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There Will Be Tears: My Laughter Sounds So Loud
One thing that distinguishes life from the movies or even books is that, in reality, people never do what they're supposed to do. They yell at the people they love when they're deathly ill (instead of tenderly thanking them for their care) or laugh like maniacs during their marriage vows (instead of solemnly swearing their devotion). The video below is no exception. Watch how this 29-year-old deaf woman reacts when she regains her hearing.
What makes this moment so moving and true—even for the nurse, apparently—is the woman's spontaneous burst into tears instead of the standard leap of joy. But note also, what she says—and she only says two things. "I'm listening to myself cry," and "My laughter sounds so loud." Of all the things in the world that she could have heard for the first time—a door bell, a keyboard tapping—her own emotions aren't a bad start.
My idea: Let's all try to listen to our laughter today. Maybe it be as overwhelmingly, infectiously, and unexpectedly noisy as you can make it.
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Dr.Oz on the power of laughter
One woman's story about raising her deaf child
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