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Laugh Your Way to a Longer Life

“Laughing and crying are the same thing – laughing just feels better” – Mexican shaman as told to Douglas Abrams

My new year’s resolution is to read more books. There’s a Japanese word for the act of buying books, letting them stack up, and never reading them – tsundoku. I realized my little pile was growing and I’m at risk of tsundoku-ing.

I’m currently reading The Book of Joy by Douglas Abrams which entails conversations with the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. What a combination, the book was irresistible. Here’s an excerpt.

“It is much better when there is not too much seriousness,” the Dalai Lama responded. “Laughter, joking is much better. Thenn we can be completely relaxed. I met some scientists in Japan, and they explained that wholehearted laughter – not artificial laughter – is very good for your heart and your health in general.” When he said “artificial laughter” he pretended to smile and forced a chuckle. He was making a connection between wholehearted laughter and a warm heart, which he had already said was the key to happiness.

In line with this idea, I’d like to share a project I’ve been working on. I’m writing short stories of all the funny things that went on when I was raising my children. My wish is that it will produce real laughter leading to greater health and happiness.