“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
Pure, innocent laughter is the most obvious sign of the joy we feel in our hearts. It is also a powerful and instant way of spreading that joy all around you. Today we want you to notice what that feeling is inside you, just before you laugh.
That feeling is your source of happiness. It’s a sense of freedom, insight and delight born of the upsurge of spiritual bliss. It is as if our soul catches a cosmic wave of happiness and rides along with it.
Our meditation today is aimed at making you more conscious of these waves of bliss moving through your being. With this increased awareness you can ride them throughout your day with a smile on your face, and laughter in your heart. Your joy is contagious and your happiness will expand as your smile travels to one person after another.
Our centering thought for today is: Life makes me smile and laugh.
Our Sanskrit mantra for today is: Kleem Upahasa; I attract joyful laughter.
Laughter is a physical reaction in humans and some other species of primate, consisting typically of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli. Laughter can arise from such activities as being tickled, or from humorous stories or thoughts. Most commonly, it is considered a visual expression of a number of positive emotional states, such as joy, mirth, happiness, relief, etc. On some occasions, however, it may be caused by contrary emotional states such as embarrassment, apology, or confusion such as nervous laughter or courtesy laugh. Age, gender, education, language, and culture are all factors as to whether a person will experience laughter in a given situation.
Laughter is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations. Laughter is used as a signal for being part of a group—it signals acceptance and positive interactions with others. Laughter is sometimes seen as contagious, and the laughter of one person can itself provoke laughter from others as a positive feedback. This may account in part for the popularity of laugh tracks in situation comedy television shows.
The study of humor and laughter, and its psychological and physiological effects on the human body, is called gelotology.
This definition of laughter is courtesy of Wikipedia.com