Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Famous Quotes on Laugher and Well-Being

Motivational Quotes on Laughter Benefits

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

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A fun and effective way to strengthen your well-being is simply to laugh. Laughing at something funny is such a simple act, but it offers a wide variety of benefits – from relieving stress to building relationships. Here are some famous quotes on laughter and well-being to motivate you to enjoy humor whenever you can:

“We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.” - William James

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” - Charlie Chaplin

"Laughter heals all wounds, and that’s one thing that everybody shares. No matter what you're going through, it makes you forget about your problems. I think the world should keep laughing.” - Kevin Hart

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive.”  - Bill Cosby

“I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.”  - Maya Angelou

“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” - Bob Newhart

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” - Mark Twain

“I think laughter is the best medicine. If you can't laugh at yourself, then you can't laugh at life and the silliness of it all.” - David Hasselhoff

"We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.” - Ellen DeGeneres

“Laughter is carbonated holiness.” - Anne Lammott

“It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

“The highest state is laughter.” - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

"I think laughter is a sacred act.” - Tom Shadyac

“Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection.” - Jakob Smirnoff

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” - Milton Berle

“I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that.” - Linda Ellerbee

"There is little success where there is little laughter.” - Andrew Carnegie

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” - Jean Houston

“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” - Woody Allen

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” - Victor Borge

“A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.” - Shirley MacClain

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.” - Khalil Gibran

“Laughter is one of the best medicines around for relieving stress and for creating a more healthy spirit. And, one of the greatest aspects is that it is totally free and can be done by anyone." - Byron Pulsifer

“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful." - Bob Hope

“When you lose your laugh you lose your footing.” - Ken Kesey

“You cannot be mad at somebody who makes you laugh – it’s as simple as that." - Jay Leno

“Daily laughter has been shown to elevate our moods, promote creativity and give us more energy.” - Robin Sharma

“When we feel joyful, euphoric, happy, we are more open to life, more capable of seeing things clearly and handling daily tensions.” - Leo F. Buscaglia

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” - Charles Dickens

“Laughter can bring a new perspective.” - Christopher Durang

"Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” - Eileen Caddy

“If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane.” - Robert Frost

"Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.” - Norman Cousins

“Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it.” - L.M. Montgomery

“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” - George Gordon Byron

“Laughter is poison to fear.” - George R.R. Martin

“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” - Erma Bombeck

“If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know someone, don't bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good person.” - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” - William Shakespeare

“If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” - Swami Satchidananda

“The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.” - Bennett Cerf

“People who stop laughing are always the ones who get hurt.” - Josh Sundquist

“You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.” - Stephen King

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