No laughing matter, this!

Shalini B and Pawan Singh

A guy shows up late for work. The boss yells, “You should’ve been here at 8:30!”
The guy replies, “Why? What happened at 8:30?”
(Readers’ Digest, September 2005)

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Laughter with an active sense of humour, recent researches tell us, is the best medicine to keep fit and healthy. Humour not only allows us to live longer but also aids in our mental development. People who laugh and joke more, it has been found, have sharper and more alert minds than those who don’t. Therefore, don’t let the pressures of teaching keep you from sharing a joke with your colleagues, or from ensuring that your classes are filled with laughter. And what better way to do this than to get the whole school involved in a humour week? Make a conscious effort to look at the lighter side of things despite the pressures of school – and you will probably find that it sets a tone that makes those pressures easier to bear! And along the way, we would have learned some interesting lessons in areas ranging from biology to literature… to life!

What is humour?
Humour happens when you walk along an expected path only to reach an unexpected destination. Take any joke, or funny movie, or book that you may have seen or read and you will realise that this is true. We actually find pleasure in knowing that we are wrong. Look at the above joke. If the second part of that joke was hidden and we were asked what happened next, we would probably say that the man was suspended, or that he was given a warning. When the second part of the joke is revealed, and we see how wrong we were, we laugh instinctively.

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