Continuing my foraging through 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People, #36 is “Laugh.” (Title reference is here, for non Banzai fans.) Evidently, the act of laughing makes you happy or at least happier. Since I already knew that laughing out loud reduces stress and boosts the immune system, I am not surprised about this happiness thing. I think the key is the difference between being amused and actually laughing out loud so that you can hear yourself. I’ve been amused by a lot of what I’ve read this morning but I didn’t laugh out loud until I hit the comments on the Alex Jones piece on the AV Club, where the commenters took up Jones’s deranged scream about liberals ending the world on Oct. 6 and began to organize the
So what made you laugh out loud this week? Or just made you happy? We do those moments, too.