Reminder of the Importance of Humor

His Holiness the Dalai Lama laughs during a press conference in the Divinity School of St. John’s College, part of the University of Cambridge, on April 19, 2013 in Cambridge, England. (Oli Scarff / Getty Images.)

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. – Victor Borge

The disposition for this month at Onward is humor. As Elena shares in Chapter 5 of Onward: “Laughter is grounding. In fact, the origins of the word humor come from the same place as the words humility and humanity: from the word humus, ‘earth, fertile soil.’ When we laugh at ourselves, we don’t take ourselves as seriously. When we laugh with others, humor breaks down barriers, brings us onto common ground, and builds our resilience.”

I love how much His Holiness the Dalai Lama values humor. Read this On Being article by Parker Palmer Wisdom and a Sense of Humor to hear his favorite joke by His Holiness.

How can we use this as a reminder to find the humor in our lives?