October 31      

Today's quotation:

Wholehearted, ready laughter heals, encourages, relaxes anyone within hearing distance.  The laughter that springs from love makes wide the space around it-- gives room for the loved one to enter in.  Real laughter welcomes, and never shuts out.

Eugenia Price

Today's Meditation:

I love laughter.  It's gotten me through some very difficult times, and it has always helped me out even during good times.  Whenever I've been in stressful situations, I've looked for funny books or television shows so that I can make sure that I'm laughing every day because I know how important it is to me and to my health-- both mentally and physically.  And I love how Eugenia has said that "real laughter welcomes," for I know that real laughter doesn't come from making fun of or mocking others, but from true enjoyment and love.

Laughter is truly a balm, something that affects us physically and emotionally.  When we're laughing, the world doesn't seem so ominous, and we're reminded not to take ourselves so incredibly seriously.  I can't imagine a life without laughter because I can't imagine taking this roller coaster of a life so seriously that I can't find anything to laugh at.  The truth is that there are tons of things to laugh at all the time, and that includes myself.  Heck, especially myself.

I have funny books, funny movies, funny television shows, and funny pictures.  I love reading comic strips before I fall asleep because they're light and easy to read, and I fall asleep having just laughed at something funny-- Calvin and Hobbes is a favorite.  The point is that I make a conscious effort to fill my life with things that make me smile or laugh because I know the wonderful effects that both smiling and laughing have on me, and I want to do all that I can to keep those effects alive and well in my life.

It's important to keep ourselves laughing, and important to make sure that we're not laughing at other people's expense.  There are plenty of legitimate things to laugh at without using other people to fill our needs-- that kind of laughter isn't healthy, anyway.  Keep looking for things that make you smile or make you laugh out loud, and when you find them, keep them on hand-- they're a treasure that you'll cherish forever!

Questions to consider:

What kinds of things make you laugh the most?  How much do you keep those things in your life?

What can you do today to make sure that you do some laughing before you go to sleep?

How can you share the gift of laughter with others?

For further thought:

Laughter can be more satisfying than honor; more precious than money; more heart cleansing than prayer.

Harriet Rochlin

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