It may feel like there’s little to laugh about these days… But the fact is, seeking out joy and amusement is even more important when things seem grin. This key to emotional resilience is just one part of the ground we cover on this week’s The State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, as host Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush welcomes Rev. Susan Sparks, who says her mission is to change the world – one smile at a time.

“It’s all about just finding common ground, which is something we so desperately need. And humor helps us do that. Because if we laugh together, you and I share something right then – because we both understand the premise of the joke.” – Rev. Susan Sparks, preacher, lawyer, and stand-up comedian. Susan is Senior Pastor at Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City, and the best-selling author of books like Laugh Your Way to Grace and Miracle On 31st Street.

Also, Paul shares some personal thoughts for the holiday season.

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