One of the most positive things we can do for ourselves and our world is to laugh more often.
Laughter can be the doorway from misery to joy and it is very infectious. It is very difficult when we are laughing to think negative thoughts. When things get too serious, a good laugh can help.
In The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East, Baird Spaulding describes his meeting with “the laughing disciple”. While traveling with a group of pilgrims through the treacherous territory of the Himalayan Mountains, the laughing disciple would assist the group in their journey by going ahead with laughter and song. When things got even more difficult, his voice would ring out with laughter and lift them so they could continue the journey without any effort.
Just like the travelers in the Himalayans, we too travel the mountain pathways of life and when we raise our voice in laughter and joy, we make the way easier, not just for ourselves, but for others as well.
Does that mean we all have to be comedians? No, but we all can find humor. If you have trouble finding humor in your daily life, watch some funny movies or TV shows.
My personal favorite is Friends. It rarely disappoints me when it comes to making me laugh. If you don’t have something that you know will make you laugh, find something. It will be a gift to cherish when life is a challenge.
Quote of the Week
“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”