Saturday, February 03, 2007

"Laughter Yoga"--Celebrating the "Lighter" Side of Life

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingA small article in today's Honolulu Advertiser caught my eye this morning. The headline read,
Free Session of Laughter Yoga .
After giving the where and when the article went on to explain,
Laughter Yoga is a worldwide social movement that aims to promote peace through laughter, based on the philosophy of "acting happy."
Now this is one philosophy I already subscribe to . . . along with subscribing to the Joyful Noiseletter, the monthly publication of the Fellowship of Merry Christians!

Humor and health go well together. Even in politics I will generally be inclined to support those who "do not think more highly of themselves than they ought to think." Those who take themselves too seriously are usually people who ought to be avoided at all costs . . . and should never . . . ever . . . be given too much power over anything important.

Our greatest presidents, for example, almost always will also show up on the list of "most humble" (such as Washington) or "best use of humor" (such as Abe Lincoln, Ronald Reagan or JFK).

The more laughter in the world, the better.

I hear very little humor from the Islamist leaders who foment so much hatred, death and destruction around the world. This in and of itself should be a red flag for their beliefs. I want none of it! The same holds true for unsmiling Christians or anyone else who has forgotten how to laugh.

So, I'm going to give a big, fat, hearty, wholesome two thumbs up for "Laughter Yoga." Perhaps if we could get President Ahmadinajad and President Bush to sit on the floor, do a little stretching on a yoga mat and then say "Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha" before breaking into spontaneous laughter, the world might just begin to look both a little safer and a little saner.