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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