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Laughter-The Best Medicine!

In the 1960s, Norman Cousins, the then editor of the Saturday Review discharged himself from hospital, locked himself in a hotel room, and proceeded to watch Marx Brothers movies and Candid Camera episodes. Cured, he wrote a book on the incident, became a household name in doing so, and his experience has been studied and debated by medical researchers ever since.

Scientists have speculated for decades on the link between laughter and health, citing endorphins and other biological pathways to explain the effect. The bottom line is that we all know we feel better after a good laugh. So while the medicos get busy researching the hows and whys, we’ll just get laughing.

Here are some gems on the topic of mental illness, shrinks, and people in general. Enjoy!

Insanity is just a state of mind. Alan Alda

I said to my psychiatrist: ‘I keep thinking I’m a dog.’ He told me to get off his couch. Rodney Dangerfield

Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change. Anon

Normal is just a cycle on the washing machine. Whoopi Goldberg

He has turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he’s miserable and depressed. John McClenahan

One out of four people is mentally unbalanced. Think of your three best friends. If they seem all right then you’re the one. Slappy White

Of all the things I’ve ever lost, I miss my mind the most. Mark Twain

I went to the doctor the other day and he said I was a paranoid schizophrenic—well, he didn’t actually say it, but we know what he was thinking. Lily Savage

I’ve been married seven times—all to women named Brenda. It’s just a coincidence. The psychiatrists can make anything they like of that, but as my mom, Brenda, used to say… Otis Lee Crenshaw

Being in therapy is great. I spend an hour just talking about myself. It’s kinda like being the guy on a date. Caroline Rhea

A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. A woman must do what he can’t. Rhonda Hansome

Always look out for number one and be careful not to step in number two. Rodney Dangerfield

People who live in glass houses might as well answer the door. Morey Amsterdam

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened. Cora Harvey Armstrong

A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car. Carrie Snow

Never be afraid to try something new. Noah was an amateur; the Titanic was built by professionals. James Prentice

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut the bitch up with cookies. Anon

Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the windows. Jennifer Unlimited

I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows. Jannette Barber

Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Fortunately this is not difficult. Charlotte Whitton

I try to take life one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once. Jennifer Unlimited

When women are depressed they eat or go out shopping. Men invade another country. Elayne Boosler

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house. Zsa Zsa Gabor

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine a marriage and a career. Gloria Steinem

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. Eleanor Roosevelt

For sincere advice and the correct time, call any number at random at 3 am. Steve Martin

“Conversation” is when three women stand on a corner talking. “Gossip” is when one of them leaves. Herb Shriner

My neighbor asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him of course he could, so long as he didn't take it out of my garden. Eric Morecambe

All publicity is good, except your own obituary notice. Brendan Behan

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book. Cicero, circa 43 B.C.

When he said we were trying to make a fool of him, I could only murmur that the Creator had beaten us to it. Ilka Chase

If you’re going out of your mind, I suggest you pack light. It’s a short trip. Anne Robinson

When you said you went to university, presumably it was to be studied by others. Anne Robinson

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. Mark Twain

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing. Emo Philips

The first piece of luggage on the airport carousel never belongs to anyone. George Roberts

A man goes to the doctor with a strawberry growing out of his head. The doctor says, “I’ll give you some cream to put on that.” Tommy Cooper

I just got the bill for my operation. Now I know why those guys wear masks. Jim Boren


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