In Others’ Words: What Laughter Can Do

Laughter is sunshine 2015

I was in New York City this time last week, attending the annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference. It was quite the gathering, with something like 2500 attendees … workshops … and lots of networking opportunities.One memory that lingers: The “smart” elevators. You punched the floor that you wanted to go to into a main console. You were then directed to the appropriate elevator (by letter, such as A, B, C, etc.), and then you waited. And waited. And waited. Yeah, the RWA crowd overloaded the elevators.

A truly favorite memory: Going to see the Broadway musical Les Misérables with my husband. The production was superb. Music … staging … and the message of grace versus law … so beautiful.

Today’s quote comes from Les Misérables — the book, not the stage production. There’s such sadness and loss in Les Mis, but hope is also woven through the story too. A desire to discover beauty and a reason to live even when you are staring down heartache. Victor Hugo valued laughter … he understood that laughter changes us — not just externally, but internally.

As Hugo puts it, laughter is sunshine. I believe laughter is also the sound of hope.

In Your Words: How would you fill in this sentence: Laughter is ___________________.  

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  1. July 30, 2015, 6:30 am   /  Reply

    Laughter helps us go on stronger and conquer.

    • July 30, 2015, 3:44 pm   /  Reply

      Amen to that, Dee! Amen to that!

  2. Susan
    July 30, 2015, 7:17 am   /  Reply

    Love love love that musical! I wasn’t lying, I know every single line. And as for laughter, that’s one of the best parts of life:)

    • July 30, 2015, 3:44 pm   /  Reply

      It would be fun to sit next to you and see the musical, Susan.
      And yes, life without laughter would be less than.

  3. July 30, 2015, 11:36 am   /  Reply

    Laughter is the native language of Heaven.

    • July 30, 2015, 11:57 am   /  Reply

      It’s also the native language of dogs.

      • July 30, 2015, 3:45 pm   /  Reply

        Oh, there’s nothing like a doggie smile! 🙂

    • July 30, 2015, 3:44 pm   /  Reply

      Love this, Andrew. So true.

  4. Bernadette DesChamps
    July 30, 2015, 11:45 am   /  Reply

    Laughter is my favorite way to breath.

    • July 30, 2015, 3:45 pm   /  Reply

      Bernadette …
      Laughter helps me catch my breath … find my breath again.

  5. July 30, 2015, 7:46 pm   /  Reply

    Laughter is life-giving. Great post!

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