Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Best Medicine

I admit it. I'm a fan of the lesser-known holidays. (But you already figured that out, I'm sure.) We celebrate it all around here. From National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day and National Taco Day, to Banned Books Week and World Smile Day. And even our own made up excuses to celebrate.

So today's International Moment of Laughter Day might not have changed our routine that much (because around here, we find every chance we can to laugh already.) But I still had to acknowledge it, because having something called International Moment of Laughter Day is just cool.

And laughter is always good. And it will very nearly always make you feel better when you are down, as I witnessed just today. (I was having one of those "bad pain days" that sometimes happens when you live with chronic pain. But it turns out that a tickle fight - and my daughter's contagious laughter - was just what I needed to perk me up a bit.)

You already know that "laughter is the best medicine." But if you don't want to just take an old cliche's word for it, there's plenty of research to back it up.

Try this article from about the physical, mental, and social benefits of humor and laughter. Or this article from Psychology Today. Or this article from CNN.

Or you can skip the reading and just go find something to make you laugh. Watch your favorite funny movie. Visit your favorite humor web site. Get into a tickle fight. Whatever you do, take a moment and laugh. I just bet you'll find that it makes you feel better.

And because almost nothing is better than hearing babies laugh, I leave you with this:


  1. I'm still a baby at heart. ;p I laugh at the silliest things every day. Once I laughed for two hours straight at a commercial that kept repeating "Don Darr discounts."

    People look at me like I'm the world's biggest kook when I laugh at weird things like that, but oh well. ;p At least it keeps me sane.

    Happy International Moment of Laughter Day!

    1. I think laughing at the little silly things is the best way to go through life. Don't ever stop! :)

  2. I enjoyed your flow, and the lightness of your enjoying laughter and the name of the day.