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Wednesday, 12 April 2017


My son is a big Bee Gees fan and today's letter reminds me of "I started a joke, which started the whole world crying..." His friend gave him a hoodie for Christmas that reads "I started a joke, which started the whole world laughing..." I'm not sure she realized she monkeyed up the ending or if it was deliberate, but that's more like it!

Laughter is huge. It might even be said that the family that laughs together stays together. Certainly it's a lot more pleasant to be around people who laugh than people who complain and whine and grump. Even when people are going through hard times, they can still (usually) find something to laugh about or respond to a joke with a laugh. At funeral visitations or receptions, you often hear laughter as people share humorous stories about the deceased. Laughter can be very healing. It takes fewer facial muscles to smile than to cry or frown.

Laugh with your young adult often. Build happy memories. It will go a long way in encouraging them to connect, even after they've left home, as they remember you (and their times with you) fondly.

A few pertinent quotes on the subject. No doubt you've heard one or two of them before:
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. Kurt Vonnegut
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge
When people are laughing, they're generally not killing each other. Alan Alda 
Hmm. There are some world leaders and organized groups that could learn a lot if they'd only listen. 
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  1. "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." Loved this quote.
    I also believe laughter is the best medicine.

    1. There are some humorous quotes about laughter being the best medicine as well (for example, "whoever said laughter is the best medicine never had gonorrhea" - Kat Likkel). But I agree - laughter has the power to heal. Thanks for chiming in Preethi.

  2. How nice it is to feel relaxed around someone and to know you can laugh & joke with them. You pulled out some great quotes!
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  3. Entirely agree with 'the family that laughs together stays together.' Great quotes!


  4. We are a family that can make a joke out of anything!! It is good for us when in reality life sucks! You know what I mean?


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