Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2007

Laugh, it’s good for you

May 31, 2007

When I first started writing this column more than two years ago the subjects came easy, so I would get one finished a good week or two in advance. Now it seems I am hitting the deadline with no idea what I am going to write about.

I started laughing about this, so I thought I would just write about laughter since it is such an important part of our lives.

Did you know that laughter helps to remove stress by causing the release of natural painkillers in the body? Parents and teachers use humor to help children in the learning process. Learning becomes fun and helps us to remember and helps our creative mind as well.

How many times have we had to laugh about something we misplaced or lost. We have to laugh at ourselves for all the dumb things we do.

It is not good to laugh at others, but laugh with them.

Laughter is contagious. How many times have we started laughing just by hearing someone else laugh?

Laughter is the best medicine; it improves our physical health and well-being. Our minds can easily retain information when we associate it with something really funny.

Smiles are every bit as important. We notice more and more when walking down a busy street if you smile at a perfect stranger, you always get a smile back. It's free and makes you feel good.

There are so many quotes about laughter. William Makepeace Thackeray wrote, "A good laugh is sunshine in a house".

Ellen Wheeler Wilcox wrote, "Laugh and the World Laughs with you, Weep and you Weep alone; For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own".

"Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand," Mark Twain wrote this.

This coming Sunday, Ada and I will be married 57 years, saved mostly by a sense of humor and having fun.

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