Cachinnate means to laugh loudly or immoderately. Cachinnate originates with the Latin cachinnāre (to laugh boisterously, guffaw) and it’s a word of imitative origin modeled after the sound of laughter.
Cachinnate is similar to other imitative origin words about laughter that include khakha, which is Proto-Indo-European in origin, kachazzen, which is Old High German, kachazein, which is Greek, and even the English cackle which derives from the Middle English cakelen. Laughter is a universal language, and to be able to cachinnate is a gift that can lead to better physical and mental health, since laughter is the best medicine!
There are so many reason to cachinnate each day since life can be so utterly absurd and bizarre. Sometimes the best thing you can do is let go and laugh, or cachinnate.
In rough times and tough times, laughter can truly be the best defense and balm. To find the funny in the inane and to give way to raucous cachinnation is the best way to loosen up and ease some of the tension that stress and anxiety can cause. It may not make anything go away, but it can make things a bit more bearable and a scooch easier to tolerate. When was the last time to gave and cachinnated?
Namaste ~ Ella
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