Joseph J. Mazzella

I find myself laughing a lot more these days. It isn’t a mean laughter that hurts others’ feelings, either. It is rather a laughter of wonderful delight that makes my heart feel light, my body feel great, and my soul feel pure joy. It is a laughter that comes when things go right and when things go wrong. It is a laughter that finds humour and bliss in all the ups and downs of life. It is a laughter that comes from loving God, loving life, loving myself, and loving others.


I think that laughter often goes hand in hand with both love and joy. When we choose love and when we choose joy, we also choose laughter. This is because when we love God, ourselves, and others we can’t help but feel joyous. And when we feel joyous we can’t help but share it with the world through wondrous and delightful laughter. I think that God must often laugh in delight too as He watches over us with loving eyes and a joyous smile.


Don’t be afraid to laugh. Don’t hold it back. Let it out. Let it fill your heart, soul, mind, and voice. Let it brighten your day. Let it travel from you to all those around you and fill the air with its sweet, joyous music. William Blake once wrote “The Angel that presided at my birth said: ‘Little creature, formed of joy and mirth, Go, love without the help of anything on earth’.”


Let’s all make the angels that watch over us and the God who made us smile with delight at our lives then. Let’s all choose to love each other, share joy with each other, and laugh together. Let’s all laugh all through the day, at every chance we get, and at everything that brings humour and delight into our lives. Let’s laugh at the puppy chasing her tail, at the baby giggling at our funny faces, and at the countless silly things we say and do. Let’s laugh at the problems life gives us and the good times life brings us. Let’s always live our lives with laughter, love, and delight.

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