As much as we love new year resolutions, it’s also evident that you’d keep only half or even lesser of them. I promised myself I’d go to gym but look at me now, I’m typing with one hand while I’m munching on a donut.
Although, a lot of you would debate on whether to run more, eat healthier, work harder or even giving time to your loved ones but I bet none of you considered laughing more as a resolution.
It’s sad that people focus on health but do not give way to happiness and laughter. After all, laughter is the best medicine and it seldom comes into the scene.
Take a second to visualize the situation the world is in current, crimes are spreading like a disease. There’s terrorism, rape, murder, racism, discrimination, social injustice and what not. It’s only a matter of time before you’d never consider yourself safe while you’re out, again.
It’s true that this world is not for those who are selfless, kind and generous. They get pushed aside by many and suffer as a result of immoral actions.
Comedy and Laughter gives us a hope. Humor gives us a way to ease the burden that others have, to bring a smile on a sad face, to fill blood in every vein. A joke may have a couple of lines and may last only a few seconds but it’s so much more than than. It’s a story waiting to be heard, it is an observation waiting to be unpacked. It should remind you not only of the present but also, of a hopeful future.
Keeping my favorite humorists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in mind, I can say that they are pioneers and comedians who have pushed labels aside. They’re hopeful, goal-oriented and are driven by their own dreams. They are well-researched and running towards their destiny while making others chuckle in between. These rare minds use comedy for the good of the society and use their humor to help billions of people with a handful of jokes. Their refreshing commentary and their will to tackle topics that are considered taboos is very difficult to achieve through a usual conversation. From general news to politics and sports, they have proved that humor can bring a lot more than just a few laughs.
Humor also lightens up usual scenarios from dates to speeches. The content should be genuine, authentic and soothing. Jokes might be politically incorrect or correct but they offer a lens into the society and help us understand that the world is not a perfect place to live in and doesn’t need to be either.
If you look at it through science, it tells us that laughter increases happy hormones in the body, thus reducing stress and decreasing cortisol. It even helps you to burn calories and protect against harmful diseases. It even helps with ones confidence.
While we can’t go back and change the year that went, we can certainly look forward to the future and hope that it is much brighter and full of laughter. Humor is like taking a Pill for any disease, it helps you to be positive and sane. And you know what? That is exactly why we should seek out for laughter more often.
Of Course, it wouldn’t help you solve issues of the real world. But as it turns out, it would definitely help you cope with them and it’s a great place to start.
Humor helps you heal and provokes happy thoughts, it brings communities and all kinds of people together. It is a magnetic force that pulls us all together. It can cast a light in a room full of darkness and help us all push the evil forces away. It is a symbol of hope and optimism- A ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. It’s the light that helps you balance and reflect your own actions, it’s an ability to carry on with our own life despite having such circumstances all around.