I love to laugh from Mary Poppins!

One of the biggest secrets to a long, healthy life is a light-hardheartedness attitude and humour is one of the greatest ways to "keep your spirit lifted off the ground".  Take another look at Mary Poppins just to remind yourself and your family of these life-saving truths!  Or take a look at the unbelievable story of Norman Cousins who cured himself with laughter!

I Love To Laugh - Mary Poppins

Uncle Albert:
I love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
I love to laugh
It's getting worse ev'ry year

The more I laugh
The more I fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more I'm a merrier me
It's embarrassing!
The more I'm a merrier me!

Mary Poppins:
Some people laugh through their noses
Sounding something like this "Mmm..."
Some people laugh through their teeth goodness sake
Hissing and fizzing like snakes

Some laugh too fast
Some only blast - ha!
Others, they twitter like birds
Then there's the kind
What can't make up their mind

Uncle Albert:
When things strike me as funny
I can't hide it inside
And squeak - as the squeakelers do
I've got to let go with a ho-ho-ho...
And a ha-ha-ha...too!

We love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
We love to laugh
So ev'rybody can hear
The more you laugh
The more you fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more we're a merrier we!

The Laughing Cure

The Remarkable And True Story of Norman Cousins

"Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors."

   -Norman Cousins  

bondwelcIn his novel, Anatomy of an Illness, Norman Cousins describes his rigorous recovery from ankylosing spondylitis, a painful collagen illness that rendered him immobile, and at its nadir, nearly incapable of moving his jaw. His doctor and long time friend Dr. William Hitzig put it to him bluntly: only one of every five hundred people diagnosed with this affliction fully recovers. To beat these odds, he quickly decided he needed to actively pursue why his body was reacting the way it was, and how to reverse the damage.

Foremost, he concluded that a recent, extremely stressful trip to Russia due to mis-communications and tight scheduling had rendered his immune system vulnerable to the toxic fumes emitted by large diesel truck engines working round-the-clock at his hotel. Then the task before him was simple. He needed to restore his immune system. He just needed to figure out how. Relying on previously read books on the subject, such as Hans Selye's "The Stress of Life," he learned that negative emotions, such as frustration or suppressed rage, are linked to adrenal exhaustion. Therefore, Cousins assumed the opposite to be true, that positive emotions - love, hope, faith, laughter, confidence - would yield salutary results. However, Cousins knew that "putting positive emotions to work is nothing so simple as turning on a garden hose."

Additionally, the pain medication he was being administered - roughly 38 pills of aspirin and phenlybutazone per day - he learned could, even in small amounts, be destructive and promote internal bleeding. For this, he requested two things of Dr. Hitzig. To repair his immune system, dangerously high doses of ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C which he read could combat inflammation and nurture his deteriorating adrenal glands. And to combat the unbearable pain, Marx Brothers films. Candid Camera. And selections from E.B. White's Subtreasury of American Humor. He quickly discovered that merely ten minutes of induced hearty laughter would produce about two hours of painless sleep.

The result is clear. After several years of continuous laughter therapy, Cousins experienced little to no pain in day-to-day living. Though he relied on Vitamin C to physically repair immune system, he relied on the often overlooked medication of laughter to mentally cure his condition and live to the age of 75.bondwelc