InspirEmail No 133 - May 5, 2008
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account'

Laughter is Cheap Medicine

I know a couple who work in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a sales representative and she is a pharmacist. When asked what they do for a living, he is quick to reply, 'She makes drugs and I sell them.'

I believe it was Lord Byron who said, 'Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.' And they're finding that to be true - quite literally.

A woman diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis wrote to me and talked about how painful the disease had become. Debra said that no drugs would touch the devastating pain. 'At times I prayed to die because I did not think I could go on this way,' she said. But in two and a half years she weaned herself from most of her medication, which had reached a high of 21 pills a day. This is how she did it.

'I began seeing a doctor who gave me the most important prescription that I ever could have received,' she said. 'He excused himself from the room. I watched him walking back and forth in the hall; he seemed to be in deep thought.'

The doctor came back in with this prescription - he told Debra to get some funny movies and to begin laughing. If she didn't feel like laughing, then she should smile. If she didn't feel like smiling, she should smile anyway! He said that it would increase endorphins in her brain and help with her pain.

She did just as he suggested. She smiled constantly. Her children teased her about the fake smile, but she told them that it was going to get rid of her pain. And it did. Of course, not all of her pain is gone, but her newly acquired habit of laughing and smiling has made it manageable without all of the drugs.

Today, Debra is never seen without her smile. She says that she would not even feel normal without it.

Laughter really is cheap medicine. And it's a prescription you can fill right now.

Written by Steve Goodier

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Some simple rules to be happy

Free your heart from hatred - forgive.

Free your mind from worries - most never happen.

Live simply and appreciate what you have. Give more, expect less - Life is too short to wake up with regrets.

Love the people who treat you right. Forgive and pray for the ones that don't and then forget them if you can't be reconciled.

Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it.

Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Life is short - forgive quickly. kiss slowly, love truly - Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile.

There is no better time than right now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don't need money and love like you've never been hurt and  . . . Keep Smiling

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Many thanks to David Freeman from Taree, Australia for sharing this message

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Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place
Josh Billings

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