'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Laughter Club

I do a 'Daily Challenge' each morning.  It's usually a small, simple task, it's usually fun, and it can be thought-provoking.

It arrives via my email, but is linked to the Daily Challenge website, within which you can post 'how it went' and link with others doing the same or different challenges, if you wish.

Today's one was about smiling and laughter.  It reminded me how much pleasure I get out of blogging and reading others' blogs.
It also reminded me that laughter is really good for you:  even 'forced' or 'fake' laughter had been proven to have benefits to your mental health and your immune system.

I remember seeing this video of John Cleese as part of a series he did about the human face (I think) and it's jolly good.  (The whole series was brilliant too).

'Fake it, fake it, until you make it.'

Just in case you have something sad on your mind that meant you couldn't even raise a smile today, try this:


  1. That Daily Challenge looks interesting. I've signed up so we'll see what happens!

  2. What a great start to the day. They should try this laughter therapy in schools. I can see kids responding to it.
    The daily challenge sounds interesting. Might take a look too.

  3. ha ha bonk.....
    the sound of me laughing my head off!

  4. Though I am always naturally drawn to serious and informative programmes on television, frequently I look for funny programmes that might make me laugh because I also believe in the saying that "laughter is the best medicine".

  5. I'll keep a look out for you Ian

    Helsie - I may be thinking only of primary school, but kids seem to laugh an awful lot more than adults anyway!

    AF - That's one I haven't heard for ages! Chortle.

    YP - With that 'The Face' series, you got both laughter and docco at the same time.

  6. I think that's one reason our dogs are good for us and reduce stress and blood pressure: they make us laugh!

    The vid was interesting. John Cleese looks so miserable most of the time, and I know that's just the face he was born with, but even though he's done such wonderful shows as Fawlty Towers, and Monty Python, he just doesn't look as if he has much fun, does he?

  7. One of the problems of going around laughing or even with a smile on your face is that eventually they come and take you away! On a serious note I think John Cleese not only suffered from depression but wrote a book on how to survive it. Presumably he has.

  8. What. It's not the 1st October yet! I still have to wake up and say 'rabbits' and I won't be doing that for another 15 or so hours!


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