A New Contagion for a New Year?

From A Christmas Carol: It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour. Charles Dickens As Richard Gunderman explains, this classic tale teaches us the source of true joy. “To really live, itContinue reading “A New Contagion for a New Year?”

Wise (and Unwise) Laughter

“Mr. Darcy is not to be laughed at!” cried Elizabeth. “That is an uncommon advantage, and uncommon I hope it will continue, for it would be a great loss to me to have many such acquaintances. I dearly love a laugh.” “Miss Bingley,” said he, “has given me more credit than can be. The wisest and theContinue reading “Wise (and Unwise) Laughter”

When (and How) to Laugh

All things have their season . . . A time to weep, and a time to laugh. Eccl. 3:1, 4 Didymus the Blind (313-398) tells us that there are two kinds of weeping, one praiseworthy, one reprehensible; and likewise with laughing. Laughter is destructive when it proceeds from “a life which is prone more toContinue reading “When (and How) to Laugh”