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Gratitude Friday...laughter

As always, each Friday I invite you to click over to Diana Strinati Baur's blog. Diana is the founder of the Gratitude Friday Club, and has a list of the club members on her blog...check them out too, your heart will be lifted by the wonderful expressions of gratitude!

I have such a hard time choosing just one thing each Friday! Today I am feeling grateful for laughter. Grateful for those moments when the bubbles of joy in my heart erupt out loud in a roar of laughter, over something utterly foolish or silly, over a shared joke or a private amusement. Laughter shakes the body, rocks the soul, lifts the heart. The wonderfully healing moments when I suddenly see the humour in a situation that had been causing frustration. Laughter really is contagious...who can be around a laughing friend and not feel your own laughter bubbling up inside?

Rabindranath Tagore said: "the burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself." So true. How much lighter my self, my soul, feels when I am able to laugh at myself. The moment I can laugh at my insecurities is the moment they cease to have power...of course sometimes it is a long time before I can laugh at a particular feeling, but when I can, it brings such a lightness to my heart. When I voice aloud the insecurities of my inner child and in naming them, am able to see the absurdity in them and laugh them away...ah, what freedom that brings!

Laughter is such a wonderful reflection of joy, when something tickles our funny bone or utterly delights our soul in a way that cannot be expressed except in a wordless burst of laughter. Whatever the reason that prompts any particular outburst, I am grateful for laughter, without which life would be unbearable!

It's so rare to capture a burst of true laughter on film, we are usually holding on our faces a self-conscious smile while waiting for the photo to be taken. But, I scanned through my albums and happily came across a few wonderful images of laughter to share with you.

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
~e.e. cummings
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Laughter is a mechanism everyone has; laughter is part of universal human vocabulary. There are thousands of languages, hundreds of thousands of dialects, but everyone speaks laughter in pretty much the same way.
~ Robert R. Provine, Ph.D.
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Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
~Mark Twain
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What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh!
~Agnes Repplier
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A laugh is a smile that bursts.
~Mary H. Waldrip
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What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.
~Yiddish Proverb
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Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
~William James
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Humor has a way of bringing people together. It unites people. In fact, I'm rather serious when I suggest that someone should plant a few whoopee cushions in the United Nations.
~Ron Dentinger
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At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.
~Jean Houston
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I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, "Ain't that the truth.
~Quincy Jones
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Above all else: go out with a sense of humor. It is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.
~Hugh Sidey
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Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
~Mother Teresa
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Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks.
~Henri Bergson
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Happy Friday to all! I hope your weekend is filled with love and joy and deep down belly laughs :)

Comments (13)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Anne, this is an awesome post! I love all of your great photos and cool quotes! Laughter is so important in my life as well. Almost just as important as the air I breathe. I can't live without it.

Thank you for this great blog. Have a great weekend with loads of laughter too! :)

Anne:

Thank you, Kathy!! Laughter is awesome, it really does make a bad day great and a good day incredible, doesn't it?! Some of my favourite memories are those of laughing...those giggle-fit moments when you can barely breathe or speak, your cheeks are aching, but you just are consumed by great gasping gusts of laughter! They are rarely over anything that would be funny to anyone else, but oh what fun!! I've had many such a time with my girls, and with my sister Lynn growing up. Enjoy your weekend :)

Barb Cabot:

Anne, thank you so much for this reminder. I am going through a very difficult time with a lawsuit. For the past week I have been praying so hard for understanding, patience and faith. I think your post was God's way of telling me to focus on this wonderful aspect of being...laughter, smiles it's truly good medicine for the body, mind and spirit. Thank you and God Bless!

Anne:

Barb, I am so glad to know that my post lightened your heart in this difficult time. As my best friend is always saying, the Spirit really does move in mysterious ways. Sorry for what you are going through, and I hope things are soon settled. From what I've seen, I know lawsuits can be so draining. Keep laughing, my friend!! My hugs and prayers are with you :)

Love this post!

I might steal your ee cummings quote one of these days.

Love your new profile photo as well.

Anne:

Thanks Eden - feel free to steal! Isn't that a marvellous quotation? I am quite fond of ee cummings, he wrote some cool words of wisdom, often in unconventional ways.

My new photo was taken in Newfoundland, such a beautiful place!

sandrac:

Wonderful photos, Anne, and a really profound sentiment!

I agree, that a day without laughter really is a wasted day!

Anne:

Oh thanks Sandra, there is something very profound about laughter and its astonishing ability to lift our spirits. I pray my laughter-less days are extremely few and far between!

This is a wonderful post - brought a smile ... love your quotes too. Have a super weekend filled with laughter. menehune

Anne:

thanks menehune, happy to say, I am doing a lot of laughing this weekend. Hope you are too! :)

dana:

Hi Anne, I stopped by here from Diana's... I just wanted to say this is a truly beautiful post, and it made me smile!

Wonderful post! I love all the photos of laughter and the quotes. Laughter is sooo important.

Anne:

Thanks Dana .) I'm so glad you stopped by. And always glad to bring a smile to someone's day!

So true girasoli, it's very important. (Loving your posts about your Italy trip, by the way!!)

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