You’ve got to laugh!

by Penny M

“A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, …” Proverbs 17:22 (Amplified Bible)

“Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it.” Henry Ward Beecher

Have you ever tried to stay cross or sad when fun tickles your endorphins into frenzy? A giggle can reduce blood pressure, hamper consequences of stress, heal a hurt, relax a relationship and generally make us feel better. Besides giving your belly a workout, a boost of mirth can pep your immune system. So, I’d say, ‘God knows what’s right for us.’

“If you have a sense of humour, you can get through anything.” Thus said my father, on one wise day. “You need to learn to laugh at yourself.” This adage weakened with maturity, both his and mine.

My friend and I teetered on the edge of hilarity during a recent visit to the Ice Rink. The show began before the show began when a gaggle of ‘old ducks’ deliberated at the bottom of a flight of rubberised steps without a railing for support. A performance ensued which might have rocked comedy junkies but had us frozen in our seats, guts bungee-jumping in horror as, one by one, the featherless birds assailed thrilling heights with walking sticks, balancing tricks and tickers without tickles. One wonders at the intent of the person who booked their perches so far above the ice; an ingenious attempt to reduce overcrowding perhaps. I think we could be forgiven for not rushing to their aid.

“Even if there is nothing to laugh about, laugh on credit.” Author Unknown

There are downsides to wit; jokes can flirt with cruelty and grief; derision and mockery sit on heaps of trembling lips and wet cheeks; broken hearts find no fun in the centre of attraction; childhood taunts bring cheer to none but the ghosts of fear in adult minds.

Just as you can talk at or talk to, you can laugh at or laugh with. Etiquette demands that you gauge your audience and your underwear before you chuckle in public.

I guess it all comes down to who foots the bill for your meds. As long as you can afford it, you’ve got to laugh!


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