Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.
Getting as much humour as possible into our daily life is very important since it is a great way of coping up with stress and getting a break from our busy work schedule. The solution to the issue of monotonous tasks at work is to add humour and laughter which brighten up our day and give us some extra energy to work.
Humour and therefore laughter comes with a lot of benefits. First of all, when we laugh, we also make the ones around us happier. Not to mention the fact that we will be healthier, more attractive, more confident and more energetic. Nowadays, humour has become an essential part of our life because it can improve our moods and view towards life.
Osho's quotes on humour and laughter
This is worth considering. It is significant. The first thing to understand is that except for man, no animal is capable of laughter. So laughter shows a very high peak in the evolution of life.
If people could laugh totally every day for at least one hour, without any reason, they would not need any other meditation. That would be enough, because while you are laughing you cannot think. While you are laughing you cannot be in the past, you cannot be in the future: you have to be here now. Laughter can open a door to the ultimate.
The secret of the joke is that it brings you to a point where you are expecting, expecting, expecting that this is going to happen; then it never happens. And what happens is so sudden... and because you were expecting something... you were coming to a tension, and then suddenly something else happens, and the tension has come to such a climax that it explodes. You are all laughter. It is a tremendous release, it is a great meditation. If you can laugh totally, it will give you a moment of no-time, no-mind. Mind lives logically with expectations, laughter is something that comes from the beyond. Mind is always guessing what is going to happen, groping. And something happens which is absolutely contrary to its expectations, so it simply stops for a moment.
Laughter is the best medicine. Laughter brings strength. Now, even medical science says that laughter is one of the most deep-going medicines nature has provided man with. If you can laugh when you are ill you will get your health back sooner. If you cannot laugh, even if you are healthy, sooner or later you will lose your health and you will become ill.
Laughter is tremendously healthy. Playfulness is as sacred as any prayer or maybe more sacred than any prayer, because playfulness, laughter, singing, dancing, will relax you. And only the truth is possible in a relaxed state of being. When you are totally relaxed, in a state of let-go, the impossible starts happening, the miracle starts happening. Let-go is the secret of meditation.
Osho on Zen Master Hotei - Laughing Buddha
In Japan, there lived a great mystic, Hotei, who was called as laughing Buddha. He was one of the most loved mystics in Japan, and he never uttered a single word. As he became enlightened, he started laughing, and whenever somebody would ask, Why are you laughing? he would laugh more. And he would move from village to village, laughing.
A crowd would gather and he would laugh. And slowly -- his laughter was very infectious -- somebody in the crowd would start laughing, then somebody else, and then the whole crowd was laughing -- laughing because.... Why were they laughing? Everybody knows, "It is ridiculous; this man is strange, but why are we laughing?"
But everybody was laughing; and everybody was a little worried, "What will people think? There is no reason to laugh." But people would wait for Hotei, because they had never laughed in their whole life with such totality, with such intensity that after the laughter they found their every sense had become more clear. Their eyes could see better, their whole being had become light, as if a great burden had disappeared.
People would ask Hotei, "Come back again," and he would move, laughing, to another village. His whole life, for near about forty-five years after his enlightenment, he did only one thing and that was laughing. That was his message, his gospel, his scripture.
In a few Zen monasteries, every monk has to start his morning with laughter, and has to end his night with laughter. It will be difficult, living in a family set-up, to suddenly laugh early in the morning. But do try it; it's worth getting out of bed laughing. Yes, for no reason at all. Isn't it good to be alive?
Nowadays we have all the internet and media to watch quality text/video jokes to burst into laughter ! Isn't it a great idea to make use of technology to tickle our funny bones?
Mullah Nasruddin is a satirical Sufi figure whose name is used in numerous stories to add a touch of wit and humour. His funny anecdotes make people burst into fits of laughter. Osho has told plenty of Mullah Nasruddin stories (jokes) and here are few samples for you to enjoy !
Laughter yoga (Hasya yoga) is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. Laughter yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. Laughter yoga is done in groups, with eye contact and playfulness between participants. Forced laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter.
Laughter yoga was made popular as an exercise routine developed by Indian physician Dr.Madan Kataria, who is the author of the book 'Laugh For No Reason'. He later developed 'Laughter Clubs' and now there are more than 8000 Laughter Clubs in 65 countries.
Laughter is easily stimulated in a group when combined with eye contact, childlike playfulness and laughter exercises. Fake laughter quickly becomes real. Laughter Yoga brings more oxygen to the body and brain by incorporating yogic breathing which results in deep diaphragmatic breathing.
Clinical research, on Laughter Yoga methods, has proved that laughter lowers the level of stress hormones in the blood. It fosters a positive and hopeful attitude. It is less likely for a person to succumb to stress and feelings of depression and helplessness, if one is able to laugh away the troubles.