How long has it been since you laughed out loud with joy? Did that question surprise you? I am sure it did. And if your heart has lost the art of laughter; who or what is to be blamed? Whatever it be that steals your joy; it is best to find a way to smile and laugh with all your heart once again!
Why is the rediscovery of laughter important? It is important because there is truth in the saying “Laughter is the best medicine.” It is good to remember when we were children we used to frolic with laughter often. Its melody was like a gurgling stream!
But how in the world did we lose it?
And how can we get it back again?
These are questions of the highest importance and they demand an answer.
In that classic short story A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens describes the miserly Scrooge realise that he still got a chance to change his selfish ways. It was Christmas morning as he woke up from his encounter with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. He starts laughing even as he says “I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy.” Dickens says that “for a man who had been out of practise for such a long time it was a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh. The father of a long, long line of brilliant laughs. “
Yes dear friends, you and I need to rediscover laughter in our lives. And one way to do so is to stop being in love with oneself. Why not change your thinking? Why not start giving a part your time, talent and treasure to put a smile on someone’s face? Why not do something to make the dream of someone else come true? That was what Scrooge did to translate his laughter to action. He gave generously to those he once despised. Likewise your joy too can become permanent.
You can enhance the quality of your physical health and emotional well-being through laughing often.
You can make and keep friends if you laugh with them in your outings.
You can find relief to your stress and see problems in its proper perspective if you can have a hearty laugh.
Above all, you can increase intimacy in your relationships and enjoy life by finding ways to laugh together with your loved ones.
So why wait? This day and hour and moment is right to start laughing again. Rediscovering laughter in your life can save you from depression and can bring back confidence to your life. It can add charm and charisma to your personality. And if you ask me, one simple secret to rediscover laughter in your life is the practise of a thankful heart. Be thankful for blessings small and big. And you will laugh with bubbling joy.
Let not adverse circumstances ruin your joy. Hope and pray for the best in all situations. And perhaps you too like Sarah in the Bible, who against all odds got a promised son in her old age, can say “God has brought me laughter!”
Friends, I wholeheartedly wish you the rediscovery of laughter in your lives. Remember that even 3000 years ago the wise King Solomon observed, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Undoubtedly, the rediscovery of laughter is the best choice you can make to stay healthy and strong.
Bible Quotes (New International Version): Genesis 21:6, Proverbs 17:22
“You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever”
— King David’s experience as recorded in Psalm 30:11, 12.
[Sackcloth was worn by people in great sorrow during those times.]
“When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.’ The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” (Psalm 126:1–3)