“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”
Many of us have had to give up some of the things we use to do. Things just seem to cost more these days, that coupled with falling incomes, shrinking savings has meant that many of us have had to modify our life styles. Personally I think some lifestyle modification is not a bad thing for many folks, especially young people who have not wanted for much.
What is neat is that there is so much we can enjoy without spending an arm and a leg. All we have to do is open our minds, do a little checking and then show up at festivals, museums, performances and such. I know that when the purse is empty we won’t last long if we just sit back and mope. Fortunately the best therapy for the doldrums is humor. It is hard to cry if you are laughing so hard that you forget what there is to cry about. The humor I supply every day is as much for me as for you for I love to begin the day with a smile.
A few years ago someone sent me the following advice that was taken from an article by Robert Holden, I think he is right on.
Laugh your head off!
How wonderful it is to laugh! Instinctively, we know that there is something magical, nourishing and uplifting about laughter, particularly the warm, whole-hearted laughter that arises spontaneously between friends, loved ones and even occasionally a stranger. The entertainer, Victor Borge, once commented, “laughter is the shortest distance between two people”.
Physicians, philosophers and priests of all cultures have forever acknowledged the healing properties of laughter, a happy frame of mind and a joyful heart. In the Bible, for instance, it is written, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). I like the words, in particular of Jonathan Swift who wrote, “The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet and Doctor Merryman”.
Two thoughts: 1) “The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed, 2) “Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they will never cease to be amused”. The greatest happiness of all is to know that happiness needs no reason. Indeed,
“Laughter needs no reason.
A smile needs no reason.
Love needs no reason.
Kindness needs no reason.
They are gifts for free –
life’s true treasures.”
Can you remember a time in your life when you were happy for no reason at all? All of a sudden you were surprised by joy. It bubbled up as if from nowhere. Your smile was almost too big for your face, your heart wanted to leap out of your chest, and your whole body rung like a bell. “I’m happy!” you cried. “I wonder why?” you thought. “I must know why?” you demanded. And just then, the joy appeared to die.
Children are often happy without reason – it is a part of their charm. Often you can catch a child laughing for the fun of laughing, smiling for the sake of smiling, playing happily with happiness. It both amuses and saddens me to think that, when a child laughs for no reason at all we think it wonderful, but when an adult laughs for no reason at all we immediately fear for his or her health! The point is, who ever said happiness needs a reason?
Give up all thoughts that happiness needs a reason. Practise “unreasonable happiness.” Laugh for no reason – it will entertain everyone! Smile for no reason – smiling always triggers curiosity.
So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter.
Gordon W. Allport
At his request, each morning three-year-old Ray’s mother pinned a bath towel to the back shoulders of his size two T-shirt. Immediately in his young imaginative mind the towel became a brilliant magic blue and red cape. And he became Superman. Outfitted each day in his “cape,” Ray’s days were packed with adventure and daring escapades. He was Superman.
This fact was clearly pointed out last fall when his mother enrolled him in kindergarten class. During the course of the interview, the teacher asked Ray his name. “Superman,” he answered politely and without pause.
The teacher smiled, cast an appreciative glance at his mother, and asked again, “Your real name, please.” Again, Ray answered, “Superman.”
Realizing the situation demanded more authority, or maybe to hide amusement, the teacher closed her eyes for a moment, then in a voice quite stern, said, “I will have to have your real name for the records.”
Sensing he’d have to play straight with the teacher, Ray slid his eyes around the room, hunched closer to her, and patting a corner of frayed towel at his shoulder, answered in a voice hushed with conspiracy, “Clark Kent.”
“Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.
Two rich men were talking over coffee and croissants at their country club one day and one of them said to the other one, “Hey, I tell you my driver is really stupid… you don’t think so? Let me show you.” And he called his driver Ah Beng over and said, “Jim, here is a 10 dollar bill, go to the car showroom and buy me a Mercedes.”
To which Jim replied, “Yes Sir! Right away!” and rushed off to the showroom. The rich man turned to his friend and said, “See, I told you he was stupid.”
The other rich man said, “That’s nothing, you want to see stupid, I will show you stupid.” And he called his driver, Ali: “Ali, go home now and check to see if I’m at home.”
Ali said, “Yes Sir!! Right away, Sir” and ran home.
“See what I told you? He doesn’t even have enough brains to know that I cannot be at home if I am here.”
Later on, the two drivers met on the road. Jim said to Ali, “Eh, you know my boss is sooo stupid. He gave me 10 dollars and asked me to go to the car showroom and buy him a Mercedes…..Doesn’t he know that today is Sunday?? The showroom is closed!”
Ali replied, “You think he is stupid, huh? My boss is sooo much worse, he asked me to go home to check if he is at home….He’s got a cellphone, right, he can just call home to check!!!!”
My wife will buy anything marked down. Last year she bought an escalator.
There’s this little guy sitting inside a bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for half-an-hour. Then, this big trouble-making truck driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down. The poor man starts crying.
The truck driver says: “Come on man, I was just joking.
Here, I’ll buy you another drink. I just can’t see a man crying.”
“No, it’s not that. Today is the worst day of my life. First, I overslept and was late to an important meeting. My boss, outraged, fired me. When I left the building for my car, I found out it was stolen. The police said they could do nothing. I got a cab to return home, and after I paid the cab driver and the cab had gone, I found that I left my whole wallet in the cab. I got home only to find my wife was in bed with the gardener. I left home and came to this bar. And when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink the darn poison …”
We laugh a lot. That’s for sure. Sure beats the alternative, doesn’t it?
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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