Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. (Victor Hugo, 19th century French author)

Although many people love winter and activities in the snow and on the ice, the word winter often brings thoughts of overcast skies, dreariness, and cold. In the northern hemisphere, we often long to see the bright, warm sun again. Life sometimes has its dreary times, too, and that’s when a friendly smile and a good laugh make the days brighter.

A happy heart makes the face cheerful. … A cheerful heart is good medicine (Proverbs 15:13; 17:22).