It is rumored that when she was young, her peels of laughter rang in the streets of her little neighborhood. She lived with us when I was growing up, and I remember her as my constant partner in mirth. She connected to my childlike sense of humor as naturally as she did to grown-up wit.
When my husband-to-be proposed to me years later, she was a strong advocate for the match,
her conviction based on the fact that he laughed a lot, hence would keep me happy.
Humor may help individuals find perspective on their loss thus leading to less depression
and a greater purpose in life. Certain therapy models, such as laughter yoga, encourage laughter
to calm the stress response and perhaps even lead to a mystical experience of transcendence.
with a lived past and an anticipated future. With the ability to look into the future came too
the realization of impending dangers and our eventual demise.
This not only infused life with fear, it also created the desire to beat biological existence
and find meaning by belonging to something more eternal than the finite self.
Meaning provided the stability that the emotional upheaval of life did not,
and humor allowed us to move past the chaos of constant change by focusing
on the larger perspective and seeing the absurdity of most of our insignificant worries.
and traditions into account. Joshua Greene stresses the importance of connecting
to one’s own individual experience with another’s pain and of exposing ourselves
to cultural experiences so as to build empathy. Jonathan Haidt calls for greater perspective,
humility and a general acceptance and appreciation of all moral matrices.
I may remind her of her contagious peals of laughter at her brother’s attempts at comedy
Nurturing the kid in her and enabling her to appreciate the absurd
and the unexpected will undoubtedly fuel her imagination and contribute to her growth.