January 24    

Today's quotation:

Always laugh when you can; it is cheap medicine.  Merriment is a philosophy not well understood.  It is the sunny side of existence.

George Gordon Noel Byron

Today's Meditation:

From my personal experience, laughter always makes me feel good.  I do all that I can to find and do things that promote laughter, from reading Calvin and Hobbes to watching cartoons and comedies as often as I can.  I find that when I'm laughing, it's very difficult to focus on negative things, and it's almost impossible to feel down in the dumps.

I fully believe that laughter is medicine, not just against emotional ailments, but against physical ones, too.  There's a strong and necessary connection between our minds and our bodies, and we very often discount the positive effects that our mental state can have on our physical being.  If we're hungry or sick or exhausted, our physical state definitely affects our emotional state, so why is it that we're so willing to discount the reverse as a possibility?

But even apart from the potential medical benefits, laughter just feels good, as long as it's not laughter at someone else's mistakes or misfortune.  Laughter should never come at another person's expense--if that's what causes it, then it's a negative thing, something that we know we can't be proud of and that definitely cannot help us in any way.

But it's a good feeling to get a good laugh at something that's truly funny, and that type of feeling is one of the things that makes life so enjoyable.  It's especially powerful when we share it with others, when we share that wonderful feeling of enjoyment with our fellow human beings.

Sometimes we have to search out things that make us laugh, for there are so many things in our world that make us feel that laughter is far away and foreign.  I keep quite a few books around of things that make me laugh, and several television shows and movies that keep us smiling.  It's a great antidote to the often gloomy news that the world keeps bringing us, and keeping ourselves in high spirits is a good plan for making our lives more livable and enjoyable.

Questions to consider:

How often do you laugh, just for the sake of laughing?

Why is it so easy for us to forget or neglect to laugh?  What kind of effect does this have on us?

What kinds of things make you laugh?  How often do you search out those things on purpose?

For further thought:

The greatest prayer you could ever pray would be to laugh every day.  For when you do, it elevates the vibratory frequency within your being such that you could heal your entire body.


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