“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”
– Audrey Hepburn
Life is sometimes hard and cruel. There’s so much scope in which to feel battered, bruised and negative in the way you perceive the world around you. Bad news can make three trips around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.
It doesn’t have to be this way. There’s one way to fight the fight against the doom and gloom, moreover, it’s free, but priceless in value.
It’s called a smile, and it goes hand in hand with laughter.
Smile. When you smile, others people feel happy. A smiling face evokes happiness and opens the door for a laugh. Most people find it hard not to return a smile, so instantly; you’re on to a winner.
And spreading laughter is the next best thing to laughing yourself. When you set out to spread laughter, you’re also spreading joy, happiness, and love for other people. Long considered “the best medicine”, laughter has power; it can brighten the mood, and help people to feel good about themselves. A challenging day can be lightened, made tolerable, and tears transformed by a good laugh; turning them into tears of joy, mirth and release.
If you can inject laughter into other people’s lives, you will be giving a gift that is priceless, one that allows people to focus back on the joy of living instead of always seeing the hardships and challenges of life.
Enjoy the things happening around you and comment on this, either via jokes or humorous observations. The nasty, unremarkable and tedious aspects of life can be made bearable by adopting the weapons of laughter and humour to combat them. People have managed to raise a chuckle by observations on subjects as varied as office life to doing the chores and trying to catch spiders. It’s much more enjoyable to laugh about the ironies of what we humans do to ourselves to get into the situations we do than to whine and bemoan our fate.
Life’s filled with contradictions and absurdities. Assume that it is better to laugh about this reality than to weep about it and encourage others to feel the same way. Realise that it’s a strange, beautiful and ridiculous world out there and our own actions often contribute to the silliness of it all. And the simple act of smiling, even for no particular reason, can lift your mood. Remember the old adage to put on a happy face even when feeling down? Well, it’s true.
Smiles are contagious. Spread the infection.
What can possibly be better?