Why So Serious? Learn to Laugh a Little!

One of the enhancing blessings of getting older is that it has a way of cultivating one’s devotion to laughter. Well, it should. The person who doesn’t have a good sense of humor is someone to stay away from as if he or she has a contagious disease.

There’s a famous saying that goes, “ The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken seriously.”  “It is a curious fact that the worst work is always done with the best intentions, and that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves very seriously.” This was said by the famous Oscar Wilde.

For me, one of the most difficult things to do is to stop myself from laughing at the most inopportune times. There is nothing funnier than the seriousness of some folks who think that their status or so-called importance means that they can’t relax or chill even for a second. I think that is what is really hilarious. When people try to take themselves too seriously, it just comes off as comical.

We can be serious in certain circumstances.  When a child is hurt or sick, or someone says something nasty about someone you care about, you can get real serious with a quickness. But that’s not taking ourselves seriously. That’s completely different.

I have discovered a good rule to being suspicious of anyone who takes himself or herself too seriously.  There’s typically something fishy there. I think this is why we adore children so much. They love to giggle. They will do their best at whatever they need to do, but they never lose their sense of humor. There is always a glint of humor in their eyes. When a child doesn’t have this, she or he is in need of help.

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