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"I happy on you."
"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
"In the Navajo tradition we have what we call Chi Dlo Dil, or a Laughing Party, for a newborn. The Laughing Party is the first laugh you hear from a child. It's usually around six weeks.
It's the baby's first expression to the world, saying 'I'm ready to interact.'
Before that, the baby is still in the soft world and you aren't supposed to put anything hard and fixed on the body, or they may take on those qualities. But after the laughing party, you can give the baby jewelry or bracelets or other decorations.
At the party everybody sits around the baby and has a big meal and plays with the baby. The person who makes the baby laugh first plays an important role in the child's life."
Shiprock, New Mexico (Navajo Nation)