laughter is the best medicine

The idea of the beneficial effects of laughter upon the health is an ancient one; e.g. PROVERBS xvii. 22 (AV) A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Older English expressions of the concept include laugh and be fat (attested from 1596) and laugh and be well (1737); hence ‘Laughter, the Best Medicine’, the title of a long-running jokes feature in the Reader’s Digest. Cf. the best doctors are Dr Diet, Dr Quiet, and Dr Merryman.

1992 MIEDER Dict. American Proverbs 362 Laughter is the best medicine.

2002 Washington Post 21 Jan. C10 Who could argue with the sage advice that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,..or laughter is the best medicine?


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  • laughter is the best medicine — Laughing is often helpful for healing, especially emotional healing …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Laughter is the best medicine. — something that you say which means that it is good for your physical and mental health to laugh. A visit from Camille always makes me feel better she s so hilarious. It s like they say, laughter s the best medicine …   New idioms dictionary

  • (the) best medicine — the best ˈmedicine idiom the best way of improving a situation, especially of making you feel happier • Laughter is the best medicine. Main entry: ↑medicineidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • the best doctors are Dr Diet, Dr Quiet, and Dr Merryman — Cf. a 1449 LYDGATE Minor Poems (EETS) 704 Thre lechees [doctors] consarue a mannys myht, First a glad hert..Temperat diet..And best of all, for no thyng take no thouht. Cf. laughter is the best medicine. 1558 W. BULLEIN Government of Health 50v I …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • medicine — medi|cine W3S2 [ˈmedsən US ˈmedısən] n [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: Latin medicina, from medicus; MEDICAL] 1.) [U and C] a substance used for treating illness, especially a liquid you drink ▪ Medicines should be kept out of the reach… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • medicine — noun 1 (C, U) a substance used for treating illness, especially a liquid you drink: take medicine: Have you taken your medicine? 2 (U) the treatment and study of illnesses and injuries: He studied medicine at Yale. | homeopathic medicine 3 the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • best — see all’s for the best in the best of all possible worlds the best is the enemy of the good the best of friends must part the best of men are but men at best the best things come in small packages the best things in life are f …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • laughter — see laughter is the best medicine …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • medicine — see laughter is the best medicine …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • laughter club — (LAF.tur klub) n. A group of people who meet regularly to laugh, often for therapeutic reasons. Example Citation: Madan Kataria, the Indian physician who is the originator of laughter clubs and World Laughter Day ... started the first laughing… …   New words

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