- During our younger days, we laughed a lot.
- We were told “Yee Thaw Thu Thi Ah Thet Shay Ei”.
- We enjoyed “slapstick comedy” (e.g. Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, Jerry Lewis, Norman Wisdom and Keystone Kops.).
- We spent hours reading comics (e.g. Beano, Dandy, Topper and Beezer) and seeing cartoons (e.g. Tom & Jerry).
- We read jokes from Reader’s Digest (e.g. Laughter the best medicine, All in a day’s work, Humor in uniform).
- We attended Ah Nyeints with Lu Shwin Daws teasing the Minthamees and cracking jokes.
- My classmate D. S. Saluja (Dave Singh, now in Bangkok) would invite me over to his house in Golden Valley to review some subjects. He had a collection of 200+ comics and cartoons. With cartoon breaks and lunch breaks, we often did little with the subject reviews. Dave served as the “Humor Editor” for the Bulletin/Newsletter published by RIT English Department.
- Over time, we became serious. We could no longer tolerate “stupid jokes”. We felt childish to laugh (without control) for fear that people might judge us as “crazy”.
- My friends would comment that they rarely see me smile (which is believed to require less effort and muscles than to frown). The exception is in the photos taken with my two life savers / grandchildren.
- We had a guest lecturer at our Toastmasters Club. She lost her daughter after a stressful marriage and divorce. But, her mother and her friends reminded her the power of laughter (even “fake” laughter) and the destructive nature of stress. In the interactive sessions, there were a few exercises:
(1) Clap, clap, shout “Hooray” & smile (even fake a smile). Try to do it one (e.g. every morning).
(2) Instead of exchanging names, do single and double handshake with lots of laughter (the style and volume do not matter). Laughter permeates.
(3) In groups of twos and threes, take turns telling “What is my stress?” and listening to “How can you lessen or eliminate the stress?”
- Stress can cause lost opportunities, and broken relationships.
- A husband (psychoanalyst) and a wife (yoga instructor) in Yoga found (or re-discovered) that “Laughter is the best medicine.”
Dr. Nyunt Wai wrote :
- The laughter column in Readers’ Digest was under the title “Laughter the Best Medicine”.
- There’s a Burmese saying ရယ္ ေသာ သူ သည္ အ သက္ ရွည္ ၏ (he who laughs lives long).
- The recorded jokes of Dat Si and Dat San contained prerecorded collective laughter that followed each joke.
- If faking laughter has the same effect as the hearty laughter, then it must be also true for faking anger and despair. Impact of this on the actors and actresses (like U Kyal Ni ၾကယ္နီ၊ U Thein Maung Gyi, Kyi Kyi Htay)?