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   Laughter IS the Best Medicine!

Laughter IS the Best Medicine!

by: Sister Mary Navarre, OP

How can we ever survive a day without it? Humor that is, the last of the eight talents for living in a community. Last, but far from least.  Laughter is good for our bodies and souls - no doubt about it. Laughter reduces stress, softens the rough edges, and increases our sense of well being.

The word humor comes from the ancient Greeks who taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours, control health and emotion. Therefore, good humor means good balance, and so it is that humor restores our balance by helping us get perspective. For a fuller treatment of the benefits of humor, visit this website:

In order to restore balance we need to welcome other perspectivesw and lighten up a bit.  It's a talent for living that soothes and heals like the "balm of Gilead."

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.  ~ Henry Ward Beecher.

I think we're losing our sense of humor instead of being able to relax and laugh at ourselves. I don't care whether it's ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or whose ox is being gored. ~ Betty White

So there we have it -- eight gifts for living in a community: listening, speaking, being sensitive, enjoying simple pleasures, persevering, being our unique selves, believing in our loveableness and having fun! Eight gifts, eight talents, eight tips -- nobody has them all; but together we can live well in whatever community we find ourselves by giving freely of our gifts and accepting graciously those of our sisters and brothers.

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