While psychologists are still doing research on laughter and its many health benefits, we really don’t need to be experts to realize what a good laugh does to our overall mood.

Laughing is literally the cheapest form of therapy and by far the most pleasant one. It has the power to heal not only your soul, but also your body.

Remember how you felt the last time someone left you in tears after cracking a joke? There is no better feeling.

I love laughing and do whatever I can to get my fair share every single day, even if that means watching a short stand-up comedy show or some funny animal compilation. I just need it to distract my mind from dwelling on negative things that happen every now and then. And it works every time.

Laughter might be the only contagious thing that you actually want to catch. So laugh whenever you get the chance, and laugh hard even when people give you funny looks. The right kind of person will start laughing too, without even knowing why.

Here are 27 quotes about laughter and its healing power:

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

VOLTAIRE (more Voltaire quotes)

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.

CHARLIE CHAPLIN

A good laugh is a mighty good thing, a rather too scarce a good thing.

HERMAN MELVILLE

I will look for the flowers by the side of the road; I will laugh and love and be strong. I will try to lighten another’s load this day as I fare along.

MARY S. EDGAR

As soap is to the body, so laughter is to the soul.

JEWISH PROVERB

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.

JEAN HOUSTON

If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.

EDGAR WATSON HOWE

He who laughs, lasts!

MARY PETTIBONE POOLE

Laugh my friend, for laughter ignites a fire within the pit of your belly and awakens your being. 

STELLA MCCARTNEY

Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

MARK TWAIN

If you can laugh in the face of adversity, you’re bullet-proof.

RICKY GERVAIS (more Ricky Gervais quotes)

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.

LORD BYRON

Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

The person who has a sense of humor is not just more relaxed in the face of a potentially stressful situation, but is more flexible in his approach.

JOHN MORREALL

I have always felt that laughter in the face of reality is probably the finest sound there is and will last until the day when the game is called on account of darkness. In this world, a good time to laugh is any time you can.

LINDA ELLERBEE

I never would have made it if I could not have laughed. It lifted me momentarily out of this horrible situation, just enough to make it livable.

VIKTOR FRANKL

No matter what your heartache may be, laughing helps you forget it for a few seconds.

RED SKELTON

Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

GEORGE CARLIN (more George Carlin quotes)

When we can begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.

KATHERINE MANSFIELD

All I claim to know is that laughter is the most reliable gauge of human nature.

FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we are happy because we laugh.

WILLIAM JAMES
Laughter Quotes-John Cleese

Laughter connects you with people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy.

JOHN CLEESE

Laughter serves as a blocking agent. Like a bulletproof vest, it may help protect you against the ravages of negative emotions that can assault you in disease.

NORMAN COUSINS

You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing. 

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy.

CATHERINE RIPPERGER FENWICK

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

VICTOR HUGO (more Victor Hugo quotes)

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE