The Laugh Cure is based upon principles recognized as sound by the medical profession–so true is the Hebrew proverb that “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”
“This power of ‘good spirits’ is a matter of high moment to the sick and weakly. To the former, it may mean the ability to survive; to the latter, the possibility of outliving, or living in spite of, a disease. It is, therefore, of the highest importance to cultivate the highest and most buoyant frame of mind which the conditions will admit. The same
energy which takes the form of mental activity is vital to the work of the organism. Mental influences affect the system, and a joyous spirit not only relieves pain but increases the momentum of life in the body.”
Grief, anxiety, and fear are great enemies of human life. A depressed, sour, melancholy soul, a life which has ceased to believe in its sacredness, its power, its mission, a life which sinks into querulous egotism or vegetating aimlessness, has become disabled and useless. We should fight against every influence which tends to depress the mind, as we would against a temptation to crime. It is undoubtedly true that, as a rule, the mind has the power to lengthen the period of youthful and mature strength and beauty, preserving and renewing physical life by a robust mental health.
Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us and puts us in closer touch with what is best and brightest in our lot in life.
Physiology tells the story. The great sympathetic nerves are closely allied; and when one set carries bad news to the head, the nerves reaching the stomach are affected, indigestion comes on, and one’s countenance becomes doleful. Laugh when you can; it is a cheap medicine.
Author: Orison Swett Marden