I decided to use two quotes that both came from the Jack’s Winning Words blog, although they were posted some time apart.
“I love people who can make me laugh when I don’t even want to smile.” (Unknown)
“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” (William Makepeace Thackery)
I believe that laughter really is one of life’s miracle drugs – an elixir that work wonders in almost any circumstances. Victor Hugo said – “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”
These days we need laughter more than ever, and mot the nervous chuckles that may come from hearing what the latest stupid batch of Tweets that came, based upon “alternative facts”.
Real laughter involves the temporary setting aside of our fears or our grief, the momentary loss of our anger or resentment and the letting go of our reserve and inhibitions. It is a surrender to happiness and a release of joy (perhaps that is the sunshine in the house that Thackery spoke about).
I’m sure that there are scientific explanations about the endorphins that are released in the body by laughter; but those fail to take into account the release of the icy grip of hate, anger, remorse, fear or sadness from our hearts during those moments of laughter.
My wife and I often say, during times of travail, that we’ll look back on the event someday and laugh. Sometimes that even helps while the event is still taking place or fresh in our minds. It’s usually not hard to find something to laugh at when we do look back, either how we got ourselves into that situation or how we reacted to it. There is almost always humor to be found in human stupidity or humans’ reaction to the absurdity that occurs in everyday life. It is, after all, the stuff of which TV’s reality shows are made.
Milton Berle once said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.” So allow yourself the release of laughter and take a vacation from the worries of your life.
Have a wonderful and laughter-filled day.
Laughter really is the best medicine.