “I made it for her because she didn’t want to wear it, so I made her a special one.”

--Mexicans turn to humor, creativity to endure flu, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090501/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_swine_flu_humor; May 1, 2009; Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

How many circumstances could be changed by applying a little humor and creativity?

Proverbs 17:22 (GW) A joyful heart is good medicine, but depression drains one's strength.

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