Saturday, June 18, 2011

Laughter

“With the fearful strain that is upon me night and day, if I did not laugh I would die.”
Abraham Lincoln

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”  e.e. cummings

“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” Woody Allen

Laughter is your birthright. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. A child laughs 400 times a day. An adult laughs about 15 times a day. What happened to the other 385 times? It is said that laughter is the best medicine, and research supports the old adage. It has been proven that laughter strengthens the immune system, boosts energy, diminishes pain, and protects against the damaging effects of stress.
Laughter is like a magnet. We’re drawn to the sound of it. If someone is laughing we want to know what made them laugh so we can laugh, too. I know of nothing else on earth that holds such a contagious character.
Laughter makes us happy. Shared laughter strengthens relationships. Laughter helps us cope with difficult situations and helps us keep an optimistic outlook on life. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh, or even a simple smile can ease our pain.
So smile. Chuckle. Laugh. Look for the humor in every situation. And remember, it is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down to your hips.
Vickie

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