I just read an article that stated statistics show that toddlers laugh over 200 times a day on average. It went on to state that adults only laugh about 16 times a day. I don’t know for sure that the statistics are right, or how they were gathered, but the thought made me ponder laughter.
That’s quite a difference in giggle measurement, don’t you think? And if it’s true, or even nearly true, what exactly happens to us in this complex thing called life? Where does the laughter go?
Personally, I love to laugh. I’m pretty sure I would beat the average, if I cared to keep track. I think that laughing is healthy, invigorating, and necessary. So I like funny movies, funny books, and funny people. But I’m pretty sure I don’t achieve that toddler laughter level.
But I like the idea of aiming a little higher. In this life full of worry, problems, and hard work, I think we adults need to take more laugh breaks.
I cherish the friends who can make me laugh so hard that the tears flow. Plus the ones that do some crazy thing that makes me laugh at a totally inappropriate time, just for kicks. And the ones who can remember the punch line of jokes. And the ones who CAN’T remember the punch line, which is sometimes just as funny.
Are you a laugher? What makes you laugh? I think this is something to think about!
Christine Bush is the award winning author of many books and novellas of sweet romance and light mystery. She also writes Middle Grade Fiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found working with clients as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or teaching Psychology at a local college. She lives with her family and two crazy cats in northeastern Pennsylvania, and loves to hear from readers and aspiring writers.
Her book “Cindy’s Prince” can be found at http://www.amazon.com/Cindys-Prince-Christine-Bush-ebook/dp/B00IFSRVJ2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1393781746&sr=1-1&keywords=christine+bush+cindy%27s+prince