Laughter is the language of the soul.

Pablo Neruda

A toast of Emeritus Pinot Noir over dinnerIn our modern world, for all of our scientific and technological advances, laughter is still a necessary part of human life. No matter how far we advance, it remains vital in the same way that the fermentation part of winemaking cannot be improved upon, only the conditions under which it happens. 

Laughter relieves stress and physical tension, and boosts the immune system. Shared humor unites people, prompting better emotional health and resilience in the face of stress. It’s even been shown that those who laugh genuinely and often tend to live longer, and are happier in doing so—a double shot of quantity and quality. (More on the health benefits of laughter here.)

Laughter is wine for the soul—laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness—the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.

—Sean O’Casey

So at your next dinner party or game night, be sure to share laughs over your plate or hand of cards, and raise a glass to toast with good cheer. 

To your health!