17 Poems About Laughter

Be inspired to laugh, smile, and grin by these poems about laughter. Poems on laughing are great reminders of the benefits that laughing brings. They say, "laughter is the best medicine", we agree. When you are feeling down or discouraged sometimes a good laugh can change your outlook. Another saying that reinforces this is, "laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone". And one of our favorite sayings about laughter is from e.e. cummings, "the most wasted of all days is one without laughter". So, make sure you laugh every day, you will feel better and people like to be around people who are happy and can share a laugh! We all need to do this more!

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  1. Why Don't You Laugh
    Poet: Unknown

    Why don't you laugh, dear boys, when troubles come,
    Instead of sitting 'round so sour and glum?
    You cannot have all play,
    And sunshine every day;
    When troubles come, I say, why don't you laugh?

    Why don't you laugh, dear girls? 'Twill ever help to soothe
    The aches and pains. No road in life is smooth;
    There's many an unseen bump,
    And many a hidden stump
    O'er which you'll have to jump. Why don't you laugh?

    Why don't you laugh? Don't let your spirits wait;
    Don't sit and cry because the milk you've split;
    If you would mend it now,
    Pray let me tell you how:
    Just milk another cow! Why don't you laugh?

    Why don't you laugh, and make us all laugh, too,
    And keep us mortals all from getting blue?
    A laugh will always win;
    If you can't laugh, just grin -
    Come on, let's all join in! Why don't you laugh?

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  3. Laugh
    Poet: F. W. Sanderson

    'Tis by the heart the secret's told,
    'Tis by the smile we're young or old,
    'Tis as the life its joy shall hold,
    It is the laugh reveals the soul.

  4. Laughter
    Poet: Edgar A. Guest

    Laughter sort o' settles breakfast better than digestive pills;
    Found it, somehow in my travels, cure for every sort of ills;
    When the hired help have riled me with their slipshod, careless ways,
    An' I'm bilin' mad an' cussin' an' my temper's all ablaze,
    If the calf gets me to laughin' while they're teachin' him to feed
    Pretty soon I'm feelin' better, 'cause I've found the cure I need.

    Like to start the day with laughter; when I've had a peaceful night,
    An' can greet the sun all smilin', that day's goin' to be all right.
    But there's nothing goes to suit me, when my system's full of bile;
    Even horses quit their pullin' when the driver doesn't smile,
    But they'll buckle to the traces when they hear a glad giddap,
    Just as though they like to labor for a cheerful kind o' chap.

    Laughter keeps me strong an' healthy. You can bet I'm all run down,
    Fit for doctor folks an' nurses when I cannot shake my frown.
    Found in farmin' laughter's useful, good for sheep an' cows an' goats;
    When I've laughed my way through summer, reap the biggest crop of oats.
    Laughter's good for any business, leastwise so it seems to me
    Never knew a smilin' feller but was busy as could be.

    Sometimes sit an' think about it, ponderin' on the ways of life,
    Wonderin' why mortals gladly face the toil an care an' strife,
    Then I come to this conclusion—take it now for what it's worth
    It's the joy of laughter keeps us plodding on this stretch of earth.
    Men the fun o' life are seeking—that's the reason for the calf
    Spillin' mash upon his keeper—men are hungry for a laugh.

  5. A Chuckle
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

    When shadows cast their gloom upon my soul,
    And burdened heart feels lost within the night,
    A fleeting smile can still my thoughts so cold,
    Dispelling doubt, igniting purest light.

    For in laughter's sweet embrace I find reprieve,
    As it unravels knots of sorrow's weave.
    Though serious the path may seem to be,
    A chuckle reminds us life is more carefree.

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  7. The Laughter Of Grandchildren
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

    Grandchildren, I've found
    Are often oh so sound
    At breaking down our walls
    And making us laugh at it all

    Laughter at life abounds,
    But the sweetest one resounds
    From smiles of our grandchildren true
    That brings laughter for me and you!

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  9. Grin, Grin, Grin
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

    A good laugh can take away the blues
    It is up to us, we can choose.
    You always feel better when you
    Have a good laugh, that is so true.

    Find a reason to laugh each day
    Otherwise, you'll find yourself going gray.
    Don't hold it in,
    Laugh and grin, grin, grin!

  10. First Laugh
    Poet: Althea Randolph

    I thought the silvery rippling notes
    Were sung by trilling bird;
    But now I know the merry tones
    Were Baby's laugh I heard!

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  12. A Laugh
    Poet: Ripley Dunlap Saunders

    A laugh is just like sunshine,
    It freshens all the day.
    It tips the peak of life with light
    And drives the clouds away.
    The soul grows glad that hears it
    And feels its courage strong;
    A laugh is just like sunshine
    For cheering folks along.

    A laugh is just like music,
    It lingers in the heart,
    And where its melody is heard,
    The ills of life depart;
    And happy thoughts come crowding
    Its joyful notes to greet;
    A laugh is just like music
    For making living sweet!

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  14. Laughter
    Poet Henry R. Elliot

    Are you worsted in a fight?
    Laugh it off.
    Are you cheated of your right?
    Laugh it off.
    Don't make tragedy of trifles,
    Don't shoot butterflies with rifles —
    Laugh it off.

    Does your work get into kinks?
    Laugh it off.
    Are you near all sorts of brinks?
    Laugh it off.
    If enjoyment you are after.
    There's no recipe like laughter —
    Laugh it off.

  15. Four Things
    Poet: Dorothy Parker

    Four be the things I am wiser to know:
    Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
    Four be the things I’d been better without:
    Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.

    Three be the things I shall never attain:
    Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.
    Three be the things I shall have till I die:
    Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.

  16. The Happy Man
    Poet: Ellen Johnston

    Laugh on, laugh on! thou happy man,
    While life is young and bright.
    For it is not in old withered age that man can
    And delight;
    Laugh on - and be what thou hast been -
    And when that thou art gone,
    Thy memory will be cherished in records yet unknown

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  18. Sing A Song
    Poet: Florence Adella Bertels

    Sing a song of victory,
    A heart brimful of cry
    Can be soon changed to laughter,
    A song will drown a sigh.

    Sing of truth that fails not,
    Of God who never sleeps;
    Sing with confidence in Him
    Who His people keeps.

    Sunlight chases shadow.
    Healthful thoughts chase gloom;
    Then good cheer and courage
    In the heart find room.

    Sing a song of victory,
    Life's strings all in tune;
    Singing Faith will soon transform
    Night to day's full noon.

  19. Keep your face with sunshine lit; - Laugh a little bit.
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  20. Laugh A Little Bit
    Poet: Edmund V. Cooke

    Here's a motto just your fit.
    Laugh a little bit.
    When you think you're trouble hit.
    Laugh a little bit.
    Look misfortune in the face.
    Brave the beldame's rude grimace;
    Ten to one 'twill yield its place
    If you have the wit and grit
    Just to laugh a little bit.

    Keep your face with sunshine lit; -
    Laugh a little bit.
    Gloomy shadows off will flit
    If you have the wit and grit
    Just to laugh a little bit.

    Cherish this as sacred writ,
    Laugh a little bit.
    Keep it with you, sample it
    Laugh a little bit.
    Little ills will sure betide you,
    Fortune may not sit beside you.
    Men may knock and fame deride you.
    But you'll mind them not a whit
    If you laugh a little bit.

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  22. Laugh
    Poet: Unknown

    Build for yourself a strong box,
    Fashion each part with care;
    Fit it with hasp and padlock,
    Put all your troubles there.
    Hide therein all your failures,
    And each hitter cup you quaff,
    Lock all your heartaches within it.
    Then sit on the lid and laugh.

    Tell no one of its contents;
    Never its secrets share;
    Drop in your cares and worries,
    Keep them forever there.
    Hide them from sight so completely
    The world will never dream half;
    Fasten the top down securely,
    Then sit on the lid and laugh.

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  24. I Love A Laugh
    Poet: Effie May

    I love a laugh, a wild, gay laugh,
    Fresh from the fount of feeling.
    That speaks a heart enshrined within,
    It's joy revealing.

    I love a laugh, a wild, gay laugh:
    O, who would always sorrow,
    And wear a sad and woful face.
    And fear the morrow?

    I love a laugh - this world would be,
    At best, a dreary dwelling,
    If heart could never speak to heart,
    It's pleasure telling.

    I love a laugh - it cheers the heart
    Of age, bowed down with sadness,
    To hear the music in the tones
    Of childhood's gladness.

    Then frown not at a wild, gay laugh.
    Or chide the merry-hearted;
    A cheerful heart and smiling face
    Should ne'er be parted.

  25. Why In The World
    Poet: Herbert Kaufman

    Why in the world do you want to carry
    Things that annoy and harass and harry?
    Stop them and drop them, a new day is here,
    Squeeze a laugh from it instead of a tear.

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  27. The Road To Laughtertown
    Poet: Katherine D. Blake

    Would ye learn the road to Laughtertown,
    O ye who have lost the way?
    Would ye have young heart though your hair be gray?
    Go learn from a little child each day.
    Go serve his wants and play his play,
    And catch the lilt of his laughter gay.
    And follow his dancing feet as they stray;
    For he knows the road to Laughtertown,
    O ye who have lost the way.

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We hope these poems about laughter remind you to laugh every day. As Friedrich Nietzsche once said, "And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh."

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