Menticulture - New Orleans Times—democrat
( Originally Published 1901 )
JANUARY 26, 1896
Our Mr. Horace Fletcher has written a book which we all have read, emphasizing the value of calmness and its importance to health. " Don't worry and don't get angry," is the substance of his message to us. It means to all who will seriously undertake to practice this cheerful philosophy a divided increase in the world's jollity. Whatever else we forget we must remember to be gay.
Don't forget to laugh. Laugh when you are happy, laugh when you are amused, laugh at yourself for being miserable, and laugh at yourself for being bored. There is always something to laugh at; and even when one is reduced to laughing at one's self, that is very much better than to be " glum.'
This is what laughter does for a woman: It keeps her heart young. It makes her like people for the sake of the pleasure they give her, and they, in turn, like her. It makes her step buoyant. It keeps her eyes bright. It keeps her face from wrinkling. It is a beatific second to no other one. It does for the muscles of the face what exercise does for those of the body—keeps them supple and prevents them from falling into those stiff and settled lines which mean old age.
There is no situation in life, except, of course, the inevitable tragic moments, that may not be bettered by laughter. It is hard to burlesque one's griefs and annoyances, but it can be done, and it is worth doing. To travesty one's emotions and to make a mockery of one's annoyances may not seem to be the highest form of philosophy, but it is not so low a one as to fret over trials and grow pessimistic over personal woes.