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Laughter is NOT a Luxury July 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor, Mindfulness.
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Norman Cousins, diagnosed with a terminal illness, given 6 months to live, and a 1/500 chance of recovery, cured himself with LAUGHTER.

You heard me.

He saw how the worry, depression, and anger in his life had caused his dis-ease, and wondered, “If illness can be caused by negativity, can wellness be created by positivity?”

The answer, a resounding . . . YES!!!!

“I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep.”

Laughter is not a luxury, nor is it something to be pulled out only on special occasions.  Laughter is essential to our physical health and well-being.

Busting a gut is one of the best stress-busters out there.

Almost anything that makes us laugh and smile is a good thing!  Even really silly stuff . . . like Happy Hippos singing A Lion Sleeps Tonight:

Or Chicken Little shaking his “groove thang” while waiting for the sky to fall.

{{SPLAT}}

But, seriously (or not), whether laughter cures your dis-ease (or not) . . . you’ll be happier in the interim.  So Laugh Out Loud whenever you can.

What have you got to lose???

Aah . . . that’s better!

Further reading:

* You Can’t Afford The Luxury of a Negative Thought ~ By Peter McWilliams

The Healing Power of Laughter:  How the Marx Brothers brought Norman Cousins Back to Life:  Cousins goes on to mention many prominent thinkers throughout the ages who knew about the healing power of laughter, and this list includes Sir Frances Bacon, Immanuel Kant, Sigmund Freud, as well as the great Albert Schweitzer.

Quote:  No man is a failure who is enjoying life. ~ William Feather

Related post:  WP Daily Prompt ~ Luxury

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Comments»

1. Barbara Gunn - July 24, 2010

Thanks Nancy- I needed that today!! You are a life saver!

nrhatch - July 24, 2010

Cool!

Laughter is the best medicine in the world. : )

2. dianna - July 26, 2010

NANCY THIS IS SO GOOD. WHAT SWEET SHARE….I CAN’T EVEN TYPE AND IT’S ALL CHICKEN LITTLES FAULT. THANKYOU FOR THIS SHARE. LAUGHTER WHAT A SILLY, WONDERFUL HOW CAN YOU DESCRIBE IT FEELING……..I’M GOING BACK TO CHICKEN LITTLE NOW, JUST FOR A SEC.

nrhatch - July 26, 2010

I watched Chicken Little about 6 times before I could stop laughing and start posting.

Laugh Out Loud!!!

Thanks for stopping by, Dianna!

3. Agatha82 - August 6, 2010

That’s amazing. Good to know as well because sometimes I am way too frowny (is that a word?) hee hee

nrhatch - August 6, 2010

Frowny is a word if you need it to be. : )

The happier we are . . . the better off we’ll be.

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7. Charly Makray-Rice - September 9, 2013

Thanks for reminding me that even when I’m at my lowest I can move over to DramaFever and watch any episode of Running Man and laugh until I fall out of my chair. Yes it’s in Korean with subtitles, but that doesn’t lessen the slapstick, pranks, and plain silliness of adults given childish games to play.

nrhatch - September 9, 2013

Finding the humor that works for us goes a long way. Sounds like the slapstick, pranks, and plain silliness speaks a “universal language.”

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