Friday, March 13, 2009


Lately I've been quite inspired from reading the book "You Can't Afford the Luxury of A Negative Thought" by Peter McWilliams. The book is over 500 pages long, yet full of insight, reminders for daily living and most of all, reinforcement to what we learn and apply on a moment to moment daily basis. It's an amazing book to have in your library.
Truthfully, I bought it for 50 cents at a white elephant tent sale a few weeks back, and I thought "Gosh, this is a pretty thick book to read, do I really want to start reading it now?" When I read a book it's cover to cover which is why at first I was so hesistant, yet I'm so glad that I did. I'm on page 399 so I'm almost done.

The chapter I'm writing on is Laugh. Laughter is essential to our equilibrium, to our well-being, to our aliveness. If you're not well, laughter helps us to get well. If we are well, laughter helps us stay that way.
Give yourself permission to laugh-long and loud and out loud-whenever anything strikes you as funny. The people around you may think you're strange, but sooner or later they'll join in-even if they don't know what you're laughing about.

If you want to be attractive, you must be willing to be different. When you leave your house tomorrow and are out and about, take a look around at how many people are smiling. Observe this. And choose to be the one who smiles, be the one who laughs. People will naturally be drawn to you because, deep within all of us, is the desire to be happy.

To share with you how "contagious" laughter is, the other night, I'm about 4 rooms away from my grandma, and I can hear her having a ball, laughing hilariously. I just hear her, and I start laughing, not sure what she was laughing about, I begin to laugh hysterically myself. It feels so good to laugh, so healing. Finally, I just had to find out why she was laughing, and guess what?
She's watching America's Funniest Home Videos. I was in tears when I left her room for laughing so hard. It's a way to free yourself.

To end with this quote "You grow up the day you have the first real laugh-at yourself.
-Ethel Barrymore

Love & Light to You Always ~ Laugh today!


  1. Shannon,

    This video says it all:

    Thank you,

  2. Laughter really IS the best medicine. :) Thanks for this wonderful post. It is a great reminder of the things that are really important. And... it sure does feel really good to laugh!