Posts Tagged ‘Laughter

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Laughter

“Laugh, and the world laughs with you.” “Laughter is the best
medicine.” We accept these and other similar phrases without question;
but below the surface we discover that laughter is not necessarily about
mirth. Laughter is a versatile expression of a wide range of emotions.We
have the amazing capacity to laugh and be happy, if only for a moment,
even when our hearts are sorrowful. There are times when we have had
to restrain ourselves at funerals, as tributes referenced some hilarious
incident that occurred in the life of the recently departed. How we use
laughter says a lot about us. Someone who is usually kind can become
downright mean and nasty in an instant, using laughter as their weapon
to embarrass, mock or heap sarcasm and ridicule on some hapless
person. Curiously, we also use laughter to keep our own pain and
frustration at bay (“If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry!”), and to ease our distress
during difficult emotional moments.

You may find that much of your laughter comes, not from your
happiness, but as a way of keeping you from being sad. It’s good for you
to use it as an emotional stabilizer. If you have no laughter in your life,
you need to surround yourself with others who can share their gift of
laughter with you. If you are one of those with it bubbling up inside, be
grateful for a gift that’s capable of satisfying so many of your
emotional needs.

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