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JUST FOR LAUGHS
We all know that laughter is good for the soul because it makes us feel happy. So, what things get in the way of our laughter? Likely, it’s the same things that get in the way of our happiness. There’s a lot of annoying things in our lives that might go away if we remembered to laugh, rather than react.
We could probably all find a lot more reasons to laugh if we didn’t take ourselves so seriously. And so, maybe the best place to start is for us to learn how to laugh at ourselves. If nothing else, it might lighten us up more. And why not? In the words of Joan Rivers: “Everyone gets so easily upset about the wrong things. Life goes by fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It’s all funny.” In fact, as Dr Seuss says: “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”
I’m sure if we began to look for ways to laugh at what holds us back from laughing, we would be a lot happier. It’s liberating when we become aware of what’s holding us back from seeing all the “funny things everywhere.”
And… if you’re a guy, think of what Marilyn said above. I’ve always found that quote to be good for a laugh. And maybe good advice too! Ha, ha
Perhaps some of the quotes below might help to remind us how important it is for us to laugh more.
“I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.”
― Maya Angelou
“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.”
— Jean Houston
“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.”
― Lord Byron
Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.
— Mark Twain
“An optimist laughs to forget; a pessimist forgets to laugh.”
— Tom Nansbury
“As soap is to the body, so laughter is to the soul.”
— A Jewish Proverb
“I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.”
― Billy Joel
“If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, 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 man.”
― Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.”
― Veronica Roth
“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.”
― George Bernard Shaw
“If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane.”
― Robert Frost
“Laughter is wine for the soul - laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness - the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.”
― Sean O'Casey
“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.”
― George Bernard Shaw
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.”
― Audrey Hepburn
“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”
― Mark Twain
“Laugh whenever you can. Keeps you from killing yourself when things are bad. That and vodka.”
― Jim Butcher
“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. 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?”
― Sri S. Satchidananda (The Yoga Sutras)
“Laughter is carbonated holiness.”
― Anne Lamott
“God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.”
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
― Victor Borge
“Laughter is America's most important export.”
― Walt Disney
“You have as much laughter as you have faith.”
― Martin Luther
“Everyone has a sense of humour. If you don't laugh at jokes, you probably laugh at opinions.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy
“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.”
― Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
“Laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity...When people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently.”
― Gretchen Rubin
“Anything with the power to make you laugh over thirty years later isn’t a waste of time. I think something like that is very close to immortality.”
― Stephen King
“Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either”
― Golda Meir
“People who stop laughing are always the ones who get hurt.”
― Josh Sundquist
“There's nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn't even have to matter what they're laughing about.”
― Criss Jami
“You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.
― Michael Pritchard
“Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.”
― William Hazlitt
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT
This the first in a series of five Elysium narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.
After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.
An engaging and sometime surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality, and our ultimate destiny.
The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of existence.
The following comments are excerpts from among the first readers including a number of Amazon five star reviews. To read the full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on www.elysiumspassage.com or directly at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/reader-reviews
"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture, and humour; Mr Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures the imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional world.”
"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…"
“Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next. The characters are very well written and engaging. I can't wait to complete this book!"
“Takes the reader on both a philosophical and spiritual journey, a journey that at times is both disquieting and tranquil. James, a British Philosopher can be irreverent and caustic, traits that should have left me cringing, but instead made me laugh out loud. Elysium’s Passage is a fun, enlightening and remarkable book.”
“This is a masterful fantasy, becoming a real possibility, as the reader is drawn into the story. The Summit leaves you anxious for the next book in the series, yet also leaves you totally satisfied with the world you have just visited. Genius! An exciting, yet calming, experience that is not to be missed."
"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters, kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."
“N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."
"I am really enjoying your book, it’s fantastic! It is so incredible and diversified that I can’t really explain it to other people, so what I say is just read this book. Thank you so much for the blessings that you’ve given the world!"
“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”
“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous thought-provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humour together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”
“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”
“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.
“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr. Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”
“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)
“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.” (CLARION REVIEW)
PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows:
THE ASCENT summer 2021
THE SUMMIT summer 2021
QUANTUM LEAPS fall 2021
SURREAL ADVENTURES spring 2022
MYSTICAL ROMANCE summer 2022
HE ELIXIR fall 2022
THE RETURN sometime in 2023/24