Remember the old proverb: “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”
Consider the power of laughter to prick the balloons of pretense and to deflate stuffed shirts.
Inject laughter into tense situations to save the day; laughter calms tempers and soothes jangled nerves.
Use laughter to set healing vibrations into motions—to fill a room with the sunshine of good cheer.
Guard yourself against the gloomy outlook by recalling the wise statement of Henry Ward Beecher: “A man without mirth is like a wagon without springs . . . he is jolted disagreeably by every pebble in the road.”
Tell the funny story on yourself so that the laugh is on you; always laugh with others never at them.
Look at the funny side of your difficulties: impersonal contemplation is the secret of laughter and perspective.
Most of all, learn to laugh at yourself; meet each day with a sense of humor.
Laughter is the best medicine for a long and happy life. He who laughs . . . lasts!
~ Wilferd A. Peterson, The Art of Living (1961)