The Laugh Cure Found in Wooden Faces

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” a Hebrew proverb.

The “Laugh Cure” is a chapter in Orison Swett Marden’s book: “Cheerfullness as a Life Power”.

I created a Natural Health Book Series inspired by this book. I took each chapter and made it into its own book. In each of these six books, I relate how to use essential oils to compliment the idea he is expressing in the story.

When looking at some of the wooden faces in Cheyenne Mountain State Park, some of the lines from his book came to mind.

And I believe a hike where one lets their imagination play and find joyful faces in rocks and tree roots and stumps is the best cure for the “blues” and energizes the body to heal many types of dis-ease.

There is a giggling rock creature, a smiling big cat and a couple of joyful fairies in this picture.

Rocky Giggler & Laughing Tree Root

Can you find them?

You can substitute the idea of sunshine for laughter and hiking in nature’s beauty in most of the following quotes and achieve similar results. But add laughter, and the health benefits are multiplied.

“Mirth is God’s medicine,” said Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes; “everybody ought to bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness, anxiety, all the rust of life, ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth”. Elsewhere he says: “If you are making choice of a physician be sure you get one with a cheerful and serene countenance. Is not a jolly physician of greater service than his pills?

“Dr. Marshall Hall frequently prescribed “cheerfulness” for his patients, saying that it is better than anything to be obtained at the apothecary’s.”

“In Western New York, Dr. Burdick was known as the “Laughing Doctor.” He always presented the happiest kind of a face; and his good humor was contagious. He dealt sparingly in drugs, yet was very successful.”

Doctor Laughing tree in Cheyenne Mtn State Park

The London “Lancet,” the most eminent medical journal in the world, gives the following scientific testimony to the value of jovialty: “This power of ‘good spirits’ is a matter of high moment to the sick and weakly. To the former, it may mean the ability to survive; to the latter, the possibility of outliving, or living in spite of, a disease.  It is, therefore, of the greatest importance to cultivate the highest and most buoyant frame of mind, which the conditions will admit. The same energy which takes the form of mental activity is vital to the work of the organism. Mental influences affect the system; and a joyous spirit not only relieves pain, but increases the momentum of life in the body.”

Crazy Laughing Tree in Cheyenne Mtn Park

Dr. Ray, superintendent of Butler Hospital for the Insane, says in one of his reports, “A hearty laugh is more desirable for mental health than any exercise of the reasoning faculties.” Grief, anxiety, and fear are great enemies of human life. A depressed, sour, melancholy soul, a life which has ceased to believe in its own sacredness, its own power, its own mission, a life which sinks into querulous egotism or vegetating aimlessness, has become crippled and useless. We should fight against every influence that tends to depress the mind, as we would against a temptation to crime. It is undoubtedly true that, as a rule, the mind has power to lengthen the period of youthful and mature strength and beauty, preserving and renewing physical life by a stalwart mental health.

Laughing Tree in Cheyenne Mtn Park

Why don’t you laugh, young man,
  when troubles come,
Instead of sitting ‘round so sour and glum?
You cannot have all play,
And sunshine every day;
When troubles come,
  I say, why don’t you laugh?

Why don’t you laugh,
  and make us all laugh, too,
And keep us mortals all from getting blue?
A laugh will always win;
If you can’t laugh, just grin,
Come on, let’s all join in!
  Why don’t you laugh?”

“Why Don’t You Laugh?” Exerpt of a poem from the “Independent”

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