There is a quote by Anne Lamott that I came across the other day. I just loved it and shared it on my Facebook. She says, "Laughter is carbonated holiness." I love that. Laughter has always seemed magical, mysterious, wholesome, wonderful, healing, freeing and now holy.
I went through a period of my life where I found that my laughing was getting pretty scarce. I even wondered what was happening to me. Have a lost my sense of humor? I've done a lot of laughing in my life. So, I began to pray and think about this. How could I lighten up? How could I be more open to seeing and experiencing the funny side of things? As I became more open and realized what a precious gift our sense of humor is, well I found myself laughing more.
I have to say that I love having one of those deep belly laughs where you hurt, you laugh so hard. This is something you can't fake or make happen and that is the beauty of it. What a treasure those times are. Then there is a laughing til you cry or laughing while you cry. Two very different experiences. Here are some quotes about laughter:
The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” Mark Twain quotes (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)
God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.”
~Voltaire quotes (French Philosopher and Writer. One of the greatest of all French authors, 1694-1778)
“Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.”
~Friedrich Nietzsche quotes (German classical Scholar, Philosopher and Critic of culture, 1844-1900.)
“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - myth is more potent than history - dreams are more powerful than facts - hope always triumphs over experience - laughter is the cure for grief - love is stronger than death.” ~Robert Fulghum quotes
“The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.”
~ Shirley MacLaine quotes (Outspoken American actress and dancer, b.1934)
"Laughter is the closest distance between two people.”
~Victor Borge quotes (Danish born American Comedian and Pianist, 1909-2000)
“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.” ~Yiddish Proverb quotes
"Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.” ~ Arnold H. Glasgow quotes
"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” ~ Mark Twain quotes (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)
“Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of your heart.”
~ Mort Walker
"Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.”
~ Alan Alda quotes (American actor, b.1936)
All of these quotes are from thinkexist.com
May we all continue to be open to seeing the lighter side of life and open to experiencing the healing powers of laughter. Peace, Jeanne
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