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"The Good Housekeeper" 1841
In Victorian America, the widowed Mrs Hale was something of a cross between Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey. Much of the little tome, picked up long ago on an adventure in Washington, D.C., is dry and practical. Then every so many pages, the "wisdom of the day" passed to modern sensibilities- makes giggles erupt like water welling over the top of the fountain.
In the spirit of Mrs. Hale who dispensed all sorts of advice on health and well-being : in Lydialand, laughter is good medicine. It doesn't require a prescription, but prevents all sorts of maladies of the stomach and spirit.
Laughter is an aphrodisiac of the first order. Never fall in love unless he can make you laugh.
Laughter is an asset. Keep some stored away for an emergency
Laughter is one indulgence that carries no calories, and unless it is at someone else's expense, no guilt.