This I Believe

Dustin - Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Entered on April 20, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: family, illness
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I believe that laughter is the best medicine even in the worst of times. Laughter to me has always been a gift that has refused to leave me. “Laughter is the best medicine” is a cliché for most people, but for my family, experiencing two serious health crises, it is literally true, literally medicine. Even if one is feeling unhappy, a good laugh can brighten up someone’s day. A little chuckle to bursting out into tears because one is laughing so hard can even make other people laugh. There is a time to be serious and to be funny, but in my life I seem to remember more of the funny things that have happened than the unpleasant times because laughter has never seemed to leave me. In my life I have had many bad experiences but when I talk about them now, I sometimes laugh because of how stupid I acted. Even in the worst of times, especially when my dad died of M.S., having cancer at the age of 17, still, my family and I love to laugh. People say that laughter is the best medicine. My dad, for example, had M.S. The sight of him was painful but I remember all of the funny times. My aunts were very close to my dad and whenever one farted, my dad always had one of the biggest smiles on his face. He got red if the face and tears down his eyes from laughing so hard. So many memories came from watching my aunts entertaining my dad through relieving themselves. In my battle with cancer, I remember watching television commercials of the dough boy. I knew he was going to get poked in the stomach, but when it happened I laughed because simple things can make me laugh and make me forget for that moment that something was wrong with me.

Simple things can make many people laugh. Simple gestures go a long way in someone’s life. My girlfriend gave me a simple picture of her being goofy and it makes me chuckle every time I look at it. Laughter comes with many joys of life that cannot be expressed, but it has to be experienced in order to get the full effect. Every time something funny happens in my family, we laugh because life is too short to be taken totally serious. When I was younger, my brothers and I always got the same matching boxers at Christmas and we always had to take a picture. Moments like that make a person laugh almost every time.

Going through life, I have experienced many things that I did not want to go through, but when someone can break the ice and cause laughter, at least one person will chuckle, smile, or feel better. I believe that laughter is the best medicine because I know from personal experiences that bringing laughter to someone is a memory that can last a lifetime.