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 helpguide.org 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: