How much real genuine fun do you get out of life? Do you gain reasonable satisfaction from the present? Do you look forward to the future with cheerful anticipation, rather than dwell on the past with nostalgic regret?
How optimistic are you? Do you think
that, on the whole, and, taking the rough with the smooth, the world is not
such a bad place after all?
If you do not get any fun out of
life, there is something wrong with you. If the past beckons rather than the
present and the future, you need to take a good clear look at yourself.
There are many hard and bad and evil
things about our world. But if you are unable to see the good things as well as
the bad, there is cloud of darkness inside your mind. You are probably living
with the curtains drawn, as it were, missing all the sunshine.
Keeping healthy, and taking
reasonable care of ourselves wise diet, sufficient fresh air and exercise, and
enough relaxation have all to do with how often we laugh.
It is not easy to laugh when we are
ill although many brave people manage even that. But how foolish to become
unwell because of personal carelessness and self – indulgence. Look to your
How many hours sleep do you allow
yourself? There are experts who might tell you that you ought to be able to
make do with three or four hours. In fact , you need as much sleep as your body
requires. If you are an ordinary healthy person, your body will tell when it
has had enough. When it is refreshed it will tell you when to move around and
get busy. You will wake up feeling hungry and energetic.
Many of us insist on trying to squash
what should take a quart of our time into a pint pot. Instead of using modern
labour – saving inventions to give us more leisure and more gracious living, we
go farther and do more and more in less
and less time. It is mad, bad and ridiculous.
Rest means not only sleep but being
able to let go whenever and wherever we can manage it. It means relaxing, not
only by lying down when we can, but when
waiting for a bus or an appointment. Not becoming worked up about every
small detail. Not being perfectionists who expect everything to go exactly as
we planned or as we want it to go.
Rest is relaxing body and mind
anywhere, letting jangled nerves quieten down naturally, letting – go the
unimportant and all the minor irritations of life.
When we are like this we develop a
great sense of humour. We not only see things in the right proportion, but are
quick to spot the funny side.
How often you laugh will depend on
what you are wanting from life, and how much you are hoping to get. When we want to laugh and
mean it we do not have to be too set about our ambitions.
Ambitions have to be sensible and
practical enough to lie within our power of achievement. They have not got to
mean everything to us. There has to be readiness to adapt and to accept
compromise and compensation with good grace. To put success above all else is
staking our happiness on luck, chance, and ourselves, plus a fortunate
combination of circumstances. If it does not come life may turn sour.
Whether we laugh often
will depend on our being able to accept
whatever life brings and all it offers outside personal ambition. Carried too
far, the urge to get on can make us too strained, too busy, and too tired, to
have time and energy for anything else about work, worry, envy and discontent
with our lot.