Laughter has been considered one of the primitive emotions recognized in every culture. Of all the different emotional expressions, laughter is one of the few that adults who have been deaf and blind from birth can generate. Although we all have moments of solitary experience, laughter is predominantly a social phenomenon that has its roots both in early human development and also early in the development of our species.
Thinking of Others
We like to laugh and make others laugh. Not only does laughter have a multitude of benefits in terms of coping with stress and illness, but it works to bind individuals together in social coalitions. It is a deeply emotional response activated by the emotional regions of the amygdala and associated with brain networks, but it operates in conjunction with higher-order processes related to social cognition — thinking about others.
If we don’t inquire into our sensations we might perceive them as unbearably intense, and presume they will continue to be so for a long time. However, if we do inquire into our sensations, we soon notice their evanescent nature.
Sensations differ from second to second, and they might disappear entirely within minutes. The realization sensations come and go will allow us to break our tendency to assume that things are more lasting and painful than they could ever be.
Happiness is now — it can’t be found any other time. If we search for happiness outside this moment, it will always seems just beyond our reach.
True happiness is our natural state of being. Happiness is our birthright, and it is not gained through forceful effort, but is discovered and realized once we let go of all the things keeping it hidden. As the saying goes — the sun is always shining behind the clouds.