Quotations on Laughter

[15] The heart which is not struck by the sweet smiles of an infant is still asleep (Hazrat Inayat Khan) | [17] Love sees as a child sees | [19] We do not stop playing  because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. | [21] Life was a funny thing that occured on the way to the grave (Quentin Crisp) | [24] When I grow up I want to be a little boy (Joseph Heller) | [26] Please do not say, “It is morning”, and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name (Rabindranath Tagore) | Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young (Henry Ford) | [36] Laughter is higher than all pain (Elbert Hubart) | [38] Laughter is a most healthful exertion (Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland) | [39] A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones (Proverbs 17:22) | [47] Physician, be happy thyself (Luke 4:23) | [49] He who laughs best today, will also laugh last (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche) | [49] The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed | [55] We don’t laugh because we’re happy—we’re happy because we laugh (williams james) | [61] The ability to laugh at oneself, in particular, is a vital psychological immunity against the modern thinking disease of ‘over-seriousness’ | [62] Humour is a whisper from the Soul, imploring mind and body to relax, let go and be at peace again | [63] There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full (Henry Kissinger) | [65] Anything awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral (Charles Lamb) | [66] I have a new philosophy. I’m going to dread only one day at a time (Charles Schultz) | [67] Laughter is the best way to make somebody’s heart beat (R. Holden) | [67] Laughter is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man’s superiority to all that befalls him (Romain Gary) | [68] Laugh, and the world laughs with you (Ella Wheeler Wilcox) | [73] Good humour is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society (William Makepeace Thackeray) | [79] A Laugh is a laugh is a laugh (Inspired by Gertrude Stein) | [80] Laughter is a highly addictive positive contagion: if somebody starts, it’s very difficult to stop (R. Holden) | [83] Laugh, and I’ll tell you who you are (R. Holden) | [85] Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one (Oscar Wilde) | [86] One funny friend in life makes up for all the trouble, toil and strife (R. Holden) | [87] A good laugh is sunshine in a house (William Makepeace Thackeray) | [88] What magic there is in a girl’s smile. It is the raisin which, dropped in the yeast of male complacency induces fermentation (P.G. Wodehouse) | [90] Laughter is the shortest distance between two people (Victor Borge) | [92] By helping a person to laugh, you are helping that person to live (R. Holden) | [98] A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market (Charles Lamb) | [101] When work is a pleasure, life is joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery. (Maxim Gorky) | [105] A winning smile makes winners of us all | [105] Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing (Theodore Roosevelt) | [115] I am persuaded that every time a man smiles, but much more when he laughs, it adds something to this fragment of life (Laurence Sterne) | [116] It is a test of a good religion whether you can make a joke of it (G.K. Chesterton) | [119] Let there be mirth on Heaven and Earth (R. Holden) | [122] It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it (Seneca) | [125] Let us live while we live (Philip Doddridge) | [120] God made both tears and laughter and both for kind purposes; for as laughter enables mirth and surprise to breathe freely (Leigh Hunt) | [122] Laugh if you are wise (Latin poet Martial) | [122] Laughter can facilitate love; love can facilitate laughter. To put in another way: through laughter, we learn to love; trough love, we learn to laugh.

Reference:

Robert Holden, Laughter: The Best Medicine. The Healing Power if Happiness, Humour, and Laughter, (London: HarperCollinsPublisher, 1993), 15-122.

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Pujangga, imam dan filsuf pernah bertanya: “apakah tertawa adalah dosa?”; “Apakah Allah menikmati guyonan yang baik?”; “Apakah jiwa itu mudah geli?”; “Apakah mungkin kita membawa humor ketika melewati lubang jarum?”; “ Apakah akan ada tanda ‘dilarang tertawa’ di surga?”; “Apakah humor akan menodai lingkaran suci di kepala, atau akan membuatnya semakin bersinar?”

Kita tahu bahwa tertawa itu baik untuk fisik dan emosi, namun apakah baik juga untuk kerohanian kita? Apakah tertawa mempunyai pengaruh spiritual yang positif? Tenang saja, it will be okay to laugh at heaven.

Humor dapat secara rohani mengangkat memperbaharui kita dengan kesehatan spiritual yang berlimpah. Salah satu fungsi utama dari tertawa adalah membebaskan kita, meskipun hanya sesaat, dan membebaskan roh sukacita yang ada dalam lubuk batin kita.

Pengalaman tertawa dengan penuh sukacita akan membawa kita semakin dekat pada kepenuhan hidup [115].

A Gospel of Joy [116-120]

Semua tradisi kerohanian di dunia ini berasal dari kitab sukacita. Kristen, Yahudi, Islam, Hindu dan Buddha saling berbagi kesamaan bahwa mereka semua mengungkapkan ajaran spiritual yang kaya akan perintah suci mengenai kasih, perayaan, sukacita dan kegembiraan. Jakob Boehme, seorang mistik asal Jerman, berkata bahwa “kita semua adalah senar di dalam konser sukacita Allah.”

Sepanjang sejarah, sukacita, kehangatan dan tawa spiritualitas telah sering disingkirkan oleh kelompok separatis, kelompok yang terlalu serius, yang terlalu saleh, dan oleh agama penderitaan. Konsekuensinya, suatu waktu Allah yang bersukacita, bersahabat, dan bermain tenggelam dalam gambaran Allah ciptaan manusia yang menghukum dan menakutkan. Akhirnya, kita diajarkan untuk meyakini bahwa tertawa dan sukacita bukanlah gambaran dari yang ilahi, melainkan merupakan karya dari yang jahat.

Di dalam Injil Kristen banyak ditemukan kutipan-kutipan yang menunjukkan sukacita: Yohanes 15:11; Kisah Para Rasul 13:52; Lukas 6:21. Dalam tradisi Katolik ada Tujuh Peristiwa Sukacita Perawan Maria: Kabar Sukacita, Maria mengunjungi Elisabet, Kelahiran, Penampakan orang majus, Yesus di temukan di bait Allah, Kebangkitan,dan diangkat ke surga. Martin Luther pernah mengatakan bahwa “Jika aku tidak diizinkan untuk tertawa di surga, aku tidak akan pergi ke sana.”

Buddhis mempunyai tradisi mengenai Buddha yang tertawa, yang kegembiraannya, tawa dan pencerahannya mengangkat/mentransendensikan segala derita, sakit dan ketidaktahuan duniawi. Kita Suci umat Buddha, Dhammapada, menyemangati kita degan kegembiraan. Pada bab 15, ayat 197-200, dikatakan bahwa: “O let us live in joy, in love amongst those who hate! Among men who hate, let us live in love.O let us live in joy, in helath amongst those who are ill! Among men who are ill, let us live in health. O let us live in joy, in peace amongst those who struggle! Among men who struggle, let us live in peace. O let us live in joy, although having nothing! In joy let us live like spirits og light!” [117]

Spiritualitas tanpa disertai dengan sumber abadi dari tawa, kegembiraan dan sukacita membuat hati yang tandus dan gelap. Sukacita merupakan esensi dari pembebasan dan merupakan manifestasi dari seseorang yang sedang belajar untuk semakin utuh. Lao Tzu, filsuf Taoisme, menyadari bahwa tertawa merupakan bagian esensial dalam hidup: “If there were no laughter, the Tao would not be what it is.” Orang Hindu dan Yogis dari Timur mengikuti jalan tertentu dari Yoga, yaitu Bhakti Yoga, yang jika diterjemahkan berarti “Kesatuan dengan Tuhan melalui cinta dan sukacita.” Di dalam Upanishad dituliskan bahwa “when a man has heard and has understood and, finding the essence, reaches the Inmost, then he finds joy in the Source of joy.” Dan dalam Upanishad dikatakan pula bahwa “Sukacita berasal dari Tuhan. Siapa yang dapat hidup dan siapa yang dapat bernafas jika sukacita Brahman tidak mengisi alam semesta ini?” [118]

Bhagavad Gita mengatakan secara langsung, “Esensi dari adanya kita, diri kita, adalah Sukacita, Ananda. Ananda biasanya merupakan nama guru spiritual untuk mengingatkan mereka bahwa (1) esensi dari mereka adalah sukacita, (2) misi mereka adalah sukacita, (3) pengabdian mereka adalah sukacita, (4) dan tujuan mereka adalah sukacita. Anandamayi Ma suatu ketika mengirimkan sebuah kontemplasi tentang tertawa yang menggarisbawahi kekayaan relasi antara spiritualitas dan sukacita: “Laugh as much as you can—it will release all the contractions in your body, let your laughing come from the deepest part of your heart, let it shake you from head to toe, if your soul is asleep you will only laugh from your lips, I want to see you laughing with your mouth—with your heart—with all your life’s breath.To do this, try to bring about a harmonious connection between your inner self and your outer self, with all the energy you have, dedicate yourself to God alone then your laughing will pour forth joy everywhere.”

Kata “pleasure”(kesenangan) dan “joy” (suka cita) secara tradisional menjelaskan dua jenis yang berbeda dari kebahagiaan: kesenangan menunjukkan bahwa kebahagiaan didapat melalui obyek material, emosional, dan fisik, yang dicari dan menjadi tujuan; sukacita menunjukkan bahwa kebahagiaan dibangung berdasarkan pada spiritualitas dan kesadaran diri. Kesenangan bersifat sementara; sedangkan sukacita melampaui semua peristiwa yang terjadi dalam ruang dan waktu.

Sukacita merupakan tujuan, sekaligus kunci untuk masuk pada kedalaman spiritualitas. Spirituality without heart, without fun, and without laughter is like a Heaven with no angels and an Earth with no sunlight. Seluruh tradisi agama-agama besar menawarkan kepada kita cara berada dan bertindak yang memampukan kita untuk menerima dan bersukacita.

Tertawa merupakan rahmat dari tuhan. Tuhan merupakan pencipta tawa yang adalah baik, demikian ungkap Philo, Filsuf Yunani pada Abad Pertama. Gambaran tradisional tentang Sang Pencipta, seringkali melukiskan gambaran para diktator yang kejam, namun kemudian seiring perkembangan waktu, selalu ada guru-guru spiritual yang dapat menuntun pada ketentraman sejati. Tertawa merupakan bagian dari doa: tertawa merupakan nyanyian jiwa, lirik kerohanian yang penuh sikacita [120].

Sumber:

Robert Holden, Laughter: The Best Medicine. The Healing Power if Happiness, Humour, and Laughter, (London: HarperCollinsPublisher, 1993), 115-120.

Smile (Michael Jackson)

Smile by Michael Jackson

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You’ll get by…

If you smile
With your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just…

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just…

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You’ll get by…

If you smile
Through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile…

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile