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The riches of laughter

columns Updated: May 13, 2013 23:14 IST
PP Wangchuk
PP Wangchuk
Hindustan Times
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The ability to laugh is a wonderful gift that we human beings are blessed with. It is said some animals too have this laughing ability, but we are not very sure.

Laughter can do wonders. Danish comedian Victor Borge said, it can create the shortest distance between two people.

That means nothing works as well as laughter to bring people together and be one of a sort so that we have a beautiful and an enviable society to live in.

A few moments of laughing sensitises you to the beautiful things around you and you start appreciating life.

This in turn leads you to explore all the positive aspects of life. And hence your life becomes richer and more meaningful.

From the balcony of my house, I see groups of people daily early in the morning in the nearby park to begin their day with a hearty "laughing session".

It is the roar of their laughter that wakes me up and makes me think right at the beginning of the day how to make life simpler and happier with a hearty laugh.

It does not take much time; only that one has to sink in mind the point that keeping a smile and a laugh or two a day makes your day.

Charlie Chaplin had a favourite quote, "A day without laughter is a day wasted."

Laughter is the outburst of truth from your soul.

Just as speaking the truth makes you stronger and positive, laughing too enriches your mind and soul towards creating a better world to live in.

It has the ability to act as a therapist for many of your physical and mental ailments.

Comedian Bob Hope says, "I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful."

And, those who are familiar with social media have this beautiful word 'LOL' popping up quite often. What is it meant for?

Not only to keep yourself in good humour but to let others too be in good humour.