Lots of things have been said about laughter and I bet you all these people can’t possibly be all wrong nor mistaken.
So, learn to laugh. Learn to share your laugh. Laughter is not the best medicine, it’s life and what’s more, it’s free.
I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh. ~Maya Angelou
At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. ~Jean Houston
Even if there is nothing to laugh about, laugh on credit. ~Author Unknown
Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. ~Henry Ward Beecher
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour. ~Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Laughter is an instant vacation. ~Milton Berle
What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh! ~Agnes Repplier
So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. ~Gordon W. Allport
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~Victor Borge
What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. ~Yiddish Proverb
When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing each other. ~Alan Alda
I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. ~Woody Allen
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. ~Kurt Vonnegut
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~Irish Proverb
Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. ~Bob Newhart
A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash. ~Puzant Kevork Thomajan
There can never be enough said of the virtues, dangers, the power of a shared laugh. ~Françoise Sagan
I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth.” ~Quincy Jones
Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks. ~Henri Bergson
Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails. What puts man in a higher state of evolution is that he has got his laugh on the right end. ~Max Eastman
A man isn’t poor if he can still laugh. ~Raymond Hitchcock
Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything. ~Kurt Vonnegut
Remember, men need laughter sometimes more than food. ~Anna Fellows Johnston
No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad. ~Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, Book I, chapter 4
You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. ~Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. ~Abraham Lincoln
A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically. It manipulates and revitalizes corners and unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods. ~Author unknown, from an editorial in New York Tribune, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren
Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing. ~Ken Kesey
Seven days without laughter makes one weak. ~Mort Walker
A laugh is a smile that bursts. ~Mary H. Waldrip
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ~Victor Hugo
Laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life. ~Hugh Sidey
Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place. ~Josh Billings
Carry laughter with you wherever you go. ~Hugh Sidey
Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. ~Arnold Glasow
Laughter is an orgasm triggered by the intercourse of sense and nonsense. ~Author Unknown
We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations, give or take a dentist. ~Joseph Heller
Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. ~Friedrich Nietzsche.
Approach life in a more mirthful way and you’ll find that you’re not only less stressed about negative events, you’ll also achieve the health benefits of laughter.
Laughter is good for your health.
Laughter relaxes the whole body.
Laughter boosts the immune system.
Laughter protects the heart.
A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Laughter connects us with others. Also, laughter is contagious, so if you bring more laughter into your life, you will definitely spread the cheer and most likely help others around you to laugh more, and realize these benefits as well. By elevating the mood of those around you, you can reduce their stress levels, and perhaps improve the quality of social interaction you experience with them, reducing your stress level even more!
Instead of complaining about life’s frustrations, try to laugh about them. If something is so frustrating or depressing it’s ridiculous, realize that there will come a time when you could look back on it and laugh.
And as my Mum always said, “a cheerful disposition