Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A to Z of Happiness: J - Jest #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z

There are these two 10-11 year old girls in my neighborhood, who come to my shop very often to buy pens and other small stationery items. And they always have jokes to share with me.

"May I tell you a joke?", one of them will ask me, and then continue on without waiting for an answer! :D

Then there is this other girl, probably 7 year old. She usually comes with her grandpa, and she has him totally wrapped around her little finger, with all her wit and playfulness! Always manages to coax him into buying more than he'd originally agreed to! (But you don't see me complaining at that, do you?)

A lot of kids at my store are like that. Everything seems funny to them. When they run short of cash, that's something to laugh about. When that expensive pen they bought 2 days ago got "lost" at school and they got scolded at home for it, naturally that was one of the funniest things to happen to them. So was the time when they fell off their bike and scraped their elbow. (Oh yes! I get to hear "those" stories too! Little boys love to brag, don't you know?) One 12-year-old finds it most amusing when his mom threatens to lock him out of the house if he spent more than "X" amount of money in my shop that day!


Jest

Kids don't take life as seriously as us adults. They simply find the humor in everything, jest their way out of any tricky situations, and win everybody's hearts with their innocent laughs. Nothing fazes them. They know, then, what we tend to forget somewhere between getting voting rights and becoming grandparents.


3 Ways In Which Humor and Jest Lead To Happiness


  1. Humor Improves Our Physical Health.

    A good, hearty laugh is good for the heart. No, really! It's a fact. Laughter exercises those muscles and blood vessels, and increases blood flow. It releases endorphins in our blood stream, that act as temporary analgesics and promote overall WELL-BEING. (Covered under 'W'.) It also reduces stress hormones in our body, and boosts our immune system.


  2. Humor Keeps Us More Positive.

    Remember Bruce Willis in the Die Hard series? Even in hostile enemy territory, he never stops making wisecracks and funny one-liners. Humor not only puts a stop to feelings of anxiety and anger, but also helps release stress and recharge our energy, leading to a state of CALMNESS. (Covered under 'C'.) It shifts our THOUGHTS (covered under 'T') and perspective from "I am doomed" to "Anything is possible". And, most importantly, it helps us get emotionally detached from our stressful situation, putting us in a state of mind from where we can find better solutions and ways out.


  3. Humor Enhances Inter-personal Relationships.

    Humans naturally gravitate towards jovial, optimistic people. We bond more easily with people whom we laugh with. Our jocular colleagues are the ones who are considered first for that promotion at work. Humor makes people forget their hurts, resentments, disagreements, and doubts. It helps us FORGIVE. (Covered under 'F'.) And nothing diffuses conflict faster than humor. Besides, remember Jim Carrey in that boardroom scene in Liar Liar?


One of the best ways to develop our sense of humor is to stop taking ourselves so seriously. Everyone loves a person who can laugh at himself.

You want proof? Alright!

These are my two most popular blog posts on social media (i.e. Facebook):

  1. When I blushed
  2. When I got locked in the bathroom at my best friend's wedding

See? Everyone loves a good laugh at someone else's expense! :P

So... do you have any such personal "goof-up" stories to share that could tickle my funny-bone?

This is my tenth post for A to Z of Happiness.

I have completed this challenge once before, and published it as a kindle ebook. You can get it on amazon: A to Z of Blogging: Take Your Blog To the Next Level.

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44 comments:

Roshan Radhakrishnan said...

There is a lot of truth there that I need to apply to my blog once this challenge is over. My earlier years were filled with fun posts. I guess life got to me... barely 2 fun posts in the last 2 years... reflecting a sombre change in mindset, I fear.

Shalini Baisiwala said...

Yep Kaddu - a sense of humour goes a very long way to keep us sane and help us in forging ahead despite troubles and strife! ;-)

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mocktail mommies said...

Don't take yourself seriously, no one has ever escaped alive! Your post reminded me of this quote. I think jest the finest survival tool. Sharing with you a recent incidence where in my son's reply changed the tone of the situation...
It was a morning rush hour for me and my son. For his short break tiffin I was packing some protein biscuits. In a hurry the tiffin box fell down from the kitchen platform and the biscuits were broken. I was feeling sorry for the loss. There came my son with a glue stick and said, "Can you stick them back?" This question eased the sadness in the air and we both had a hearty laugh!
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ALL ABOUT THE WOMAN said...

Yes Humour add light moments to our life and kids are expert in doing this. Beautifully penned and informative post
thanks for sharing

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chicky - laughter deflects minor problems ... and a good laugh is exercise for the face ... and as Shalini mentions above - keep us sane! Cheers Hilary My J is good for a laugh today ...

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Sylvia van Bruggen said...

I always find that a great sense of humor can cure everything, even feeling ashamed for doing something stupid :)

wonderful post!

the little princess said...

That's what is the best thing about kids and possibly the most important thing we can learn from them...life is too short to be taken so seriously. There's nothing that a little humour cannot solve! Very well written.

Debbie D. said...

A sense of humour gets you through a lot in life, that's for sure. Humourless people tend to be dour and difficult to deal with. If you can poke fun at yourself for screwing something up, it doesn't seem so bad after all. :)

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jaish_vats said...

Laugh away and be happy :)

Darcy said...

So true but often forgotten. Thanks for the reminder!

tulika singh said...

I agree wholeheartedly. Humour is the best way ever to keep your spirits up and also, sometimes, to coney a serious message. I've said this before and I'll say it again - I envy you your shop and your interactions with the young ones.

Vidya Sury said...

I think my sense of humor keeps me sane. And my sarcasm keeps my friends amused and happy. If we cant laugh at ourselves, life is difficult. Oh yes, I have plenty of embarrassing personal anecdotes. But I am not going to tell you here in the comments. ;-)

Sreesha Divakaran said...

Haha, I agree! I had written a post a few years ago about how we need to cut loose a bit like kids, instead of forever being uptight, serious adults. What's the fuss about, just be happy :D

Menaka Bharathi said...

More than anything I think one should take care of personal health, both physical and mental which can be possible only if you have some humor left behind.
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Geetika Gupta said...

You have such a great time at your shop, don't you? I loved all the instances you mentioned here and that's the best part with the kids! They're innocent and funny and know their way out!

Cheers
BoisterousBee

bellybytes said...

Indeed! Humour makes every day life interesting, amusing and fun

Shilpa Garg said...

Wow! You have some fun moments with kids at your shop. The other day I was watching a few kids play and I was amazed at the unbelievably funny stories that they were creating and having such a good laugh together. I couldnt help laugh with them and the smile on my lingered even when I was back home and cooking.

Vinodini Iyer said...

I am a sucker for humour. I totally agree with you when you say that one should not take one's self too seriously. A person who laughs at himself is easy to get along with, anyday.

Suzy said...

You hit the nail on the head, humour is vital for survival. We should all embrace our inner child at least now and then. What a delightful post - I will remember this all day long. It's already made me smile.

Anmol Rawat said...

I'm not sure whether I have that sense of humor or not, but I whole heartedly agree with you, especially with inter-personal relationships.

Rajlakshmi said...

Humour is what I look for in others. Those are the people I always tick with... True, we need to stop taking ourselves so seriously. It must be so wonderful to listen to all those cute stories 😁

Sanch Writes said...

Sometimes I fear we lose our humour as we grow older and become cynical...

Chicky Kadambari said...

I've also been through that phase, Doc. I suppose, life gets to us sometimes. I'm sure you'll recapture that missing element in your blog posts! Happy AtoZing! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

It sure does, Shalini! Thank you :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hahaha! Your son has a bright heart, Anagha! :)
Thank you for sharing this little anecdote! Made me smile :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, ALL ABOUT THE WOMAN :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

It sure does, Hilary! And I think we need all the laughs we can get, right?
Cheers! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

True Sylvia, and we DO tend to laugh at our mistakes later, don't we? :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

" There's nothing that a little humour cannot solve!"
Agree, Princess! Thank you :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Probably that's the time when we have fully moved on... when we are able to find humor in that situation. Right Debbie?

Chicky Kadambari said...

Exactly, Jaish! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

You're welcome, Darcy!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hehehe! Come over to Jaipur, Tulika. I'll let you sell stuff at my shop for one evening! (Look at me playing 'Tom Sawyer'! :P)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Awwwww, Vidya! Come on! Share one story at least! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

Exactly, Sreesha! What's the fuss about!
Share the link of your post na... would love to read it.

Chicky Kadambari said...

That's an excellent point, Menaka. Having a little bit of humor does keep us healthier.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh! They sure DO know their way out, Geets! They know exactly what buttons to push! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

It sure does, bellybytes! Thank you :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Yes, that's the effect they have, Shilpa! Isn't it amazing! And to think that once upon a time, we were also like that!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh yes! Totally agree with that, Vinodini!

Chicky Kadambari said...

I'm so glad it could brighten up your day, Suzy! Thank you! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hi Anmol,
Well your stories have an element of darkness in them. At least the ones I've read on your blog during this challenge. Maybe you could try to write humor more, and encourage it to come out from wherever it is hiding inside you! :P

Chicky Kadambari said...

Me too, Raji! It is always so refreshing to be with someone who makes you laugh!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Yupp, we sure do that, Sanch. I have done that. But it's no fun being in that place. I'm making a "U-turn"! :P

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