LAUGHTER IS THE LAST BEST CURE – Marilyn Armstrong

Everything and everybody changes, but recently a couple of people I’ve known for a long time have changed suddenly and dramatically. Overnight, they became dry and humorless.

It appears they had a humorectomy. While they slept, their sense of humor was removed. I don’t know exactly how it happened, but it’s deeply disturbing. Have they been replaced by pods, like the  “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”?

I could not survive if I did not see how ridiculous my life is. If the absurdity of it didn’t make me laugh, I would do nothing but cry and bewail my state.

Laughter heals me. It’s better than sex. Better than yoga, meditation, medication, or street drugs.

It’s free, unrestricted by laws, available to anyone who is not yet dead and is acceptable behavior under almost all religious systems.

Many friends are going through rough times. Their problems vary, but the results are the same. Stress, anguish, fear, worry, insomnia. You worry, try to keep it together until you’re ready to explode.

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What can you do? When the light at the end of the tunnel really is the headlight of an oncoming train, I say: “Buckle up and let your hair blow in the wind. It’s going to be a hell of a ride.”

Laughing at the craziness, insanity, ludicrousness, the utter absurdity of my life — and the demented world in which I live it — is my first line of defense against despair. Take away laughter, strip away my sense of humor, and I’m a goner.

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I laugh any time I find a reason. At anything that strikes me as funny, which isn’t always appreciated by other people. I even laugh when I’m alone (weird, right?). It reminds me why it’s worth staying alive.

My friends make me laugh. I make them laugh. When our lives are in tatters and everything around us is collapsing, we laugh. Then, we take a deep breath, and laugh some more. The more awful the situation, the more dreadful and intractable the problems, the funnier it is. We are not laughing at tragedy … we are laughing at life.

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The difference between tragedy and comedy is how you look at it. Laughter is the antidote for everything. Try it. It’s a cure.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

43 thoughts on “LAUGHTER IS THE LAST BEST CURE – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I also laugh by myself on more than the odd occasion – frequently a sardonic one, but not always! 😉

    Laughter is definitely a stress relief mechanism; it can also be our body’s innate reaction when encountering some stressful situations… or is that a learned reaction?

    I find it amazing though, how much of what we normally find as funny, involves someone else’s misfortune or is making fun OF someone or something at some level?

    I’m finding these days Irony is what makes me laugh most often. Once upon a time it was sitcoms.

    Leave ’em Laughing: “If you feel cold go and stand in a corner of the room – most corners are at least 90 degrees!!” 😀

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      1. That must be a great comfort two you! 😉

        A boiler going out this early in the ‘season’ doesn’t sound good! 😦

        Do the dogs ever snuggle up on your lap in the Winter months? 🙂

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      1. I’d like to hope we both get lots of the latter before we try the former!!

        I’m posting daily ‘Funnies’ now… it’s not that hard!! 😉

        ( Not original, but not hard)

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        1. Bob, “dying is easy…comedy is hard”. Stolen from “My Favorite Year”. memorable line from the Alan Swann/Errol Flynn character played by Peter O’Toole.

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          1. I’ve never actually seen My Favourite Year, but I remember reading David Niven’s “Bring on the Empty Horses” about his career in Hollywood where Mr Flynn (an Australian) featured rather prominently! Casting Peter O’Toole in the role was a touch of genius (madness??) 😉

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            1. Bob, “My Favorite Year” is a funny, warm movie. Suggest you track it down. It may be O’Toole’s most underrated success.

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  2. I spend the majority of my time by myself and am my own best entertainer. I crack myself up, which is one of the reasons my sens of humor is so well developed (But also, perhaps myopically focused mostly on what I find funny)…

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  3. “Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep,and you weep alone” has been an adage in my life. Fortunately, I can find things to laugh at, including myself. Yesterday, I was talking to a friend whose life is a total disaster in every area. We discussed her plight and ways to make it better, but, more importantly,we did a lot of laughing. At the end of the conversation, she said, “Oh, I feel so much better now.” Love makes the world go around, but laughter keeps it spinning.

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  4. I’ve found at this point I have zero tolerance for a negative world view. Bad stuff happens all the time, but it’s not all that happens. I’ve had friends come over for a visit just because they needed to laugh. The way I see it, we’re all dead anyway. Meantime, we’re going to get slammed with shit from all directions. Humor, joy, beauty and love are our compensations.

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  5. I couldn’t agree more, Marilyn. Humour really is the best medicine for “everything”. Really delighted you wrote this because too often people find the wrong way to relieve stress and truly, laughter is good for your body and your soul and surely lessens stressers. Love this!

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