is one thing in this good old world that is positively sure—happiness
is for all who strive to be happy, and those who laugh are happy.
Everybody is eligible—you, me, the other fellow. Happiness is
fundamentally a state of mind, not a state of body. And mind controls.
Indeed, it is possible to stand with one foot on the inevitable “banana
peel” of life with both eyes peering into the Great Beyond and still be
happy, comfortable, and serene—if we will even so much as smile.
So goes the wisdom of silent film star Douglas Fairbanks, who, in
addition to his movie career, wrote a number of self-help books. In Laugh and Live,
which was originally published in 1917, he expounds upon his theories
for living a good and happy life. Fairbanks’ formula for
happiness—humility, good humor, and particularly strenuous physical
exercise—is enshrined in this and his other advice books. Download and start listening now!