Laughter is the best medicine

Taking ourselves seriously is a human trait that can be a double-edged sword.

If you don’t take what you are doing in your life seriously, then how are you going to get where you want to go? And yet, that in itself can make the effort joyless, oppressive and stressful.

I propose that you can be serious and focussed about your endeavours, but enjoy the journey a lot more by bringing in laughter, good humour, and by taking yourself a little less seriously.

As a child I was an avid reader of Readers Digest, but I could only read new editions when we visited my grandmother, who lived about 2 hours away. Upon finding that a new edition had arrived, I would immediately turn to the section ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine’,and it never failed in lifting my mood, even in the dark-clouded teenage years.

Although I don’t often read Readers Digest any more (I’m afraid of being bombarded by direct mail letters for the rest of my life if I subscribe), here are some tips for finding some joy in your day.

  • Hang out with a friend who makes you laugh.
  • Watch a Monty Python movie. I recommend ‘The Meaning of Life’.
  • Laugh with others frequently. If you grew up in a laugh-free household , following the lead of others and laughing when they do can help you develop your own sense of humour over time.
  • Wrestle with your kids.
  • Wrestle with your partner.
  • Listen to a comedy playlist on Spotify

This classic quote says it all:

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.

Mark Twain