The most wasted of all days
is one without laughter.
I’ve just finished Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, and while I’m sure there are MANY things I’m going to come back to from that book, there was one sentence that jumped out at me and screamed for immediate attention.
A small child typically laughs more than four hundred times each day, and an adult- seventeen times. I wondered if I hit even that number most days.
Ok, that’s two sentences, so sue me. Anyway, it’s TRUE. I don’t laugh enough. My husband really doesn’t laugh enough. How many times have you laughed today? When was the last time that you laughed so hard that you cried, that your face and abs hurt the next day from all that laughing?
Meanwhile, looking through my photographs, I can see that my kids’ natural inclination is to be silly, to laugh, to try to make me, behind the camera, laugh. God help me, how many times have I been in a hurry, and the kids have done something to make each other laugh, and I’ve told them now is not the time? Or “that’s not funny?” Or “how about a NICE smile for the camera?”
Guess how many pictures I have of myself laughing, or even really smiling? None.
Do me a favor: laugh today. Let your kids tell you a stupid joke, and laugh like it’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard. Do a silly dance and laugh at yourself. Take a picture of your funniest face and upload it to Facebook- share the laughter. I couldn’t be more serious about this– in a lighthearted way, of course.
Laugh, love, live. We know we should, why don’t we do it more?
To send you on your merry way, two things Cass said recently that made me stop whatever “important” thing I was doing to laugh.
First, I was arguing with Jake about something, and he had an excuse, and I said that “wasn’t relevant.” Cass giggled to herself and I asked her why: “Relephant. A rat and an elephant.” Mind, I say relevant a LOT, so ten times a day Cass is sitting there wondering why I’m always talking about rat elephants.
Second, remember that stupid knock-knock joke where banana is repeatedly at the door, and then the punchline is “Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?” Cass recently told a version where she fell all over herself delivering “Flamingo you glad I didn’t say monkey?” This phrase all by itself make me laugh as I type it.
And now, the quote gallery, because I just had to.
Laughter is an orgasm triggered by the intercourse of sense and nonsense.
The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.
At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.
I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth.”
A man isn’t poor if he can still laugh.
No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.
A smile starts on the lips,
A grin spreads to the eyes,
A chuckle comes from the belly;
But a good laugh bursts forth from the soul,
Overflows, and bubbles all around.
Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of your heart.
It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.
I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.
~Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that.
If I have caused just one person to wipe away a tear of laughter, that’s my reward.
You don’t stop laughing because you grow old.
You grow old because you stop laughing.
Do you laugh enough? Did any of these quotes speak to you? What’s the funniest thing you’ve heard lately?
**Gretchen Rubin link is an affiliate link, which means if you buy it I get a few cents. I am telling you this to keep the FTC happy. Your local library probably has it for free (unless you go to my library, in which case I still have it, five days overdue, sorry!). It’s a great, easy, thought-provoking read. You should check it out.**