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“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.” ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

I know how to laugh. 

I know how to chuckle when reading a P.G. Wodehouse novel.

 I knew how to stuff my mouth with a handkerchief when a teacher made a blooper, such as, ‘India has many breeds of buffalo- male, female and so on.’

I knew how to laugh out loud when a clown tripped over a bucket in the circus arena.

A Physics teacher back in school always injected humour into his classes, sometimes at his own expense, but mostly at ours. But he did it in such a way that you wouldn’t even feel offended by it. I still recall his definition of Diffusion, some 28 years later. 
Imagine you are at a party. You’ve had your fill to eat. You realise you’ve overeaten and that something else will happen very soon. You look around and let it rip, silently. Within seconds, everyone’s noses are screwed up. THAT, boys and girls, is Diffusion.

I do my best with my daughter. I make sure she has her dose of laughter daily. It’s a necessary part of existence.

Laughter has filled my life, thanks to my parents, my friends and family, and today, my circle of bloggers. 

Without it, Life would be a very awkward journey indeed.

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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

H is for Humour and Happiness

My theme for the month is : Introspection in shades of 11

Today, I recommend Carol Graham’s post H is for Hiding
where she talks about a lovely dog called Sinky

Also linking this to the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April


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Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Swathi Shenoy · April 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm

lol 😀 i cant stop laughing reading the defn of diffusion 😀 i can only imagine how fun physics classes would have been!
yes i have learnt it too, to take a dose of happiness daily and to laugh evn at the smallest of things 🙂

Aparna · April 9, 2014 at 1:58 am

So so true Shailaja.. humour is one thing we cannot do without :). And LOL at the teacher who found a way to never let you forget the meaning of diffusion!

Sreeja Praveen · April 9, 2014 at 3:05 am

Very lively, this post is 😉 Aah, the bloopers at school 🙂 I had a sir who once told us, “all girls queue on the right, all boys on the left and the rest of them in the middle “…. seriously, he did 😀

Carol Graham · April 9, 2014 at 3:53 am

Humor has never failed me. I use it in relationships, business and my writing. It sustains me. Raised a very funny daughter that makes everyone laugh as well. Good post!

Dr. Gauri Kekre · April 9, 2014 at 4:06 am

hahahaha! That diffuser definition was damn funny! I remember creating hydrogen sulphide gas in school laboratory, it smelled like the “diffuser” alright hahahaha

Aditi · April 9, 2014 at 4:39 am

Shailaja this was a happy fun post! Smiling all the way 🙂 🙂 Your Physics teacher knew how to keep the subject interesting! It is imp to be able to laugh easily and whole-heartedly!

Kathy Combs · April 9, 2014 at 5:05 am

They say laughter is the best medicine in the world…and in my opinion life just wouldn't be worth living without it. ♥

Sushree Dash · April 9, 2014 at 5:23 am

Your post made me smile and your professor's words definitely made me laugh 🙂 Keep smiling :):)

Beloo Mehra · April 9, 2014 at 5:42 am

I wish I had a physics teacher like that, perhaps I could have liked the subject a bit more 🙂 A happy read, Shailja! Keep laughing and spreading the laughter!

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juzta mom · April 9, 2014 at 5:53 am

LOL hahahaha Diffusion!. Do you the laughing gas..I was called that in college. Can't live without LOLing 😀

pavita sekhri · April 9, 2014 at 6:18 am

Its so true..laughter is the best medicine and what better way to teach a tough subject like physics…..:)…..this is one thing i keep telling my daughter…smile and the world smiles with u..cry and u cry alone

Srilakshmi Indrasenan · April 9, 2014 at 7:35 am

ha ha ha ha ha ha…… I am laughing insanely….

Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
Smile, it makes (y)our day!

Mina Menon · April 9, 2014 at 7:52 am

I will now never forget wat diffusion means!

Su-sieee! Mac · April 9, 2014 at 7:52 am

Yes, I would have learned diffusion quite well with that example. LOL! I love the lightness in your words. Appreciate your visit to my blog today. 🙂

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Nabanita · April 9, 2014 at 7:59 am

Your professor was certainly funny and an intelligent one I must say…And Shailaja I love the way you talk about Humour and Happiness … I see that in the way you interact with us all…So keep that up woman 🙂

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the little princess · April 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

hehehehhee……..that was something!! humour definitely has a role to play in happiness!!

tulika singh · April 9, 2014 at 11:11 am

Your humour is one of the bestest things about you. A great way to bond. Loved your Professor… he made sure you never forgot his lessons.

Shilpa Garg · April 9, 2014 at 11:20 am

I'll never be able to think about diffusion again without remembering your Physics teacher now 😀

Rajlakshmi · April 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

hahaha ROFL what an example of diffusion … hilarious 😀

sulekkha · April 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm

aww…lovely post, Shailaja. Your physics sir was amazing 🙂 See you never forgot the definition of Diffusion 😉

Bhavya · April 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Wow! That is the kind of teacher we should aim to become, the kind you remember even after 28 years!


Usha Menon · April 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm

A hilarious post. Your Physics has become immortal in the blogsphere.

Danny Simon · April 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm

I wrote about humor too…absolutely loved the last line! you can't live without it! Great post!

Corinne Rodrigues · April 9, 2014 at 2:39 pm

If I had a Physics teacher like that, I would have loved Physics! ;0

Shesha Chaturvedi · April 9, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Hehehe! This is such an awesome post! Quote you have shared is so positive and then various instances! Yes I love to laugh and touch wood I have my mother's genes in this regard! I had taught a class too for sometime, and with the mention of your physics teacher – I remembered how I used to make mine laugh at their expense too… 😉

debi o'neille · April 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I signed up as an email follower to your blog, because I didn't understand the other ways to join. But now I'll look forward to your post in my inbox each day. Also, but I should let you know I just shared your post on Facebook – because when I read about diffusion, I laughed so hard I just had to share it. Thanks for the laugh.

Richa Singh · April 9, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Humour and happiness helps continue life in spirit each day! And yes Shailaja we need to make our kids understand it too. I know my parents always did!


Writercat59 · April 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Loved your post on humour. What a great physics teacher to use humour in such a fun way to make you learn about physics, too. What a hoot! (Or should I say, what a toot!) We all need to be able to laugh at ourselves and at life itself. It's impossible to take this all seriously. I mean really! Life makes no sense so much of the time, we have to laugh at it.

Roshni · April 9, 2014 at 8:16 pm

hahahah!! Your Physics teacher is awesome!!

Psych Babbler · April 9, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Humour is so very important! Being able to laugh at oneself is probably one of the best things to do though…

taleoftwotomatoes · April 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Lol.. hilarious!!! 🙂 🙂

Vidya Sury · April 10, 2014 at 5:25 am

No laughter, no life.

Scattered Mama · April 10, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Very well written….incidentally i too wrote about humor for H. Definition of Diffusion was sure ingenious!

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