Monday Morning Munch No. 80 – Why is laughter important?

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There is a song from Mary Poppins which pretty much sums up my life.

I love to laugh,” was written by the Sherman Brothers for the film (one of my all time favorites) to demonstrate how laughter can lighten the mood. They illustrate this quite clearly in the movie as the scene features Uncle Albert, Burt, the children and eventually Mary Poppins to float into the air after a spell of laughter. The more they giggle, the higher they rise.

Why is laughter important?

laugh. everyday. at yourself. it's the best.

laugh. everyday. at yourself. it’s the best.

Because it’s a gift. A gift I’m grateful for because it points to the great God who gladly gives to His children the richest, truest sense of joy. I hope you take time today to laugh, loud and long and clear, and to remember the Author of laughter.

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” -Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“Laughter is a divine gift to the human who is humble. A proud man cannot laugh because he must watch his dignity; he cannot give himself over to the rocking and rolling of his belly. But a poor and happy man laughs heartily because he gives no serious attention to his ego.” -Terry Lindvall, Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis

“Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.” -Goethe

“If we are Christians, then joy, humility, and gratitude should lead us to burst with hearty laughter. And I’m not just speaking of “pious” chuckles over “polite” quips or self-righteous sneering. True joy finds humor in all the weird details of life–the curse of broccoli, the dullness of males, the cruelty of insurance forms, and the tragedy of English cooking. Humor tells us so much about our hearts.” -Douglas Jones

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