Inner Peace, Humor, and Laughter

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“It doesn’t matter what amazing things you accomplish until you have inner peace and joy; once you have inner peace and joy, it doesn’t matter what amazing things you accomplish!”
Joy-of-life and inner peace includes large doses of humor and mirthful laughter.

Striving can be stressful.

Negative emotions are anhedonic. Not only do turmoil, fear, panic, depression, anger, boredom, guilt, worry, self-pity, or distress of any kind, block pleasure, enjoyment, fun, and true mirthful laughter, they can interfere with healing, too.*

The Symptoms of Inner Peace” is an inspiration that came to nurse and spiritual teacher, Saskia Davis. I was astonished and delighted to discover recently that she published it in March of 1984. There must have been quite a vortex of good energy that year because it’s the same month and year I felt called to explore, learn, and teach about humor and laughter as therapeutic allies.

Soon after that calling, I found Davis’ list. It became a useful set of guideposts for my spiritual and psychological growth through, as she puts it, “the discipline to live the choices listed there.” Many of my psychotherapy patients found this list helpful as a way to estimate where they were on their personal path to well-being.

If you are on the path of having more humor, laughter and well-being in your life, you might like it, too.

[According to Saskia Davis’ website, what is presented below is the original arrangement of the text.]
Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many already have been exposed;  and it is possible that people, everywhere,  could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what, up to now,  has been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.
Signs & Symptoms of Inner Peace
A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
A loss of interest in judging other people.

A loss of interest in judging self.
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
A loss of interest in conflict.
A loss of  ability to worry.
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Contented feelings of connectedness with others  & nature.
Frequent attacks of smiling. 
An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
An increased susceptibility to love extended by others and the uncontrollable urge to extend it.


If you  have  some or all of the above symptoms, be advised that your condition of inner peace may be too far advanced to be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of  these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk.     © 1984


*A more complete discussion of this concept can be found in my webinar, “EMOTIONAL EDUCATION: FEELINGS – Understanding Emotions to Enhance Well-Being”

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Steve Wilson

Award-winning psychologist, Steve Wilson, also known as The Joyologist and The Cheerman of the Bored, has spent 30 years specializing in applied and therapeutic humor with a humanitarian mission. As Director of National Humor Month, he intertwines science and ancient wisdom with substance and humor to create practical methods to lead the world to health, happiness and peace through laughter. More than six thousand people have completed his unique training in how to create therapeutic laughter, and tens of thousands more around the world have been uplifted by his talks, classes, books, and articles. He established the World Laughter Tour, Inc., in 1998, to be a rich resource and inspiration for improving productivity, health, and well being in business, healthcare and education. For more information and