Laugh, Dance, Smile!

By Tiffany in Awareness, Beliefs, Happiness, Manifesting Dreams, Success on January 28th, 2013 / 2 Comments

This article is an extract of chapter #18 in Karl Moore’s best-selling book, “The 18 Rules of Happiness”.

“A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile.” – Unknown

You know, it’s funny…

The other week, I decided to attend a local Buddhist class. They were holding a discussion on the nature of happiness. The “enlightened one” entered center stage, a gentle, snail- paced walk to match his speech, and talked about what made us happy.

This went on for a period of two hours, with many questions from the small audience.

But here’s the thing.

The teacher never smiled or laughed once the whole time. Not only that, neither did the audience! Enlightenment? Doubtful. Boredom? Definitely

True happiness, self-development, freedom, comes from inside – and is expressed externally in bright faces, a big smile, and plenty of laughing. Just look at the Dalai Lama.

Once you’ve applied the rules in this book, you’ll automatically find yourself being a happier, jollier person – naturally! But why not give it all a little helping hand?

This rule is a reminder that you should surround yourself with happiness – and just watch it rub off on you!


Get dancing, for a start! Studies show dancing to be the absolute BEST way to immediately rocket your happiness. It boosts serotonin levels, promotes good health and weight loss, and allows you to indulge in essential human and body contact.

But it doesn’t stop there. Why not also…

Keep feel-great music CDs in your car. Cover the walls of your home with uplifting pictures. Watch more comedy movies. Listen to positive tunes on your iPod while working. Indulge in The Simpsons or Family Guy, and laugh at life itself.

Heck, when it comes to that, give yourself a pat on the back for being the big, crazy screw-up that you are!

Laugh at all of the silly problems you’ve been holding on to, so very well, for so long. Laugh that you’re even mad enough to read a book like this. Laugh that you’re alive, and that so many opportunities are open to you – right now.

That’s why I think the Dalai Lama laughs so much.

He’s realized the crazy, wonderful, ridiculous nature of life – and that the real meaning of us being here, if there is a meaning, is to be happy

So, right now – laugh, dance, smile – and you will be happy.

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2 Responses to “Laugh, Dance, Smile!”

  1. D.Bheemeswar Says:

    That’s one of the reason Buddha was great even when one spited on his face in front of so many, he never uttered a word rather gave a smile back, while he was delivering discourse. Next day morning the same fellow came and apologized for his behavior only one sentence came from Buddha, yesterday has gone you are no more the same person just carry on. One reason why Buddhism was adopted by half of the world during those periods for that humaneness towards other humans. laugh , dance, sing/praying and smile shall give a lot of positive energy to the body by re-leaving from the day to day stress and strain, and also people start thinking positively.

  2. Meisha Says:

    Tiffany, thank you for a very good & positive article. I must however disagree with your position about the “enlightened one” you choose to use as your example of something that’s unlike what you are trying to convey.

    Did you ask that teacher whether he was happy? Did you speak to the other members of the class later to find out whether that discussion was fruitful to them no matter what expressions they carried? You were bored, but did anyone else feel differently?

    Now, I love dancing & having as many good belly laughs as I can get. However, as I’ve grow I’ve also noticed that being happy comes in other ways as well. I’ve discovered amazing happiness in meditating quietly without involving the physical body. I’ve met other people to whom this is more expressive than bodily movement & showing it through what we only perceive as being happy – laughing & smiling.

    There’s great wisdom & happiness in stillness & a quite demeanor. We are all different & are exploring this amazing world in different ways. Don’t make fun of the teacher – he’s doing something very valuable in his own sincere way. Take what works for you & leave the rest without harming.

    Be blessed,

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