Laughter – a spontaneous overflow of fun, a stress reliever, a mood changer, a health therapist…not only provides a cushion to our emotional hurts but also helps us in dealing with the jolts of life effectively.
I have written about laughter therapy to remain emotionally healthy yet it is not listed under the most popular posts!
Why do we forget our laughter skills, as we grow older and resilient?
Humor is the most difficult genre for writers and most of the jokes degenerate below a decent level. That’s why yoga instructors have been promoting self-laughter. Probably Laughter Shows add hilarity sounds for the same purpose!
“The burden of the self is lightened when I laugh at myself,” observed Rabindranath Tagore.
I have been told many times to laugh softly but I always dismiss that advice…how can you decide how much to laugh? Isn’t that weird? I wonder how people can close their mouth and laugh!
I have never learnt to laugh gently as I didn’t want to. The real power and therapeutic effect of laughter lies in what comes from our heart, without any ifs and buts.
I have faced many stern looks of my hubby but did I ever care?
When I laugh…it just goes out loud and clear! Whenever there was a loud laughter in our staff room, our Principal assumed one of those must be me! Once she heard that and came to reprimand but I didn’t happen to be there, luckily! So much for my reputation!
Another scenario, which is embedded in my memory is laughing in libraries, when, as youngsters, we had to face the stern eyes of the librarian and ran out to laugh…such is the power of spontaneous laughter!
This Book Makes Me Laugh Like My Grandchildren!
This book came as a birthday gift for my granddaughter, Athena but nobody paid any attention to it as it said, “Take away the A.” A book about alphabets is considered to be useless in the modern times when alphabets are available in colorful forms, puzzles and each toy sings an alphabet song!
It also appeared to be weird because it had sentences on one page, which could be of no interest to a child of two as most of the books at this stage are pictorial with little stories or rhymes.
The book sat at the bookshelf till one day I decided to read it for my fun-loving grandson who just likes to open books, collects all of them around him and gets distracted within a moment.
This grandma is different, I told myself! No such tricks with me! When nobody takes interest in a book, I read it to myself to draw their attention and most of the times it works. Sometimes I change my voice to convey the emotion and attract their response.
This book caught their attention beyond description! The innovative style of the author is incredibly remarkable.
Each letter is mentioned in such a manner that no child can miss the fun that this book stimulates.
When you take away the ‘A’, BEAST is BEST!
Without the ‘B’, BRIDE goes for a RIDE!
This book plays with letters in a creative manner to take away one alphabet and create a new word.
It doesn’t just highlight the ABCs but also introduces words in an interesting and humorous manner.
Without the ‘C’, CHAIR has HAIR!
‘JAM I AM’ is equally funny.
Once we discovered the fun, it became our favorite book and is now read everyday.
When you take away the L, PLANTS wear PANTS.
The moment we reach this page, we all break into peals of laughter.
We must have read it a hundred times but the fun never seems to wane.
Children don’t wait for humor to laugh…they create their own funny situations and even inspire us to laugh heartily…that is why they are called the flowers of our garden, always lending warmth and fun to our lives.
“A good time to laugh is any time you can.” – Linda Ellerbee
Do you laugh loudly or do you think it is embarrassing? I am waiting eagerly for your answers.
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