There are some cool articles in Mental Floss (March/April 2012) on laughter and in Harvard Business Review (January 2012) on happiness–hopefully an auspicious sign for us all.
Some things to think about with laughter:
– “Babies laugh 300 times a day, while adults laugh only 20 times.” — Maybe we all need to be a little more babyish?
– Laughter is “used as a social lubricant; we use it to bond with others.” — This reminds me of something my father always said: “when you are with those you love, the joy is twice the joy and the sorrow half the sorrow.” In essence then, people help us deal with our emotions and our emotions help us deal with people–we all need one another.
– Laughter is contagious, truly. “Hearing laughter activates the brains premotor cortex. preparing the facial muscles to smile and laugh in kind.” — What a blessing to laugh and help others laugh as well.
A brief history of happiness:
1776 — U.S. Declaration of Independence declares right to the “pursuit of happiness.”
1926 — “Happy Birthday” song composed.
1963 — Invention of smiley face. 🙂
1977 — Introduction of McDonald’s “Happy Meal”.
So it’s only March 14 (National Pi Day 3.14)–and it already warm outside, the beautiful cherry blossoms are in bloom, and there is plenty to feel happy about, laugh at, and be grateful for in this world.