Mirth is God's medicine.
Henry Ward Beecher
I have a new philosophy. I'm going to dread only one day at a time.
Humour is tragedy plus time.
Sometimes you just need to look reality in the eye, and deny it.
Hope for miracles, but don't rely on one.
If you want others to be happy, practise compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Humour is chaos, remembered in tranquillity.
When one door closes, another always opens - but these long hallways are a real drag.
Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone. Laugh alone and they lock you up!
Just because you're miserable, doesn't mean you can't enjoy life.
Annettte Goodheart, PhD
I think paranoid people are following me.
There are two things that everyone must face sooner or later: a camera and reality. A smile is a big help in both instances.
Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent.
Laughter is a powerful tool in a powerless situation.
The good news is that nothing icky lasts forever.
Genuine humour is always kindly and gracious. It points out the weakness of humanity, but shows no contempt and leaves no sting.
Some days you're the bug, some days you're the windshield.
A nurse should be kind, speak gently, love much and laugh often.
Laughter is a melody,
a concert from the heart,
a tickling by the angels,
creative living art.
Laughter heals and comforts,
sometimes gentle sometimes bold.
Laughter is a freeing dance,
performed within the soul.
Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.
Don't sweat the small stuff. It's all small stuff.
It's been lovely but I have to scream now.
We helpers deserve to nurture ourselves as well as those we care for. Some caregivers think that to sacrifice and suffer is spiritual. I believe this might be called "spiritual anorexia".
Caryn Summers, nurse
Give yourself permission to take an intermission.
Humour does not diminish pain - it makes the space around it get bigger.
Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I've had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, (don't) forget to laugh.
Comedy is the main weapon we have against "The Horror". With it we can strike a blow at death itself. Or, at least, poke a hole in the pretentious notion that there is something dignified about it.
John Callahan, cartoonist and quadriplegic
Your ability to laugh and be silly can help you thrive in adversity by accessing joy in absurdity.
On his deathbed, Oscar Wilde looked around the room and said "This wallpaper is terrible. One of us has to go."
If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance.
A person without a sense of humour is like a wagon without springs - jolted by every pebble on the road.
Henry Ward Beecher
I got to be a little bit crazy, 'coz it keeps me from going insane.
C & W song
A sense of humour can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the unbearable.
He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh.
Peace starts with a smile.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning of a friendship, and it is by far a the best ending for one.
The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
Some pursue happiness - others create it.
I live in another dimension, but I have a summer home in reality.
Humour is a prelude to faith, and laughter is the beginning of prayer.
Our attitude is the crayons that colour our world.
The way to maximise your creativity is to cultivate as much inner joy as possible and give yourself all the permission you need to enjoy yourself fully.
Harold Bloomfield, MD
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw
Beginning with the early dawn each day, I will radiate joy to everyone I meet. I will be mental sunshine for all who cross my path. I will burn candles of smiles in the bosoms of the joyless. Before the unfading light of my cheer, darkness will take flight.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
The creator made man able to do everything - talk, run, look and hear. He was not satisfied, though, until man could do just one thing more - and that was: LAUGH.
And so man laughed and laughed. And the creator said, "Now you are fit to live."
Warnings of terminal seriousness:
* Persistent soreness about almost everything.
* Frequent sudden changes of molehills into mountains
* Difficulty swallowing humour
* Emotional constipation
Paul E. McGhee, PhD
To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children... to leave the world a bit better... to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is natures best antidote to trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.
Humour can be a way to move from "grim and bear it" to "grin and share it".
If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.
Pointing out the comic elements of a situation can bring a sense of proportion and perspective to what might seem an overwhelming problem.
Harvey Mindess, PhD
When a bit of sunshine hits ye,
After the passing of a cloud,
When a fit of laughter gets ye,
And Ye'r spine is feeling proud,
Don't forget to up and fling it,
At a soul that's feeling blue,
For the minit that ye sling it,
It's a boomerang to you.
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.
I live by this credo: Have a little laugh a life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough.
An ability to laugh, the courage to smile, a propensity for optimism and a playful disposition are healthy frames of mind that accelerate healing and recovery from illness.
Then I commanded mirth because a man hath no better thing under the sun then to eat, drink and be merry.
No matter how grouchy you're feeling,
You'll find the smile more or less healing,
It grows in a wreath
Around the front teeth,
Thus preserving the face from congealing.
There are no language barriers when you are smiling.
Humour is contagious. Laughter is infectious. Both are good for your health.
William Fry, MD
I think the 11th commandment should have been:
Laugh and be merry.
Do not take thyself too seriously.
For he who laughs, lasts.
Vera Robinson, nurse
Laughing together can be a time of intimacy and communion, a time when we come forward, fully present and touch each other's humanness and vulnerability. By joining in humour and acknowledging our oneness, we can have a profound experience of unity and co-operation. That in itself maybe one of the most profound expressions of healing energy of which we are capable.
Barry Sultanhoff, MD
Your ulcers can't grow while you're laughing.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
The head thinks, the hands labour, but it is the heart that laughs.
Compassion for ourselves gives rise to the power to transform resentment into forgiveness, hatred into friendliness, fear into respect for all beings. It allows us to extend warmth, sensitivity, and openness to the sorrows around us in a truthful and genuine way. The power of the compassionate heart, of genuine compassion, to transform the pain we encounter is extraordinary.
There ain't any answer. There ain't going to be any answer. There never has been an answer... that is the answer.
New clinical studies have shown there aren't any answers.
We must learn to accept life and to accept ourselves, not blindly and not with conceit, but with a shrug and a smile. To accept in the end existence, not because it's just or reasonable or even satisfactory, but simply and plainly because it's all we've got.
Life itself cannot give you joy
Unless you really will it.
Life just gives you time and space,
It's up to you to fill it.
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.
There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humour and hurt. And how do you laughter if there is no pain to compare it with?
A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
We don't laugh laugh because we are happy - we are happy because we laugh.
Joking about death - or anything else that oppresses us - makes it less frightening.
Playfulness is a kind of mood or attitude that you bring to your daily life. Its a predisposition to be spontaneous, and have fun at whatever you're doing. You are better able to "be here now". A playful attitude infuses you with a sense of joy and positive emotions. It creates a frame of mind in which you naturally and automatically find more funny things going on around you. I am convinced that cultivating your sense of playfulness is the key to learning to lighten up in the midst of stress.
Paul McGhee, MD
Beyond jokes and even words, the laughing spirit is the essence of natural mirth that connects all human hearts in an unspoken universal language of gentle delight. Humour of the laughing spirit includes all human beings, is never at the expense of an individual or group, and does not depend on cleverness or wit to be understood.
We can see the laughing spirit in the eyes of each person when we say "hello", and we make the heart connection instantly. The pleasant release of tension, the relief that causes us to smile or chuckle when we feel the presence of the laughing spirit, comes from the sudden realisation that we are not separate from each other at all.
I realise that humour isn't for everyone. It's only for people who want to have fun, enjoy life, and feel alive.
Anne Wilson Schaef
Its very inconvenient being mortal - you never know when everything might stop happening.
(I find a lot of presumptions there).
One of the best things people can have up their sleeve is a funny bone!
Richard L. Weaver II
Perhaps it is more important to know what kind of patient has the disease, than to know what kind of disease the patient has.
William Osler, MD
Humour can be found in Zen, in the Native American cultures, In the Jewish and Hindu traditions ... and in many others. In all of them, masters, holy fools, and sages are cherished as inexhaustible sources of sanity, healing, and wholeness. Their laughter, in the words of Yuan-Wo, is "like a cool, refreshing breeze passing through the source of all things".
From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.
Give yourself to love if love is what you are after. Open up your heart to the tears and laughter and give yourself to love.
A path with heart will include our unique gifts and creativity. The outer expression of our heart may be to write books, to build buildings, to create ways for people to serve on another. It may be to teach or to garden, to serve food or play music. Whatever we choose, the creation of our life must be grounded in our hearts.
My life is but a weaving between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colours, He weaveth steadily.
Sometimes he weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride,
Forget he see the upper and I the underside.
Not 'til the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why
The dark threads are as needful in the weaver's skillful hands,
As the ones of gold and silver in the path that He has planned.
You can turn painful situations through laughter. If you can find humour in anything - even poverty - you can survive it.
To survive we need some dollars, but to really live we need some common sense:
Sense of humour, sense of purpose, sense of presence, sense of self and sense of joy.
Sandy Ritz, nurse
Humour is the great thing, the saving thing, after all the minute it crops up all our hardness's yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
Stress management techniques:
*Write a memo congratulating yourself for being so wonderful
*Answer a highly technical question in your best Donald Duck voice
*Take an eight hour lunch break
*For a quiet evening, play a blank cassette at full volume
*Pretend that you are someone else
*Eat gelatin with chopsticks
*Pretend that you are still in control
*Ring somebodies doorbell and run away.
Donna Strickland, nurse
Play is essential for health. In this sense, play is defined as any activity which tends to produce the emotions of joy or the experience we call having fun. So each person must define play for himself. Our energy and our will to live are increased by play. Play improves the quality of life and makes it richer. It lifts us out of despair and increases our wish to live. It increase the energy needed to mobilise the will to live as well.
O. Carl Simonton, MD
Hope: Tomorrow's veneer over today's disappointment.
To tragedy belongs guilt and judgement; to comedy love and grace.
I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.
When people are smiling they are most receptive to almost anything you want to teach them.
Humour is a rich and versatile source of power - a spiritual resource very like prayer.
Marilyn R. Chandler
Any day above ground is a good day.
For what, after all, is the laughter a good clown brings us but the giddiness that comes from suddenly seeing, as if from a cosmic viewpoint, the absurdity of what the mighty are up to?
For that moment, we taste the sanity in divine madness, and become, for as long as the joke lasts, fools of God.
The more one suffers, the more, I believe, one has a sense of the comic. It is only by the deepest suffering that one acquires the authority in the art of the comic.
By being frequently in the company of children, we may learn to recapture the will to laugh and the laughing at will.
(or simply allowing yourself to be young)
Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
Everything can be taken from a man except one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given situation, even if only for a few seconds.
The witch doctor succeeds for the same reason all the rest of us succeed. Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not knowing that truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work.
Albert Schweitzer, MD
There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.
Orion Swett Marden
Life is tragedy when seen close-up, but comedy in long shot.
We are all here for a spell. Get all the good laughs while you can.
Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and softly sits on your shoulder.
Something special happens when people laugh together over something genuinely funny, and not hurtful to anyone, It's like a magic rain that showers down feelings of safety and belonging to a group.
Mary Jane Belfie
I believe play is the beginning of creativity. I believe that laughter is the only cure for grief and fear. I believe that humour is the bond that can unite us all.
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new Heaven to the human spirit.
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to someone is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dispair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
Anon (didn't risk putting their name to it!)
In spite of the cost of living it is still popular.
If we consider the frequent relief's we receive from laughter, and how often it breaks the gloom which is apt to depress the mind, one would take care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure in life.
Inspired by "Heart Humour and Healing" edited by Patty Wooten.