9 Poems About Laughter

Be inspired to laugh, smile and grin by these poems about laughter. There 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 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.

  2. 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?

  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. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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