Laugh More

I remember reading some years ago that children laugh somewhere around 300 – 400 times a day.  In the same article it said that adults laugh as little as 15 times a day.  Wow, that is a huge difference.  To me it is sad statement that as we grow older we “lose” (or maybe we stifle) our ability to laugh.  Me, I love to laugh.  I don’t think that I am quite up to 300 laughs a day…but I get in about 100 a day.  I believe that laughter is beneficial and extremely healing.  I believe that it can be very therapeutic…not only for yourself, but those around you.

Dr. Richard Schulze said in an interview once that he encouraged his patients to learn 1,000 jokes as part of their healing process.  While you might think this to be a tedious and unneccesary task to learn so many jokes, why not instead think of the laughter his patients got from taking on the assignment.  While learning 1,000 jokes do you think their minds were focused on their illness or on laughter?  I’m guessing that they were focused on laughing. 

In his groundbreaking book, “Anatomy Of An Illness”, Norman Cousins describes how he started watching “The 3 Stooges” on a daily basis to “activate” his sense of humor and “regain” his laugh. 

There is power in laughter.  I encourage you to laugh more every day.  I encourage you to make those around you laugh whenever you can.

Yours In Health!

G.E. Moon II



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24 Responses to “Laugh More”

  1. I love Norman Cousins! Thanks for the article and for mentioning him.

    Cherie Miranda
    Meditation for Insomnia

  2. I’ve heard of Norman Cousins’ story but have yet to read his book. Thanks for the reminder!

    Pete Smith

  3. Laughter is definitely the best medicine! – the Genuinely Green website
    Is it an eco friendly product if it says “eco friendly” on the bottle?

  4. Hi Gary,

    Laughter is the best medicine and a wonderful way to cope with life and all of our trials and troubles.

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    April Braswell
    After 40 Dating Help Divorced Women, Keeping Your Married Last Name?

  5. Yes, he laughted his way out of cancer …

    Lyle R. Johnson

    Close Sales using Basics

  6. I have been told I laugh entirely too much! Ask me if I care?

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  7. Marc says:

    Simply Great info! Thank you!
    Looking forward to tomorrow!

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  8. Eva Palmer says:

    Hi Gary!
    I didn’t know there was such a big difference in laughing kids vs adults!
    I recommended one of my clients to watch some comedies…he confessed today that he doesn’t laugh enough!

    Hiposis y autohipnosis

  9. Kevin Hogan says:

    I laugh at even the most horrible jokes, for whatever reason. I also remember the old wives tale that every time you laugh, you get 5 minutes of life back. I’m good with that.

    Mark Hogan

  10. I agree and believe that the first requirement is that one be able to laugh at oneself.

    Lyle R. Johnson

    Sales Compliance from Simple Request

  11. Jc MacKenzie says:

    There is no feeling quite like-or as refreshing as- a really good deep long laugh. I had heard that statistic before, thanks for the reminder.
    Be Well.

  12. I laugh throughout the day and I believe that is one of the reasons I have such a good immune system. Anatomy Of An Illness is a great book. Thanks for recommending it.

    Yours In Health!

    Dr. Wendy

  13. Gary, I think that we all could do better by laughing more, I usually get in trouble for having too much fun…
    Scott Sylvan Bell
    Mirroring Body language
    Now go implement!

  14. Shane Aric says:

    Awesome post. there is a Laughing Yaoga Center near by… I have always thought about going but never have…. I think it is time!!!!

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  15. The laughter differences between adults and childred is too bad … we shall continue to laugh at life as long as we live.

    Lyle R. Johnson

    Sales Lost because of Interruptions

  16. Bryan says:

    I read that book because Biran Tracy said it was good, what a great book

    Sales Expert

  17. Sonya Lenzo says:

    This is why I love my cat…she makes me laugh at least a dozen a times a day!!!And children, too…what a blessing…
    Sonya Lenzo

  18. Dan says:

    Thanks – i need to laugh more everyday

  19. 300-400 a day!!….Your having a laugh surely!!!!!!!

  20. Marc says:

    Ha Ha Ha… laughing is the best medicine…..
    All the best

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  21. Sabrina says:

    Life is too short and complicated to be so serious all the time. Laughing is one of my favorite pasttimes.

    Sabrina Peterson, NASM CPT, CES
    Fat Loss and Fitness 101

  22. After laughing the best medicine would be to help others in more need.
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