“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”

That Proverb poetry branded itself in my spirit. I’ve always loved a good laugh, whether a chuckle or a guffaw.

According to the latest edition of the AARP magazine, “Laughing can give your immune system a temporary boost, ease pain, relax arteries and offer your torso a mini-workout.” Ha, my kind of workout.

The article goes on to suggest you try clapping along while you chant, “HO HO HO, HA HA,HA.” Or try laughter yoga. Or comic movies.

Or if you have a baby nearby, you could try this:

We laugh with Lydia every day. Multiple times.

Daughter Kate asked, “Why didn’t anyone tell me how funny babies are?”

Maybe before baby she was just too busy laughing at her cat Sargent Pepper. Or her cat Pronoun.

Restaurant shenanigans.

Restaurant shenanigans.

Life is full of stress. Much of that stress dissipates when we laugh.

I’m so grateful to Lydia for helping us enter totally into her world and laugh along with her, letting go of all that feels hard or impossible for a moment.

I hope we can help Lydia keep laughing, from the time she first recognizes herself in the mirror to her first “knock-knock” jokes and beyond. Maybe she’ll enjoy watching grannynanny videos some day as much as her cousin Owen, now six years old, enjoys seeing this video:

How do you find laughter in your life? What feeds your heart’s merriment?

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