Laughter is the best medicine

Proverbs 17:22 is a Bible verse often quoted, or misquoted as the case may be. In the NKJV it says A merry heart does good, like a medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. 

A merry heart spills out as laughter, and that’s probably why the saying ” Laughter is the best medicine” came about. That’s found on pp 326-327 in the current paperback version of my best-seller, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. In 1937 the BBC printed the following in Volume 18 of The Listener:

“Removal of Totem worship— Laughter is the best medicine for tyranny; but the world of 1937 rarely dared to laugh.”

Then Reader’s Digest later picked up this as the title of a humorous feature.

In keeping with this, I comprised a book titled Limericks, Jokes and Other such Rubbish, designed to tickle our funny bones… that’s not in the cliche book but “Tickled pink” and “Get one’s giggle box turned upside down” both are.

Occasionally I’ll come up with another original funny which I write down for future reference. Here’s one which hasn’t been published yet, so if you hear it somewhere you’ll know who thought it up:

A middle-aged cocaine addict got up one fall morning with tremors, bad in need of a fix. He turned on the TV and the weather lady was just coming on.

“We’re all cool around here this morning,” she started. “We’re in the middle forties. For those of you who may be shivering and shaking, I’m sure you’ll be glad to know that we’ll be shooting up rather quickly a little later in the day….”

The addict quickly pushed the off button on the remote and made a bee line for the station.

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