Mulla Nasrudin listened very attentively while a stranger told a long story in the coffee-house.
But the man spoke so indistinctly and muffed his punchline so badly that the story was not funny at all, and except for the Mulla no one laughed. But the Mulla laughed heartily.
“Why did you laugh, Nasrudin?” I asked him afterwards when the stranger had left.
“I always do,” replied Nasrudin. “If you don’t laugh, there is always the danger of their telling it over again.”
People have their own reasons. Even laughter is business like; even laughter is economic, political. Even laughter is not just laughter. All purity is lost. You cannot even laugh in a pure way, in a simple way, childlike.
And if you cannot laugh in a pure way, you are losing something tremendously valuable. You are losing your virginity, your purity, your innocence.
Excerpts from A Sudden Clash of Thunder by Osho
Man experience many emotions in his life. Happiness, sorrow, tears, boredom, laughter, anger, frustration, love, jealously, hurt. And laughing is the most purest form of emotion.
We often laugh because we're happy, but laughing can also make us happy - and healthy. Laughter releases endorphins, neurotransmitters that have pain-relieving properties similar to morphine and are probably connected to euphoric feelings, appetite modulation, and the release of sex hormones. Studies have shown that laughter boosts the immune system in variety of ways. The amount of stress hormones are also reduced by laughing. So when you feel better after laughing, you really are happier and healthier.
Laughing is also a full body workout. Some researchers estimate that laughing 100 times is as much of a workout as 15 minutes on an exercise bike. Laughter increases blood oxygen; and strengthens internal muscles by tightening and releasing them. One doctor says that 20 seconds of laughing works the heart as hard as three minutes of hard rowing.
So if you feel like you're getting sick or you don't have much energy, stop worrying about going to the gym or the health center. You just need to find funnier friends.
In words of Michael Pritchard - “You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.”