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Laughter is the best medicine

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on October 14, 2009 at 17:52

In Reply to: Laughter is the best medicine posted by David FG on October 14, 2009 at 08:32:

: : Laughter is the best medicine: does anyone know where this originates from? I know there is a reference in the bible, but not sure if there is any other information out there.

: I am afraid I don't know the origin, but it isn't true. It's not a patch on Pethidine.

: Sorry, I'll get my coat...

: DFG

I suspect you're thinking of Proverbs xvii. 22: "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and Brewers' Phrase and Fable both agree that the saying in its present form don't pre-date the 20th century. (VSD)