703 – What is better, laughter or prayers?

Laughter is far more sacred than prayer, because prayer can be done by anyone, it does not require much intelligence. Laughter requires intelligence, it requires presence of mind, a quickness of seeing into things. In deep laughter the ego disappears if the ego is there it will keep you serious. – Osho

Laughter is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping us to clarify our intentions in social interactions and providing an emotional context to conversation. Laughter produces positive emotions that lead to feelings like amusement, happiness, mirth and joy. These feelings build resiliency and increase creative thinking. They increase subjective wellbeing and life satisfaction. Laughter is a response to amusement; it is a healthy coping mechanism. When one laughs at oneself then one takes the situation less seriously. It leads to enablement in problem solving.

A study was conducted by psychologists on 41 persons’ laughter over two weeks, along with their ratings of physical and mental stress. They found the more people laughed, the less their stress was.

Let us examine what Osho said. My understanding is that laughter originates internally. It comes from the heart and leads to a feeling of wellbeing. When it is insincere it comes from the ego. So genuine laughter is more powerful than prayers because one’s ego is not involved and then one can pray genuinely.

Laughter is poison to fear. – George R.R Martin

Laughter removes fear and it is also said that laughter is the best medicine, a famous quote from the Bible. Again, I will point out two important facts, when one becomes free from fear then one is empowered and uninhibited. One remains well because one does not take life personally.

When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about and that was the beginning of fairies. – J.M. Barrie. Book Peter Pan

Aim Hrim Klim


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