Grace Notes

a blog about life’s everyday magic

September 8, 2017

The Best Medicine

Words: Cassie Rumsey
Photo credit: Ben White


“A day without laughter is a day wasted” — Charlie Chaplin


I love all the different types of laughter. From innocent giggles to belly laughs, silent chuckles to joyful roars, there’s just something magically contagious about them all.


We’ve all been there. Your abs burn, making you feel like you just did fifty crunches; your cheeks are on fire; mascara runs down your face; you double over falling to your knees and you just. Cant. Stop. Laughing.


Finally, you’re able to pull yourself together and take that first full deep breath, wiping the tears from your cheeks. You look over at your friend who is doing the same. You both smile at each other and the same thought crosses your mind — man, that felt good.


Photo credit: Seth Doyle


“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” – Stephen Chbosky | Issue 11.


There have been times when laughter has brought me so much joy during a terrible day, times when it has lightened a solemn mood in a room full of people, or times when it has created moments of bonding, as a friend and I spend minutes just laughing hysterically over who knows what.


I feel that my closest friends are the ones I laugh with the most. To me, laughter means comfort. It means being able to relax and escape from reality for just a moment. The stresses of the day are lifted off my shoulders. There’s no worry in the world as I’m consumed with a blissful moment of freeing joy.


There is no question in my mind why they say laughter is the best medicine. It’s because it really is.


When is the last time you had a good laugh?

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Comments ( 2 )

  1. Terry Gassett

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Wow – I love this Cassie! Especially your line “There’s no worry in the world when I am consumed with a moment of blissful joy.” How I love those moments – especially when they come with a friend – a friend who is totally in the moment too. A friend who totally “gets it.” I think I’m going to call one such friend now so we can have a good ‘ole belly laugh together! One day without laughter is one day too long! Thank you for the reminder. 🙂

  2. Ella

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I love hearing different laughs! My cousin, Cindy use to laugh in grocery lines to see how many people would join in the joy. Laughter is infectious and people did snort, chuckle, and start giggling. One lady was laughing so hard she started crying. She had no idea what she was laughing about. Maybe I will start a wave of giggles-when I grocery shop-later this week. We need more laughter in our world! Thanks, Cassie~

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