Laughter is a therapy that costs nothing, but is most effective



As human beings, one of the greatest gifts we have is the ability to laugh and strive to driving away tension and enmity. Maybe, some animals too have this laughing ability, but we do not know for sure. But that is beside the point.

Laughter, as Danish comedian Victor Borge said, is the shortest distance between two people. That means nothing works as well as laughter to bring people together and be one of a sort so that we have a beautiful and an enviable society to live in.

A few moments of laughing sensitises you to the beautiful things around you and you start appreciating life. This in turn leads you to explore all the positive aspects of life. And hence your life becomes richer and more meaningful.

From the balcony of my house, I see groups of people gathering daily early in the morning in the nearby park to begin their day with a hearty “group laughter”. It is the roar of their laughter that wakes me up and makes me think right at the beginning of the day how to make life simpler and happier with a hearty laugh. It does not take much time; only that one has to sink in mind the point that keeping a smile and a laugh or two a day makes your day. Charlie Chaplin’s favourite quote must be always kept in mind, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

Laughter is the outburst of truth from your soul. Just as speaking the truth makes you stronger and positive, laughing too enriches your mind and soul towards creating a better world to live in. It has the ability to act as a therapist for most of your physical and mental ailments.

Comedian Bob Hope expresses somewhat similar sentiments when he says, “I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”

And, those who are familiar with social media, have this beautiful word ‘LOL’ (laughing out loud) popping up without fail. What is it meant for? Not only to keep yourself in good humour but to let others too be in good humour. It is here that when you have nothing to say, just dash out an LOL. One of my followers on Facebook gets no chain of mind until I respond to her postings religiously. That shows how one can act as an instrument of change with very little effort or means. If one remembers that the world changes only if you change, then the stage is for you to play on!

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