There is a place that you are to fill that no one else can fill - something you are to do that no one else can do.

~ Plato (428/427 BC ~

Laugh: It’ll Do You Good

September 8th, 2011 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 42 secs

Laugh as often as required. If humor persists giggle at your doctor.

To laugh is to do something fundamental. Not only is it fun but whenever life doesn’t work out, a laugh provides much needed soothing relief.

When you laugh you’re changing your mind in a healthy way. Not by will but release. Having a good laugh allows your irritability and frustration to wash away.

True, it isn’t always easy to laugh. Stuff happens; at work for instance. When someone gets nasty, you hardly feel like smiling, let alone having a laugh.  So I guess wanting to laugh depends on decision. Sometimes, seeing the fun in things is a choice.

Back when I was a teen (when dinosaurs ran around the yard) life was simpler, as was our sense of humor. When the school principal signed school notes as “G.I. Newitt” we thought it was hilarious. Just like his throat clearing.

Once a week before lunch on Thursdays, we had assembly which in itself was hardly a laughable experience in itself. Predictably, Mr Newitt would get up and deliver a speech so dry it even left him parched and gasping.

The crushing boredom of these measured monologues forced us to resort to desperate measures. So we counted his dry throat clearing coughs, just for a laugh.

“Thirty-one, thirty-two…”

Whole rows of witless students, bored beyond sanity, would amuse themselves by counting his coughs and pretending not to laugh.

“Forty-three, forty-four…”

Actually, we looked for the ridiculous in everything. Which perhaps was a good way of handling our challenges. When you are young you laugh a lot more. But by the time you get to adulthood, your natural amusement tapers off. So what happens if you flick the switch in reverse just a little?

You might not want to laugh hysterically like the people in Tanganyika who “suffered”  a laughter epidemic back in 1962. But how about a laugh or two extra  a few times every day?

Basically anything bothering you deserves a laugh in some shape or form. No need to be nasty, just silly. Like the road-raging driver you encountered. Picture them wearing polka-dot shorts and giant chicken feet! Imagine that spiteful person you know starting to bark uncontrollably.  Or visualize your angry boss naked on a bar stool! Use your imagination to steer your mind to the funny side, and if you need a laugh ot two, go out of your way to find a few. It’ll do you good.


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