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"Laughing means being cognizant of your surroundings. When you laugh you become a part of something---you join in, you become part of the crowd.
Sometimes the joke relates to you. It takes a little bit of humility when you can laugh at yourself---get off your high horse, relax, and let it go. It's a way of saying 'You can have this one on me. Enjoy yourself. I'll get even.'"
Malcolm E. Stitt,
Albuquerque, New Mexico
"In our way, life, besides being harsh, is supposed to be enjoyable too. Like our old folks, they tell stories and they laugh and enjoy themselves. So laughing is an expression of an emotion, but it also teaches at the same time."
Wounded Knee, South Dakota
"If you can't laugh, there's something wrong. You gotta let it out. If you didn't laugh it would be all bottled up. Then it'd probably come out as anger instead of laughter."
"We are funny."
Ashlyn and Sara,
Queens, New York
"I don't know where the heck laughing comes from.
It's good for your health, I know that much. There's so much sadness in the world, it's a wonder you can even laugh at all.
Like when I lost my lady. I was 25 years with her. I cried plenty. I still wake in the morning and I think, 'Where is she?'
But life goes on. You can't go around being an old grump all the time."
"Laughing is a celebration of the good, and it's also how we deal
bad. Laughing, like crying, is a good way of eliminating toxins from
body. Since the mind and body are connected, you use an amazi
of muscles when you laugh."
Venice Beach, California
"People can laugh when they can cooperate and share an experience together."
Ahwed Abd El Rahwan,
El Fayoum, Egypt