Laughter IS the Best Medicine

If you know me, you know I grew up in an era devoid of online anything – for many of us computers only came into view when we got close to our 30’s.  Magazines, newspapers and books!  If we wanted information on something we went to the library to read about it, or subscribed to written publication and waited for it to come to us.  Of course, now we live in a much more instantly gratification focused society where people are impatient to wait or invest the time required to get to a desired result – if we can’t get it at the pace of Google then we are frustrated.

Recently, a friend sent me an email forward.  Right, I can hear you thinking it already but no, this is not one of your mom’s forwards that you quickly dispel with a quick trip to Snopes as the latest hoax they are worried about.

The email contained a video from Mac Anderson, founder of Simple Truths.  You may know him better as the guy who markets those Successories inspirational pictures with the quotes at the bottom found in the offices of many sales professionals!  Well, the video inspired me that day and I signed up for his newsletter.  He sent an email this week that took me back – way back to when I would visit my grandmother up on the farm.

My dad’s mom, in addition to raising three kids and helping to support the farm, was also a teacher and what I would call a voracious reader – shelves of books were everywhere and in addition to the books there were magazines – Reader’s Digest magazines to be specific. I think she had a lifetime subscription because there were hundreds of them – piled up in various areas of the house.  I read at an early age, probably due to the fact that both of my parents were teachers and read to me early on, and I probably read every one of the Reader’s Digest magazines at grandma’s house.

What an education.  I remember “The Funny Side of Military Life”, “Real Life Miracles”, “Life in These United States”, and especially “Laughter, The Best Medicine”.

The Simple Truths email that came this week was about laughter.  Mac wrote that a few years ago a health study determined there are 3 main reasons people can’t cope in life: they live in the past, they have a low self-esteem, or they can’t laugh at themselves.  He went on to say the study indicated that we need approximately 12 laughs a day to stay healthy!

In the email he tells the story about a guy who sent flowers to his friend who was opening a new restaurant. When the friend arrived at the grand opening, he looked for his flowers and when he found them he saw a white wreath had been sent that said, “May you rest in peace.” The friend called the florist who told him, “I’m not as worried about you because as we speak, there’s a guy being buried who got a dozen roses that says, “Good luck in your new location!”   Yeah – I laughed too.

The bottom line here is that laughter can be a great source of energy, stress relief, or just plain enjoyment.  Here is my wish for you as you read this: that you live in the present and for the future, that you are comfortable in your own skin and self-esteem, and most of all that you find laughter is the best medicine available without a prescription!

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