Dr. Otaigbe’s Wisdom Newsletter

Why I laugh every day.

My former students and colleagues know fully well that I love to laugh. Here are some reasons why I do:

First, a hearty laughter draws out the healthy child in me. As a 4-year-old, I probably laughed more than 300 times a day. I am doing my best to re-capture that childhood spirit when everything was new, fun, and exciting. 

Second, genuine belly laugh acts as a pain killer. Norman Cousins, the late magazine editor, eased the excruciating pain of his chronic illness through the healing power of humor. ”I made the joyous discovery," he wrote, "that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep."

Finally, laughing improves interpersonal relationships at home and work. Shared laughter reduces boredom, staleness, and animosity. A relaxed face calms others ( and looks youthful too ).

Next time you feel like laughing, go ahead and reap all the physical, mental, and emotional benefits.

Smiles, Giggles, and Chuckles

• ”Everyone should pay their taxes with a smile, ” says Bob. ” I tried it, but they wanted cash.” ~Hilarious One Liners

• Attention Parents of Preschoolers! ”It won't be long before they become teenagers in ripped jeans, wrinkled shirts, and unlaced shoes. Dress them cute while you can."~Adapted from Healthex Ad

• ”Go to work with a happy face and positive attitude. On the days you feel grouchy, fake it. Is that phony? Ask your peers which they prefer, grouchy or phony?" ~Marty Reed

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Dr. Michael I. Otaigbe