Friday, December 20, 2013

Laugh Like a Four-Year Old

I just read that the average 4-year old laughs about 300 times a day. Let's assume that 4-year old awakens at 6:00 am, and has a flexible bedtime of, say, 10:00 pm. That means that child is awake for 14 hours, a very long day for the average 4-year old. Math was never my best subject, but if I calculated it correctly, the average 4-year old laughs about every 3 minutes (no wonder they find it so difficult to focus!).

WOW! How many of us can say that we laugh every 3 minutes? Unless you have Tourette's Syndrome (and I'm not laughing at that) or some nervous habit of laughing, chances are you are like most adults, who, according to this same statistic, laugh about 20 times a day. Remember, that's the average adult, not the sad, lonely, depressed, stressed-out, otherwise distracted adult. I wonder if it's because a four-year-old doesn't have the same insecurities, hang-ups or need to be composed as an adult. Or maybe it's because they don't have the life experiences we've had that have robbed our ability to laugh.

Many of us don't have a lot to laugh about. Some people have very stressful, difficult lives, with tense situations. We all know people who are fighting for their lives, battling cancer or other ills. Laughing doesn't happen a lot. Others of us have just become too serious. Sometimes we need to look for opportunities to laugh.

The bible says that a joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Prov 17:22). Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy (Psalm 126:2). He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting (Job 8:21).

Christmastime often causes us to become stressed out with so much to do. And I've heard from several people lately that they are sad, lonely, or even depressed right now. They feel guilty because it's "supposed to be" such a wonderful time of year, a joyful time, and they feel anything but.

Let's lighten up and laugh. If your life is too busy right now, let something go. Look for opportunities to laugh. Create opportunities to laugh. If you need help, go find a four-year-old! Laughter is, indeed, good medicine.

“I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.” 
― Maya Angelou
“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning to do afterward.” 
― Kurt Vonnegut
“If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane.” 
― Robert Frost
“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.” 
― Veronica RothDivergent
“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.” 
― Audrey Hepburn
“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” 
― Mark Twain
“Laughter is carbonated holiness.” 
― Anne Lamott
“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” 
― George Gordon Byron
“You have as much laughter as you have faith.” 
― Martin Luther
“Laughter is poison to fear.” 
― George R.R. MartinA Game of Thrones
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” 
― Victor Borge
“It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Blessings Along the Path,
Mary

Video of the Day:
I Love Lucy-Top Ten Episodes (Under 30 min)
(The one with the nose catching on fire---that was actually an accident!...and my favorite didn't make it in--the Cheese episode)

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