“Laughter is a gift.” –Jodi Meyers
Think about it, as adults, on average, we laugh approximately twenty times a day and a baby laughs approximately three hundred times a day! Are we so busy trying to get through all of life’s challenges that we forget to take the time to find laughter in the fun moments that surround us?
Is laughter something we take for granted?
Seriously, what would life be like if tomorrow, you suddenly find the ability to laugh, especially at funny situations or jokes, vanished into thin air…totally, gone?
First, you would be quickly classified an agelastic human being, one who rarely laughs, especially at jokes, a simply mirthless person!
Hmmn, what?? Did they have a reality show back in Mr. Newton’s time, stalking him to see if he would bellow out a laugh or two? I guess we just have to believe Mr. Newton was not the laughing type of man.
I would say after briefly reading about Mr. Stalin and his early violent upbringing, it is no wonder Stalin grew into an agelast, ruthless dictator. (Minor note: I often fell asleep during history class so please pardon my rudimentary take on historical events/figures. Sorry.)
Enough on agelastic historical figures, the question is, do we want to bring abundant laughter into our lives to see the positive benefits laughter creates in our daily lives?
Of course we do! Ha ha! We all want increased oxygen in the blood…stress hormones reduced…stronger immune system and relief from some physical pain and, by golly, laughter can deliver all of that.
“The human race,” according to Mark Twain, “has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”
So, do not take your laughter for granted; activate your mind to find all the joys that surround your day and like coffee breaks, include abundant laugh breaks as well.
“The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.” —Johann Wolfgang Goethe
What insights on laughter come to your mind lately?
Ha ha ha ha ha… 🙂
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