Laugh and Live

Laugh and Live
Catalog # SKU1312
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name Douglas Fairbanks


Laugh and Live

Douglas Fairbanks

There is one thing in this good old world that is positively sure-happiness is for all who strive to be happy-and those who laugh are happy. Everybody is eligible-you-me-the other fellow. Happiness is fundamentally a state of mind-not a state of body. And mind controls.


Indeed it is possible to stand with one foot on the inevitable "banana peel" of life with both eyes peering into the Great Beyond, and still be happy, comfortable, and serene-if we will even so much as smile.

It's all a state of mind, I tell you-and I'm sure of what I say. That's why I have taken up my fountain pen. I want to talk to my friends-you hosts of people who have written to me for my recipe. In moving pictures all I can do is act my part and grin for you. What I say is a matter of your own inference, but with my pen I have a means of getting around the "silent drama" which prevents us from organizing a "close-up" with one another. In starting I'm going to ask you "foolish question number 1."-

Do you ever laugh?

I mean do you ever laugh right out-spontaneously-just as if the police weren't listening with drawn clubs and a finger on the button connecting with the "hurry-up" wagon? Well, if you don't, you should. Start off the morning with a laugh and you needn't worry about the rest of the day.

I like to laugh. It is a tonic. It braces me up-makes me feel fine!-and keeps me in prime mental condition. Laughter is a physiological necessity. The nerve system requires it. The deep, forceful chest movement in itself sets the blood to racing thereby livening up the circulation-which is good for us. Perhaps you hadn't thought of that? Perhaps you didn't realize that laughing automatically re-oxygenates the blood-your blood-and keeps it red? It does all of that, and besides, it relieves the tension from your brain.

Laughter is more or less a habit. To some it comes only with practice. But what's to hinder practising? Laugh and live long-if you had a thought of dying-laugh and grow well-if you're sick and despondent-laugh and grow fat-if your tendency is towards the lean and cadaverous-laugh and succeed-if you're glum and "unlucky"-laugh and nothing can faze you-not even the Grim Reaper-for the man who has laughed his way through life has nothing to fear of the future. His conscience is clear.

Wherein lies this magic of laughter? For magic it is-a something that manufactures a state of felicity out of any condition. We've got to admit its charm; automatically and inevitably a laugh cheers us up. If we are bored-nothing to do-just laugh-that's something to do, for laughter is synonymous with action, and action dispels gloom, care, trouble, worry and all else of the same ilk.

Real laughter is spontaneous. Like water from the spring it bubbles forth a creation of mingled action and spontaneity-two magic potions in themselves-the very essence of laughter-the unrestrained emotion within us!

So, for me, it is to laugh! Why not stick along? The experiment won't hurt you. All we need is will power, and that is a personal matter for each individual to seek and acquire for himself. Many of us already possess it, but many of us do not.

Take the average man on the street for example. Watch him go plodding along-no spring, no elasticity, no vim. He is in check-rein-how can he laugh when his pep is all gone and the sand in his craw isn't there any more? What he needs is spirit! Energy-the power to force himself into action! For him there is no hope unless he will take up physical training in some form that will put him in normal physical condition-after that everything simplifies itself. The brain responds to the new blood in circulation and thus the mental processes are ready to make a fight against the inertia of stagnation which has held them in bondage.

130+ pages - 8 x 5 inches SoftCover - Illustrated


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