“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old…
You grow old because you stop laughing.” Unknown
My friend, Susan Scott, living in Johannesburg, South Africa challenged me to a Three Day Quote Challenge. http://www.gardenofedenblog.com/day-one-of-3-day-quote-challenge/ Susan knows that I’m addicted to quotations as I own several books on quotations that I keep near my desk. Quotations for me add enjoyment, laughter, and some quality thinking time to my life. So Thank You Susan for thinking of me.
Now, generally speaking I try to add humor to my blog often in the way of a quote or a funny picture, thanks to the internet. Since humor and laughter is critical in my life, I thought I would start with some thoughts about laughter. Because as Ella Wheeler Wilcox so wisely stated “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone; For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.”
Susan started her quotes regarding happiness and depression, for me that immediately brought to mind the importance of laughter. It is so easy to fall into that deep, dark, dank hole of depression if you don’t know how to look for the joy and beauty in life. Learning to appreciate what we have in life versus constantly thinking about what we don’t have can be a test. So for me laughter is the BEST medicine. As Peggy Noonan so aptly states, “Humor is the shock absorber of life; it helps us take the blows.”
“Humor is not merely the telling of funny stories. It recognizes the vast difference between life as we imagine it and life as we live it, and between the fanciful and imposing impressions we have of ourselves and what we actually are.” Brooks Atkinson
Per the rules of the Three Day Quote Challenge, I am challenging my friends: