frankl on humour

mans-search-for-meaning‘The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living. Yet it is possible to practice the art of living even in a concentration camp, although suffering is omnipresent.’ 64

By dumplife (Mihai Romanciuc) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commonslaughter is the best medicine, they say. the dalai lama’s favourite thing to do is laugh (pictured, with marco pannella). charlie chaplin wrote a song that goes, ‘smile, though your heart is breaking.’ my own experience is that smiling has a physiological effect, regardless of how you’re feeling, so imagine what laughter can do. the peaceful warrior writes that there are three constants in the universe. we all know about change; the other two are paradox and humour. a chinese sage said something like, ‘when all is said and done, there’s nothing left but to laugh.’ and even though they were acting, clooney (as captain matt kowalski in gravity) never lost his sense of humour, even when things looked ‘catastrophic’. laughter is infectious. it infected the aptly named mission specialist stone, dr ryan stone (bullock), who smiled in the end.

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