Laughter is God's sunshine.
Why is laughter important to our health?
Humour plays an important role in our lives. It is a beneficial tool to our health, social and
business. It is one of the simple joys of life.
"A Day without Laughter is a Day Wasted!" Charlie Chapin
And Milton Berle said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.”
Forgetting and laughing is better than remembering and being sad.
“Life must be lived with love and humour. Love to understand and humour to endure.”
The pragmatic philosopher, William James, said, "We don't laugh because we’re happy, we
are happy because we laugh.”
The benefits of laughter are too numerous to ignore.
Our five senses are not enough for ideal living. We need to use our sixth sense: Sense of
Mahatma Gandhi who went through a lot of crises to attain freedom for India, said,” I would
have long ago committed suicide if I had no sense of humour.” Such is the great power that
lies behind the sense of humour.
A lighter moment:
Diner: Waiter, why is my chicken all burnt black?”
Waiter: Sir, it is mark of respect. Our chief cook died yesterday.
Customer: I don’t like the food here. It’s terrible. Call the manager.
Waiter: Sorry Sir, he has gone out for lunch.
Why laughter is essential for our good health?
Laughter has a great therapeutic value. According to medical science, laughter helps us to
breathe deeply and this oxygenates our blood, stimulates circulation, aids digestion,
stabilises the blood pressure and massages our vital organs.
There are now thousands of laughter clubs all over the World practicing laughter yoga. They
form regular groups, get together in the garden and start laughing non-stop for 5 to 10
minutes. It loosens them up and releases them from worries and stress. All this is attributed
to the extra oxygen that we inhale in. It is a great antidote to reduce tension.
Laughter is also an excellent exercise for our facial muscles. When we laugh, our face gets
an increased flow of blood, which nourishes our facial skin and makes it glow.
Many of us go for a facial massage. What does the masseuse do? She will massage our face
to lift our lines up to give us a glow and make us look young. We are happy. But when the
massage is over and the masseuse hands us the hefty bill, all our lines fall back to their
original place and we are back to square one.
But have we ever wondered that a good hearty laughter does the same trick; lift up all our
face lines up and gives us a great glow? All free of charge!!!
Yes, doctors will endorse that laughter is still the best medicine for a sick patient.
Dr Norman Cousins, professor at University of California, School of Medicine, found that 15
minutes of laughter every day enables a person to sleep better.
He calls laughter “the body’s internal jogging”. It helps to eliminate stress and tension.
Study also shows that we need a minimum of 12 laughs a day to stay healthy
Laughter does not cost a penny. It is a great antioxidant, free from salt, no cholesterol, no
msg, and no trans fat. Truly, it is a pure great supplement.
On a lighter note:
A doctor while driving noticed his patient taking a walk. He stopped his car and said to him,
“Hi! I am glad to see you taking a walk home.”
The guy replied, “No choice Doc, I had to sell my car when I got your bill.”
Patient: Doc, give me something that will stimulate me, excite me and put me in the fighting
Doctor: Don’t worry. You’ll find all that in your bill.
How does it help in business
Humour in the business or workplace brings about an air of relaxation.
A relaxed mind is a happy mind and a happy mind thinks and works better.
In States, many corporations now have what they call a Humour Break, where the Boss and the
staff share jokes with one another to have a good laugh. This has proved to be very refreshing
during the stressful work and has helped to boost the productivity in the organisation.
In business presentation, humour helps to bring about a cheerful atmosphere and this helps to
bridge the gap between the speaker and the audience.
On a brighter side:
During a Humour Break, the boss was telling jokes to his staff and everyone was laughing,
“Mary,” asked the boss, “Why aren’t you laughing today?”
Mary replied, “I don’t have to Boss. I quit job on Friday.”
Why is it useful In Social life.
Injecting humour spices our conversation – just like spices flavour the food and make it more
We can use Humour with great success on happy occasions, cocktails and celebrations, like
Marriages, Birthdays, or Anniversaries where we get to say a few words or propose a toast. It
livens up the atmosphere.
On a lighter side:
The other day I attended a Church wedding. At the altar stood the bride and the groom
looking at each other with love and affection. The bride said to the groom, “My little peach.”
The groom said to the bride,” My sweet plum.”
And the preacher said,” I now pronounce you Fruit Salad.”
When a man holds a woman’s hand, before marriage it is love. After marriage, it is self-
Two women were having a chat. One said to the other, “You are wearing your wedding ring
in the wrong finger.” The other replied, “Yes, I know. I married the wrong man.”
How do we enhance our sense of humour
Develop a cheerful attitude.
When getting up in the morning, with enthusiasm let us say, “Good Morning, God” and not,
“Good God, it’s morning!!!.
Let us always wear A SMILE. It is the most beautiful attire and is the best way to dress up
and improve our looks.
Mix in the company of jolly and optimistic people. Seek one who communicates with you in
laughter, for laughter can turn a sad day into a joyful one.
Humour is international. Every nationality enjoys humour. SO LET US TAKE TIME TO
LAUGH – IT IS THE MUSIC OF THE SOUL.
Let me conclude on a personal note. When I am out on a cloudy day with friends, I am the
first one to know when it starts to rain. Do you know why? Because I am bald!
By Rewa Mirpuri.
(Author /compiler of 3 humour books.)