I had just started my first day at secondary school, when it hit me. I remember very clearly the moment I thought to myself “ I’m going to make these girls laugh so they’ll like me and become my friends”. Great wisdom at age 10, I think. It worked, so I relaxed into a conversation with my soon-to-be BFFs.
Now I’m a firm believer in the power of laughter. I use it before auditions, at screen-tests to make the cameraman laugh, or between scenes just as I’m going onstage, to ease off some pressure. This tactic has its own flaws however, especially when it comes to missing my cues!
My husband, who’s a far greater comedian than I’ll ever be, takes it to extremes even in ‘real’ life. Such as during the delivery of our first son, while I was having contractions, when our midwife asked us if he’s the father and he replied “Allegedly”! I’m not exactly sure what he expected, possibly canned laughter (recorded laughter one hears during some sitcoms) or a round of applause. To be sure, neither of us laughed that time!
Humour is a state of mind I believe. You can train yourself in possessing it. It’s the place I strive to be in. Laughter relaxes the body, boosts the immune system, triggers the feel-good chemicals inside you (endorphins) and protects the heart. Also, the sound of people laughing is very infectious.
I doubt there are many more pleasant sounds than people having a great laugh, especially children, I might add. Their high pitched voices, full of glee and amazement at the joy the anecdote they just heard or episode they just watched brought them, is contagious. My husband, my two very young boys and I went to watch a film last Children’s Cinema day and it was such a pleasure sitting there hearing the squeals of laughter from the kids behind us (until my poor baby had had enough of the volume of the surround system) that I would recommend it to anyone.