14/365Challenge:  Laughter Is The Best Medicine.  That section alone of the Reader’s Digest is worth every cent we’re paying for the subscription.  

Good humor is very inexpensive.  It is one of the pleasures in life that is relatively free.  Fortunately for my family, we are practically rolling with it.

My husband is funny without trying to be.  And laughter, like yawning, is contagious.

But get this.  According to Dr. Robert Provine (Laughter: A Scientific Investigation, Penguin Books, 2001), laughter is not about humor.  It’s about social relationships.   Laughter establishes–or restores–a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between two people, who literally take pleasure in the company of each other. Dr. Provine found that speakers laugh even more than their listeners.

And while it is good to laugh together from jokes that we read on social media, or comedy shows on TV, it is far better to laugh from homegrown conversations.

I remember this old post, where I shared one of the countless conversations with my husband that ended with laughter.  And it’s like that almost everyday.

And it’s not to say that my husband and I never had any problems.  We do, like any normal couple.  Every day, we go through life meeting challenges.  And our attitude towards life, and the way we react to these challenges, depends on the quality of relationships we decided to have.  We’ve chosen to to keep our relationship rewarding, fresh, happy.  We believe that the degree of happiness that we experience has more to do with the way we think, than it has to do with the circumstances and events of our lives.  We simply choose to react to our circumstances positively.

So go ahead and laugh.  It won’t make problems go away. But it can set the stage for you for tackling them with positivity.

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