"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson\r\nMr. Emerson has bestowed much wisdom in that quote. With a family of 7, we have to sit back, laugh and not take life too seriously or risk adversity.\r\nFollowing are the Bacon Family’s top reasons why laughter is so important to us:\r\n1. LAUGHTER REDUCES STRESS. A good laugh from the gut puts things back in perspective while releasing built up tension. A hearty laugh increases hormones like endorphins while reducing stress hormones like cortisol. Now THAT’s a healthy reason to give the kids what like to call and “armpit willy” and get them to laugh so hard our stomach muscles hurts or someone pee’s a little.\r\n2. LAUGHTER HELPS RE-FOCUS. Laughing at your self for silly mishaps can put things back in perspective, while a sense of humor can lighten our day and give us a new outlook on life. I suppose that the next time I find another pair of dirty socks stuffed in the side of the couch, or crayons on the wall, I should laugh instead becoming angry and frustrated!\r\n3. LAUGHTER IS MEDICINAL. Not only does a good laugh reduce stress it boosts immunity. When we take on a lighthearted approach to life, infection-fighting antibodies and immune cells are increased. Why not help improve blood vessel function and decrease blood sugar with laughter? I don’t know about you, but we’d rather laugh than load up on unnecessary supplements.\r\nSo whatever reason you choose to get a little more laughter in your life, make it a priority. Laugh at the occasional trip up the stairs by a passerby or the stranger walking into a glass door. Why? because that stranger is usually me and I’m giving you permission to laugh because I’m laughing at myself!\r\nAs Ethel Barrymore once said, “You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.