“Laughter is an instant vacation.”

–Milton Berle

Life can be tough, sometimes really tough on occasions.

There are bills to pay, obligations to meet, commitments to

keep… the list seemingly goes on forever. With our daily

schedule seemingly jam packed from daylight to dark and

beyond, we oftentimes find ourselves juggling way too

many things at once.

As the daily grind exacts its inexorable toll, we begin

feeling a bit overwhelmed. We want to get it all done, but

there never seems to be enough hours in the day.

Overworked, overwrought and out of gas, the pressure to

get everything done finally reaches the breaking point.

“Laughter is the greatest weapon we have and we, as

humans, use it the least.”

–Mark Twain

We’ve all been down the tension turnpike a few too many

times before. We know how it feels to be stressed out with

our anxiety levels approaching Richter scale proportions.

In these most trying moments, when there appears to be

absolutely no relief in sight, we need to break up the

pressure packed predicament we find ourselves in by

cracking ourselves up.

When things get really rough, that’s when we really need a

good laugh more than ever. I’m not talking about cracking

a little smile or having a little laugh; not even close. No,

what we need when we’re on the verge of breaking down is

a rolling, rollicking, great big laugh out loud to chuckle our

pressures away.

“Trouble knocked on the door, but, hearing laughter,

hurried away.”

–Benjamin Franklin

Life was never intended to be filled with drudgery and

unhappiness. In fact, just the opposite is true. Our lives

were meant to be filled with enjoyment, cheerfulness and

yes, laughter; lots and lots of laughter. And while laughing

may never completely rid our lives of the problems we face,

it can sure help us more readily handle the load. And

laughing can make us feel a whole lot better as well.

There never has been a better medicine for whatever ails

us than a hearty, healthy laugh. A really good laugh acts

something like a relief valve, allowing the pressures and

tensions of the day to dissipate for a while – providing

relief when it’s needed the most. Better yet, a good laugh

makes life feel a little lighter, a little brighter, and a little

less stressful.

“Laughter is the jam on the toast of life. It adds flavor,

keeps it from being too dry, and makes it easier to


–Diane Johnson

Our lives are always going to have their ups and downs. And

there are going to be days when the downs greatly

outnumber the ups. But regardless of what life throws our

direction, good and bad alike, we need to maintain our

perspective and retain our good sense of humor.

Please remember that things are rarely if ever as bad as

there sometimes first appear. And there’s absolutely

nothing we cannot overcome with the right mental

attitude. By consistently interjecting some levity into

your daily routine, you help ease your tensions away.

And don’t wait until you’re stressed to the max to make a

move. Whenever your stress levels begin to creep up, that’s

a clear signal for you to step away and take a break.

Rather than focusing all of your attention on your present

dilemma and getting all tied up in a knot, why not turn the

momentum around? By thinking of something that brings a

smile to your face and having a nice laugh, you brighten

your day and heighten your mood.

Hey, life is far too fleeting to stay upset and out of sorts.

Life should be fun, a whole lot of fun – so make it fun with

a capital LOL . Be sure to laugh good, laugh long and for

goodness sakes, take the time to laugh out loud.

The Bottom Line: It’s hard to have a bad time when you’re

in the middle of a good laugh.

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