Your Mission In Life – Laughter

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“Being happy is something you have to learn. I often surprise myself by saying “Wow, this is it. I guess I’m happy. I got a home I love. A career that I love. I’m even feeling more and more at peace with myself.” If there’s something else to happiness, let me know. I’m ambitious for that, too.”  Harrison Ford

At his recent lecture in Toronto, Deepak Chopra taught a mantra on which to meditate.  My favourite part of the mantra included shifting your attention to your heart and filling it with these four thoughts:  Love, Harmony, Peace and Laughter.  For me, it is often the laughter that is the most magical and trans-formative element.

During the lecture, Mr. Chopra explained that, based on scientific research, if you are happy, you will make your friends 10% happier.  Your friends will make their friends 10% happier and, even if you don’t know them, their friends will become 10% happier, and so on.   It’s a ripple effect.

When my father heard this statistic about happiness, he was reminded of his friend Howard Norkway.  He told me that many years ago, he and Howard had travelled to the Canadian National Exhibition to see a star performer of the day, Tony Bennett.  As the performance got under way, Tony began telling jokes to the packed audience of around 7,000 or 8,000 people.  Unfortunately for Tony, however, nobody in the stadium laughed at his  jokes.

Disappointed that Tony Bennett’s sense of humour wasn’t working its usual magic, my dad’s friend Howard started to counter the crowd’s reaction by laughing loudly at everything that Tony Bennett said.  My father said that Howard’s laughter was so infectious that the people around them started to laugh.  Within a short time, the people around those people started to laugh too.  Before long, the entire stadium was laughing.  My father said, “The laughter started with Howie then moved right around the whole stadium until the entire audience was roaring with laughter.  My father said, “Howard saved the day!”

For those of us whose mission in life is to save the world, perhaps the best place to start is to just choose to laugh and be happy!