Definition of Laughter: the action or sound of laughing
Synonyms of Laughter: merriment, gaiety, jocularity, fun, enjoyment, pleasure, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
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He who laughs, lasts!

Laughter recharges our entire being; every cell is activated. Laughter encourages wellness. It is habit-forming and, better yet, contagious. –Karen Casey | More…

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One of the true gifts of recovery is that we learn to laugh again. The lightness in our hearts lets us know life is good.

Laughter heals us. It is one of our heart’s songs. There is always some in our life, somewhere – and we need only look in order to find it. –God Grant Me/Anonymous | More…

Laughter is a necessity in life. The Old Ones say that one of the greatest healing powers in our life is the ability to laugh.”

Laughter is a stress eliminator. Laughter causes healing powers to be distributed through our bodies. Laughter helps heal relationships. Laughter can change other people. Laughter can heal the sick. Laughter is spiritual.

One of the greatest gifts is our ability to laugh. Humour is natural. Sometimes the only thing left to do is laugh. Elders Meditations | More…

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Over time, real honest laughter returns to us. Laughter is a way of accepting ourselves as human, and to be human means we can make mistakes.

It means we can lighten up. It also means growing up. And growing up means being happy with all of who we are—even parts of us that may seem odd or funny.

If we can’t laugh at ourselves, we shut ourselves off from the world. We shut ourselves off from the parts of us we need to accept. –Keep It Simple | More…

For a long time, we didn’t really laugh. We almost forgot how good we could feel.

It feels so good to laugh again! As we grow in the program, we have more and more room for happiness. –Keep It Simple | More…

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Through humour, we can be temporarily relieved of our obsession with self. When we become annoyed with people and events, a search for the humour in the situation can put things in a brighter perspective.

An ability to find humour in a difficult situation is a gift to develop. –Just For Today | More…

I knew that I was growing in self-esteem and confidence when I was able to laugh. Laughter also stops us from treating ourselves and the world too seriously.

I remember a professor telling me, “God created the world for fun. Find the key to life and enjoy it.” Spirituality is that key. –Father Leo | More…

When we are adrift in our addiction, we take ourselves very seriously and often lose contact with reality. We lose touch with the joy and humour of life, and we find that everything around us and inside us is grim and dark.

One of the many positive signs of our return to health and sanity is our recovery of the gift of laughter. Laughter is the mark of a healthy, happy human being. –Answers in the Heart/P. Williamson & S. Kiser. | More…

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I slowly began to see that laughter is part of joy — a deep joy that comes from personal healing. Laughter is spiritual because it is a positive response to life. It is the noise of optimism. –Father Leo | More…

Laughter is mental, laughter is emotional, laughter is physical and laughter is spiritual.
Laughter helps us find balance. If we get too angry, laughter will turn that emotion in a balanced direction.

If we have a mental picture of someone who is too strong, laughter will help ease the tension. If the body is stressed, laughter will release natural relaxants into our muscles and our nervous system.

Laughter often changes our attitude. We need to lighten up and laugh more. –Elders Meditations | More…

As I work my program, I realize that there are some things that need more prayer and meditation than others. Then there are those things in my life that, under the light of my recovery, are just plain flat-out silly.

My Higher Power gives me the ability to cry and grieve where appropriate. My Higher Power also has taught me that laughter, indeed, is often the best medicine. –One Day At A Time | More…

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Laughter causes healing powers to be distributed through our bodies. Laughter helps heal relationships that are having problems.

Laughter can change other people. Laughter can heal the sick. Laughter is spiritual. One of the greatest gifts among our people is our ability to laugh. |

Humour is natural to people.
Sometimes the only thing left to do is laugh. –Elder’s | More…

Learning to laugh is part of our growth.
Why not open ourselves up to a good laugh and let it push our pain or sorrow out?

Now that we are once again choosing how we feel,
we have the power to opt for joy. –Body, Mind, and Spirit

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