One thing I often do at the end of my day is cruise around the internet finding funny things to post on Facebook. I started doing it because the things I found made me laugh and I wanted to share them. I started getting comments from people about how much they liked what I was doing and that made me stop and think.
I’ve always loved to make people laugh, in person. And here I was, doing it in cyberspace, too. Why do I like to do that? Because I think laughing is good for you. I feel so much better if I’ve laughed a lot that day. Or even a little. A day without laughter is gloomy.
Norman Cousin agreed with me. When he was ill with a mysterious ailment that he’d picked up in Russia, no one could do anything for him medically. He was given six months to live. So he decided to cure himself. A big part of his cure was watching movies of the funniest comics he knew. And it worked! His mysterious debilitating disease vanished and he lived sixteen more years. He wrote a book about it, Anatomy of an Illness, that I can highly recommend. Proof that laughter can cure you!
In 2011 a study proved that laughter releases endorphins and that social laughter is even better.*
Here are some quotes I love.
“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”
“If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane.”
“The earth laughs in flowers.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Even if you’re laughing so you don’t cry, keep laughing!
There are more like this at https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/laughter
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