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115. How to Laugh More

A regular requirement in lonely hearts columns is a GSOH, a good sense of humour. But why is humour so important to us, why does it come more readily to some people than others, and could we have more of it? Inspired by Stephanie Davies' excellent book, 'Laughology', this weeks tip explores. Last week a headline in the newspaper caught my eye. It said, Man Assaults Wife for Singing 'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead'. It seems that when his mother died, instead of being sympathetic the man's wife launched enthusiastically into song. He, distraught by her extraordinary callousness, hit her and locked her up in the garden shed. I laughed and laughed. As I write this now, aware that not eve