Treasure Island

RAJ NANDY

(CALCUTTA, NOW SETTLED IN NEW DELHI)

THE LAUGHTER THERAPY


THE LAUGHTER THERAPY

(I)
Every morning the ritual is the same, -
I say my prayers and take His name;
As I settle down to read the papers, –
About our politician’s famous ‘blame game’!
It is then I always hear, loud peals of laughter
from our adjacent park,
A man dedicated to laughter therapy,
With his loud guffaw and reverberating bark!
Trying to resolve this laughing mystery, -
I read several articles about Laughter Therapy!

(II)
Amongst all created things and living beings,
Man alone suffers deeply in his body, mind,
and soul;
With peals of laughter he must suppress his tears,
To balance this life and control!
Yet during those rare and supreme happy moments
of life, -
Tears are seen to well-up in our eyes!
Laughter gets mingled with our tears, -
I wonder why? !
Perhaps laughter and tears are two sides,
Of the same coin of our worldly life!
While our lacrymal glands perform this feat, -
As laughter and tears join hands to make this
life complete!
(III)
While hearty, non-ridiculing and connecting
laughter does provide,
Physiological, psychological and spiritual
benefits - on hindsight!
Laughter brings a twinkle in our eyes, destroying
our conservative reputation;
Improving our cardiovascular flexibility, increasing
our spiritual quotient!
Laughter like internal jogging, gives us an internal
massaging;
Performed both silently and rapidly beyond imagining!
Revitalizing those unexplored internal crannies –
all automatic!
Far better than all our know antibiotics!
Laughter a tranquilizer without side effects,
Releases our pent-up tension relaxing us instead!

(IV)
An optimist always laughs to forget, while a pessimist
forgets to laugh,
My man in the park is perhaps an optimist,
Who has embraced this therapy as an art!
Or perhaps that man laughs daily at the frailties of a
meaningless life,
In this life of absurdities as he adapts himself to
survive!
This laughter therapy is a tranquilizer both healthy
and free,
Perhaps that man in the park is laughing at both you
and me!
Our life becomes a tragedy for those who only feel!
But a comedy of laughter, if you pause a while to think!
So let us try to make others laugh while we try to
control our tears,
Laughing is a healing process and drives away our
fears!
Let us make a New Year’s resolution, making laughter
our altruistic mission;
Coupled with a loving and caring heart all true, -
Let this laughter as a therapy - benefit both me and
you!

-Raj Nandy
New Delhi
18 Dec 08
(The Physiologists say that when we cry,34 body muscles
are activated, but when we laugh only 17 muscles get activated!
Making laughter doubly beneficial!)

Submitted: Thursday, December 18, 2008
Edited: Thursday, December 18, 2008

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  • Sathyanarayana M V S (12/23/2008 11:19:00 AM)

    Nandi Sir, This is like a thesis on laughter, great write indeed. It is so true that smiles and laughters make our lives happy. Please read my poem MY STRENGTH, on same subject. (Report) Reply

  • Mamta Agarwal (12/18/2008 8:42:00 AM)

    An optimist always laughs to forget, a pessimist forgets to laugh- that's it. so true. yes, Raj, laughter is the best medicine- one must learn to laugh at oneslf above all. as usual at your best. you are really good at writing in a lighter vein. this is an amazing poem in your unimitable philosophical style.10

    Mamta (Report) Reply

  • Seema Aarella (12/18/2008 5:35:00 AM)

    This reminds me of a thought 'Life is not a laughing matter, but can you imagine life without laughter? ' laughter is like sunlight required for the photosynthesis of life. (Report) Reply

  • Scott Austin (12/18/2008 3:23:00 AM)

    Yes, laughter is good therapy for the soul. Enjoyed the read, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

    Scott (Report) Reply

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