“Playing so foolish a little game brings laughter — who could patty-cake and be solemn about it? — and laughter is an ideal method for getting rid of one’s emotional poisons. Laughing people slough off their useless fears and rages, the worries that do them no good and get them nowhere, their bitternesses, their envies and their hatreds.
“Too many people regard humor and laughter as nothing more important than pleasant by-play, when as a matter of fact, it has healing in it. He who laughs gives play to his expansive emotions, and in that process relaxes.
“Laughing people are social people. Others are attracted to them. Many a joke, followed by a good laugh unites people in fellowship …
“Perhaps it is the sheer foolery of patty-caking that has made it so tremendously popular in a time of national strain. If that is what it does for people, let it prosper. Seldom within the past half century and more have people had so great a need of wholesome laughter as they have today …”
I think it reminds us that laughter, wherever you find it, even in a childhood game, is the best medicine.
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