Laughter is one of humanities greatest gifts. We can’t tell if any
other species laugh. We suspect some do. Dog owners will try and
convince you their dog smiles and sometimes even laughs. Scientists
studying primates will try and convince you that within their social
structure they laugh. But for the moment we only know for sure that we
So, go and find an old joke book or an old film or a new one for that
matter, or read some cartoons or just spend some time with a friend
that always makes you howl – then spend some time laughing. It’s good
for the soul. It’s great for relieving stress. It releases happy
hormones in to your system and it makes you feel great.
Spend more time laughing!
As I finished writing that last sentence my other half walked in with
a cup of tea for me – she read the page then said: “I laugh in your
face every day!” I replied “You laugh in my face but I laugh at your
face!” We then had a good laugh. (When I say ‘we’ I mean ME – she just
wanted to tip the tea on my head!)