The Healthiest Response to Life is Laughter

This first principle serves as an antidote to fear and sorrow by encouraging you to experience life as joyous. As we begin on the path, joy may come and go in small glimmerings. Yet in the end, laughter will dispel suffering like so much smoke and dust. Suffering is one of illusionís most convincing aspects, but it is still unreal.

A golden rule applies here: What is true in the material world is false in Godís world, and vice versa. In this case, the material world seems to be dominated by crisis and suffering, and therefore the sanest way to approach life is with worry, anxiety, and defensiveness. But once your consciousness shifts, you realize that life itself couldnít exist without an underlying creativity, and that this continuous act of creation is in itself an expression of ecstasy. These qualities are the basis of your life, also.

In fact, the lens of materialism gives us the least accurate view of the world, because through it we see consciousness as merely an accidental byproduct of brain chemistry, and the powers of the mind as a myth. To equate the deepest reality with inert atoms colliding with each other in the dead cold of outer space denies all that sustains life and makes it worth living: Beauty, truth, art, love, morality, community, discovery, curiosity, inner growth, and higher consciousness.

What do all these qualities have in common? They depend on intuition. There is no objective proof that love is beautiful, or that the truth can set you free. Rather, you must come to these realizations through your own inner experience. On the spiritual path everything depends on a shift in consciousness; nothing depends on atoms colliding.

What we have, then, is two opposing world views contending for your allegiance. Is it better to be spiritual or materialistic? Is God a mere add-on to physical existence, or at the very root of existence? This isnít an easy choice to make, because the evidence is seriously out of balance.

Most of us have extensive personal knowledge of the material world, but scant personal knowledge of God. God has a lot of proving to do. He must prove that heís present and dependable, the same way a rock or a tree is. If we want to claim that God sustains life, he must sustain it as viably as air, water, and food do. In other words, to realize God is no small thing. It may take a lifetimeóif youíre lucky.

To begin this journey, commit yourself to the possibility that everything you see around you is far less real than God. You want to see the truth ďwith all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,Ē as Jesus says. This is actually a commitment to joy. When you feel momentary happiness, or you want to burst out laughing, or you smile for no apparent reason, you are glimpsing eternal reality. For a fleeting moment the curtain has parted so you can experience something beyond the illusion. In time, these moments of joy will begin to knit together. Instead of the exception, they will become the norm. There is no better way to know that you are growing in God-realization.


Adapted from Why Is God Laughing? by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

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Norma V.
Norma Villarreal2 years ago

Laughter is healing!

Heather Bush
Heather Bush2 years ago

the Word of God says "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord"

I believe that laughter is the most joyful noise we can make.

Whose doesn't smile and have their heart uplifted when they hear the pure joyful laughter of children?

Paul Girardin
Paul Girardin2 years ago

Thank you very much for sharing!

Laura Saxon
Past Member 2 years ago

I laugh a lot. There was a story on Facebook last night about someone trying to wax their armpit or some such thing and I laughed so hard.

Vicki G.
Vicki G.2 years ago

Beautiful! Thank You!

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan2 years ago

Thanks for the wonderful article.

Zee Kallah
Helen Porter2 years ago

I used to believe it was possible to enjoy ANYTHING! How naive! I had an experience which proved one would have to be MAD to be able to enjoy anything. There is a mental illness called mania inappropriate laughter.

Through my life long study of spiritual things, I have come to believe that we once dwelled in the God worlds where everything is the way you want it. Just wave a hand and the "dream" changes. There's one problem with an "as you wish it" universe. BORING!

I believe an emanation of the God of that world, a being in it's own right, decided to create his/her own worlds where there would be challenge..... time, space, matter, energy. INTERESTING!. What we do to others will be done to us. Every cause must have an effect. Every effect must have a cause. Inexperienced we did not know we agreed to ...... karma. Karma entraps.

There is a gate to freedom., Forgive and you will be forgiven. Tell your Higher Power you legally cancel every "debt" karma owed to you, past, present or future, imagined or real. Make it legal, NOT emotional Forgive and you will be forgiven. That's karma.

Laughter will come more easily and be more real when you walk in love, karma free.

Most religions, psychology and psychiatry agree forgiveness sets the forgiver free.

Alexandra Pappano
Allie P.2 years ago

Joy is the heart's natural state. If we get out of our own way, we can all prove that.

Ro H.
Ro H.2 years ago


Sandi C.
Sandi C.2 years ago

laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone.