“A Day without Laughter is a Day wasted!” – Charlie Chaplin
Do you remember when you had a real hearty laugh, with friends, family or colleagues? Pulled a prank on someone, without the guilt of wasting time or being scorned later. Or read a satirical piece of writing without getting offended or judgemental about it.
I grew up in the time when ‘intolerance’ was just a word in the dictionary. Friends made fun of each other, blatantly and openly but no one called if ‘bullying’. Santa-Banta jokes or other such memes were most common at family dinners and gatherings. No one ever felt de-meaned nor pledged to take legal action. The scene has been changed drastically today. We are neither social or tolerant now, even a small laughter makes us fidgety. Have you ever wondered why?
Laughter clubs or the real hearty laugh!
It was just a couple of days back I read this post on an ‘Online Mom Community‘. A lady had forwarded a joke/ prank which was like – when you click the given link, it takes you to another window showing your profile. With the profile, there is a caption which says “You have duped her of x amount of money.”
It was as simple as that, and anyone having a slightest of sense could catch the trick of being fooled. But all hell went loose on that poor woman for forwarding this prank. She spent her whole day explaining scores of women this is just a prank and apologizing. The replies she received were out and out hateful, some even derogatory. I wonder why? One lady (an educated one, with a reputable job) have even passed the judgment – ‘you should be hanged for this stupid prank’.
We enroll in expensive laughter therapy sessions or join laughter clubs to de-stress our life but a hearty laugh is still rare.
Laughter is contagious –
Yes, laughter is contagious and it spreads like wildfire. Bring laughter in your life, laugh out loud. Our children are looking up to us for every lesson. Teach them to stay happy and smile in every situation. With a positive attitude, half the problem gets resolved itself.
‘There is NO path to Happiness; Happiness is the PATH.’ – Buddha
Empathy, Compassion, Sensibility, and Love are the pillars of social structure. You move one and the whole building gets life-threatening cracks, and with a little displacement of the second pillar whole structure collapses. Our kids are following the same footprints, they do not laugh at hearty jokes, stay aloof, and lack empathy. I keep telling my husband and friends how this young generation really needs social-behavior grooming. I see many teenage kids lack social etiquette, just the other day I saw a pregnant lady waiting for a rickshaw to reach her home. She was clearly troubled when a rickshaw approached suddenly a young girl came from other side and hopped on it. On being asked to vacate for the lady, her answer was rude – ‘this is not the only rickshaw in the entire city.’
This is not one of the incidents, there are many that we encounter every day on social media. Young kids with the strong anti-social approach. Where we as parents going wrong to bring such hatred in young hearts and minds?
Catch them Young and Teach Values
As I mentioned earlier in my posts, I have grown up in full house family – a joint family with granny, grandpa, uncle, aunt, and cousins. Our grandparents were always on the roll to teach us values, social behavior, etiquette, morals, and point out where we went wrong. Today, most of us are in nuclear families and due to extra burden of duties somethings do get neglected. However, we have to re-think what are we neglecting in our responsibility to bring better human beings?
Empathy, compassion, love, and laughter these things are inter-related and should include in child’s upbringing. Basic Golden Words – Thank You, Sorry, May I, Please, Excuse me are just not empty words. These are emotions, values which need crucial for children.
All we need is a little LOL in life. This LOL is just not for responding on forwards but to implement in real too. So next time when you read a joke do a real LOL or ROFL and share with others too. Kids learn from us, so be stress-free, happy, positive, and Laugh out Loud everyone.
This post is written for #BlogchatterA2Z series by Blogchatter, and my theme for this challenge is Gleeful Parenting. Previously from the series –
J for Jumble Bumble.
K for Kind Attention.