Laughter is the best medicine

Last night I watched a “romantic” Russian movie, and this flick cemented once and for all my opinion of Russian men as lovers. They have as much sex appeal as dozing turtles. They seldom smile and don’t seem to be particularly witty. They are great as villains, but a total flop as romantic leads.

I suspect that laughter was outlawed as seditious during the Stalin era and it was never allowed to come back. Definitely not in the Putin era. Vlad’s own smile looks as sincere as Hannibal Lecter’s.

It is almost painful to watch a guy trying to win over a woman without ever smiling or uttering anything funny. The first step to enticing a woman is to make her laugh.

“Qui fait rire l’esprit, se rend maître du cœur. » (Who makes the mind laugh makes himself master of the heart)

Marylin Monroe puts it a little differently:

‘If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.”

Wit and humor are often the keys to someone’s heart. Trying to seduce without these implements, is like attacking a bunker with bows and arrows. According to David M. Buss, humor is an indicator of good genes, and a fitness indicator to display excellent cognitive function.

Laughter is indispensable to all facets of life. If you cannot laugh (especially at yourself), you are condemned to a life of sorrow and loneliness. Nobody likes a sourpuss or a party pooper, hence the bad rap of poor Cassandra. Even though she was not fibbing, nobody believed her.

If you take yourself too seriously, you will lose your ability to laugh, and therefore return to a lower animal state. That’s probably why you never saw Hitler smile. The Gods seeing his perpetual sullen demeanor just demoted him to the state of animalhood.

This is not to say that animals cannot laugh, they can, but in their own way. And when you are not looking, if you are a bad human being, they will even ape and mock you.

If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know the man, don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, or seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you’ll get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he’s a good man… All I claim to know is that laughter is the most reliable gauge of human nature.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Laughter is an indispensable ingredient in your daily diet.  Without it, you will wither and die. People will even pay to listen to somebody who can make them laugh. This is how important it is.

If you feel depressed and sick, it is undoubtedly because you don’t laugh enough.

Alain

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