Smiling And Laughing
One of the most adoring gifts by the
Almighty to the human race is SMILING and LAUGHING.
GOD has been generous in supplying this
commodity to each and every individual irrespective of sex, age, region,
health and financial status and every one of us is able to produce smile
or laugh under any circumstances. Even to day the researchers are making
deeper studies to fathom out the mystery behind producing a good laugh or
smile which has become the exclusive privilege for human. The
therapeutic effect of this strange emotional expression in curing
varieties of ailments is being proved convincingly and even the science of
YOGA has recommended it centuries back.
With in a few days of its birth a newly born
infant is able to smile being its first expression to the world, saying
“I am ready to interact”. That is the body language with which
universal communication is possible even amongst deaf and dumb.
If human life didn’t have laughing, that
would be boring and that is what makes life fun. If you can’t laugh, there
is something wrong. You have got to let it out when you feel like making a
hearty laugh as it is a kind of release and an expression of an emotion.
It takes a little bit of humility when you can laugh yourself. Certain
occasions you are provoked to laugh unmindful of the seriousness of the
There was a tragedy when an old man had lost
his son in the army while he was fighting the enemy and the last rituals
were going on in the traditional army fashion. His grand daughter who was
only 3 years old at that time and standing just behind him remarked
jovially that grand father was not having single hair on his head. The gathering including that old man had to
control their laughter with great effort. Man is also provoked to laugh at
people who are in trouble-not so seriously- like slipping over a banana,
losing the umbrella in the heavy wind, ill dressed etc. it is very
difficult for those victims to control their irritation-but a very few
people are also able to laugh along with the others.
There is so much sadness in the world; it is
a wonder you can laugh at all. Laughing is actually an enjoyment and
also contagious as the laughter of one person can itself provoke laughter
from others with out actually knowing the cause. Due to brain damage some
unfortunate people in the society produce inappropriate laugh which should
be viewed sympathetically. Some times we here comments like don’t be a
“laughing stock”. It implies that don’t indulge in doing nonsensical
activities there by society is amused by your antics. Some times people
also fake laughing when they couldn’t not understand that joke for which
majority are laughing.
We also fake it just to get the good
impression of individuals who are to be pleased and buttered. It is also
used as weapon of mockery by over doing it. Just to prove their
versatility in acting there are new comers in acting who will demonstrate
varieties of laughter with different sounds and modulation, like a villain
in front of a famous director. We have seen specimens where attempt is
made to laugh and swallow it with out producing any sound. Some peoples’
laugh will be with unbearable sound that you are waiting when they are
going to stop. When the dose of comedy is to the extreme you tend to shed
tears and if you are a weak man there is every chance of pulling some
On extreme tragedy we tend to laugh off the
crisis with the tinge of sarcastic. There are instances in the history
that great natural humorists had cut jokes even at the time of dying.
There are certain jokes that you could enjoy it again and again in spite
of its repetition. Actually not only the dialogues but also the body
language of the artists provoke laughter and if the rendering of the words
and phrase are well timed the joke takes the maximum effect. There are
certain individuals who are gifted naturally to cut jokes with least
effort. It requires a high degree of intelligence and also human
psychology to be a master joker. But getting jokes out of the miseries of
others or by wounding the feelings of a section of the people is only in
bad taste and must be avoided at all costs. It should also cater all age
groups and both sex, and special effort must be done to entertain
children. Vulgar jokes make the artist unpopular during the course of time
and makes it impossible for him to try a come back.
There is lot of difference between laughing
and smiling. SMILING is a facial expression of pleasure, happiness and
amusement made near the region of mouth and cheek. Some people whom
are gifted with dimples at the chin or cheek/cheeks get the benefit of
smiling even when their intention is other wise. Also natural twinkle ness
in the eyes of a lucky few gives the illusion of smiling. A smiling face
enhances the beauty of both the sex and also play a major role in
diminishing any amount of ugliness to a great extent. Also contrarily even
the most beautiful of both sexes look considerably average by putting a
morose face completely devoid of smiling.
Many times we make simple smile within
ourselves when we are alone, recollecting happy thoughts or incidences.
A smile with out exhibiting the teeth is made to greet or put the silent
question of “how do you do?” We get this smile as a welcome sign from a
shop keeper, at the customer care centre, or at the marriage reception. A
politician at the time of seeking votes, a film artist at the public
gathering makes this with a broader smile, with folded hands giving
utterly a false impression that they are happier, more confident, warm and
approachable. We also many a time come across contemptuous smile as a sign
of hatred of aversion.
A smiling person is judged to be more
pleasant, attractive, sincere, sociable and competent than a no smiling
person. A smile is a universal expression of happiness and recognized as
such by all cultures. After reading I will be only too happy to if
you don’t indulge in laughing at me but only extend all your smiles in
absentia as a token of appreciation.
Article by: J. PANCHAPAGESAN DSP-RETD,