May 27, 2024


Truth Triumphs

Bring laughter back into our lives!

Bengaluru, May 4: Laughter, is a remarkable elixir, is the best medicine, and the prescription is unlimited refills. Do you know who said it first? No, not me! We have become so technically advanced that we have forgotten laughter. We have also forgotten to laugh at ourselves! When was the last time you laughed heartily?  “We don’t laugh anymore?” For many people, laughter has become a rarity. For them, life is just too hard and too serious.  Go to work, come home, take care of our responsibilities, and that’s it. There’s no time for laughter. But is that really living? We all can choose to be happy.

As children, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day, but as adults, life tends to be more serious and we have forgotten to laugh! Laughter makes life worth living and you may live longer! Laughter really is contagious—just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile and join in the fun. A laugh is a smile that bursts! Laughter is the only cure for grief.
Laughter, like a sunbeam,
Dances through the air,
A gift we all can share.
It starts with a chuckle,
A giggle, or a grin,
And soon it spreads like wildfire,
From heart to heart.
Let’s laugh our way into others’ hearts,
With jokes, puns, and silly rhymes,
In this world of chaos and strife,
Laughter is the sweetest chime.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the stress of life and forget how to have fun. Laughter is one of the best medicines out there, and it’s free! Laughter is the joy within a person, the freedom of the mind, the flight of the mind, the echo of the heart, and the appreciation expressed through every pore of the body. In a way, this is the worship of nature done by our conscience, lyrical gratitude expressed towards it.

Laughter is your birth right, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. As long as childhood lasts, laughter and happiness remain natural on the face, but as adolescence and youth come, responsibilities increase, and this naturalness of laughter starts disappearing from life.

Smile and smile more often, even to strangers. Forget the formalities, look up into the eyes and smile, spontaneously and naturally! Smiling is the beginning of laughter, and like laughter, it’s contagious. Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

A good sense of humour is a prerequisite. The heaven of comedy is full of stars who made it big by laughing at themselves. For a starter laugh at yourself! I often look in the mirror and wonder who that old man is? Embrace your imperfections! It is a good practice not to laugh at others! Self-deprecating—not self-debasing—humour is especially good at shrinking the distance between us! Counter-intuitive as it may seem, laughing at oneself can increase self-confidence, too.

It dispels gloom, lightens our hearts, and weaves joy into the fabric of our lives. Woes and worries often take centre stage! Laughter jets in, adorned with a twinkling cap and a mischievous grin. It dances across our lips, leaving behind a trail of sparkling elixir. Laughter defies gravity. And oh, the healing power it wields! Laughter stitches up our emotional wounds! For in those moments, you’ll discover that laughter isn’t merely medicine; it’s the sweetest symphony echoing through the corridors of our hearts. It helps you release anger and helps you to forget and forgive sooner.

Be more spontaneous. Laughter helps you forget resentments, judgments, criticisms, and doubts. Meditate as often and for as long as necessary on the Great Paradox of human life: your utter cosmic insignificance and immense cosmic importance. This helps to put life’s affronts, macro and micro, into perspective.
Did Genghis Khan laugh at himself? And if he did, did anyone dare to laugh with him? Everyone had a good laughter at Hitler’s moustache! Did Hitler laugh at himself! If he did he would have avoided being a Hitler! Chaplin didn’t just capture Hitler, but every dictator who has followed in his goose steps!

Life is not only what is visible, there is a lot in life that is invisible but is an important part of our life. Learning to laugh again is key to living a happy and fulfilling life. By finding humor in everyday situations, we can reduce stress, improve our mood, and increase our overall well-being. So, the next time something goes wrong, don’t be so quick to get upset. Take a step back, relax, and try to find the funny side of things. Who knows? You may just find that you’re able to laugh again.

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