‘If I had no sense of humour, I would long ago have committed suicide.’ These are the words of Mahatma Gandhi, an ordinary man who made his way through immense troubles, and finally showed us the power of toleration and unruffled sense of humour. This is more or less our sixth sense. People endowed with a sense of humour are able to laugh through life, making it pleasant for themselves, and others around them. Jovial people are extremely popular, and are the cynosure at parties and social get-togethers, adding spice to an otherwise dull party. Their practical jokes cracked humouredly, are never taken personally, and are known to have a good effect on the most straight and sober men. Do not read the next paragraph
You can’t resist reading, isn’t it??? Life is basically what you make of it. You can either go about it, complaining and cursing your fate, or enjoy its ups and downs, taking it in your stride. Nevertheless, we find many people having a pessimistic outlook to life. Such people have developed an attitude of always looking at the darker aspects of life. They find something to brood or grieve over, in the happiest of situations. Hopefully, I am not one of them. On the other hand, we have optimistic people, endowed with a sense of humour. They find something good and humorous, even in the worst of situations, being better able to deal with them. They are thus very effective in lifting their own, as well as the spirits of others around them. This exceptional quality also makes them puncture the vanity of the rich and powerful, who think very highly of themselves. Many successful great men therefore cultivate the friendship of men with a good sense of humour, so as to bring them down to earth, and face to face with reality, in a way that is practical yet unoffending.
From the pages of History
We had the Vidushak in the courts of kings and emperors, who made fun of themselves and the king. They highlighted the common man woes in an appropriate manner, for better appreciation by the royalty. We have heard of many practical jokes of Birbal, a courtier in the court of Emperor Akbar, to bring home a logical point, which he could not have dared to do plainly. He very subtly made the mighty emperor see logic in an unfair decision that had been awarded to a subject. There are however no kings and emperors today, being replaced by ministers, and the prime ministers. The official vidushaks, have in turn been replaced by newspaper cartoonists and journalists. The cartoonist comes up with amusing cartoons, and the journalist with humorous articles, that excite laughter, at the irrational and selfish acts of those in power. They are able to deliver a subtle, yet effective message to the authorities, through their caricature, making them bow to public opinion, that they effectively generate. We had in the recent past, a cartoon of a chief minister charge sheet for corruption, unwilling to step down, and another politician convicted of crime, being sworn in as the chief minister of a state. They had the desired effect, with better sense prevailing on the parties concerned. Thus by humorously projecting the wayward behaviour of powerful politician in cartoons, they make them see reason, and honour public opinion.
Even in our daily lives, humour helps us to maintain our mental balance, by making us unwind, thereby easing the tensions of life. It makes life more pleasing and relaxed. You must therefore cultivate a good sense of humour, by being able to laugh at ourselves, only then can you laugh at the expense of others. Try to find the minimal amount of comic aspects in every task you do. Make fun of your companions and siblings, but in a humorous and nice manner. Last and the most important, make fun of yourself! No, I am not mad yet. This is one of the most ignored but important seed for building an effective sense of humour. If you want to live your life to the fullest, then never be afraid to laugh at yourself. If you take everything too seriously, especially yourself, you’ll wind up fearing every new step you take. You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself and your circumstances! Laughing at yourself doesn’t means acting like a crazy stupid person, it is simply one’s understanding of what others think about them. You will find yourself in a perplexing and dynamic situation after you accord with others’ jokes about you.
‘Laughter is the best medicine’ is a well-known adage. This is also a scientifically acknowledged fact for humour excites laughter. Humour therefore not only make our life more pleasing and worth living, but is also necessary for staying healthy. Perhaps, approaching our daily life’s endeavours with a sense of humour has a lot to do in triggering our endorphins. This makes us feel mentally happier or stable. Whether this is true or not, no one would refute the fact that having a sense of humour at least makes you a more likeable person. Consequently, yielding better results in our every day interaction with other people, such as loved ones, co-workers or a potential employer.