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Ralph Waldo Emerson is considered by some as the father of 19th century Western Philosophy, having graduated from Harvard at 18, this poet, essayist, philosopher and leader of the “New Thought” was once asked what it took to be successful … his answer is detailed below;


Think big. Talk little. Love much. Laugh easily. Work hard. Give freely. Pay cash. And be kind – IT’S ENOUGH …


He further went on to say …


To …

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people

And affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and

To endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better

Whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or

A redeemed social condition;

To know even one life breathed easier

Because you have lived … 

This is to have succeeded.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) …


We decided to write this week’s memo about taking it easy, having some humor and quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson following last week’s memo in which one of our commentators decreed we have to be always serious if we want people to take us that way.


There seems to be an old myth, most perpetuated in Africa that seriousness without any sense of humor is the way to go and in the meantime, the myth keeps killing us en masse, keep leaving us diseased and still buying into it.


In fact at some time it became fashionable to have such diseases as hypertension because they were considered diseases for the rich, responsible and revered. What I some times refer to as the Triple “R” Myth – Rich, Responsible and Revered.


It was so fashionable then, that I remember listening to Dennis Liwewe commentating on a soccer match between Zambia and Tunisia. Zambia was leading we were in injury time and the referee blew the whistle for a foul.


Dennis jumped up and shouted “… Zambia, Zambia, Zambia, Zambiaaaaaaa, Zambia has beaten Tunisiaaaaaaa, 1 goal to zero.” Then soon after that Dennis discovered the ref was blowing for a foul and not to end the game.


Dennis retorted to calm the fans in Zambia who by then were all jubilant, “… it’s not oooover yet, the referee blew the bloody whistle toooo loud, man. Us guys with BP!!!! …” It was fashionable to even talk about his hypertensive disorder because he was among the rich, the responsible and the revered.


I love Dennis Liwewe and Africa has never produced another like him but I used him in the above example to show a myth and its fallacy. In order to be very productive, the opposite is the case.


Study after study has shown that, the old adage of laughter being the best medicine holds true today and forever more. Here are some articles on “Laughter Is The Best Medicine”


Is laughter the Best Medicine

Feeling run down? Try laughing more. Some researchers think laughter just might be the best medicine, helping you feel better and putting that spring back in your step.

Laughter is the best medicine for your heart

A university team has shown that laughter is linked to healthy function of blood vessels.

Laughter is the best medicine: humor at work

How humor helps medical professionals cope with their difficult jobs and how humor affects the elderly and how it can increase communication in the workplace and in the classroom.

Psychology Today: Laugher The Best Medicine

Laughter reduces pain, increases job performance, connects people emotionally, and improves the flow of oxygen to the heart and brain. “Laughter, it’s said, is the best medicine. And there’s lots of evidence that laughter does lots of good things for us.It reduces pain and allows us to tolerate discomfort. It reduces blood sugar levels, increasing glucose tolerance in diabetics and nondiabetics alike.


Over 32 million souls have watched the above video & had a good laugh, be one in millions … 


Humor improves your job performance, especially if your work depends on creativity and solving complex problems. Its role in intimate relationships is vastly underestimated and it really is the glue of good marriages.


It synchronizes the brains of speaker and listener so that they are emotionally attuned. Laughter establishes — or restores — a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between two people.


In fact, some researchers believe that the major function of laughter is to bring people together. And all the health benefits of laughter may simply result from the social support that laughter stimulates. Laughter helps your blood vessels function better.


It acts on the inner lining of blood vessels, called the endothelium, causing vessels to relax and expand, increasing blood flow. In other words, it’s good for your heart and brain, two organs that require the steady flow of oxygen carried in the blood. 


Etta Picasso added to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s saying and concluded you have to “Live well, laugh often and love much” what a better way to start turning your life around. President’s who have enjoyed humor have lived longer studies have shown, how much more you …


We are not advocating an ascetical approach to life, that’s not what we are talking about here; laughing often does not turn you in a Chainama zombie even, it helps you reflect on issues more objectively as opposed to subjectively.


We at the Zambian Chronicle believe in laughter, it helps us to be more productive and our work has often spoken volumes on our behalf compared to other blogs where personal attacks are the order of the day.


Humor works for us, you can choose whatever you like for yourself … it is said of Microsoft Corporation when it started that Bill Gates encouraged his people to laugh often, relax often and take a different view at problems.


They needed that at Microsoft because they were trailblazers in many aspects. People had never used Windows Operating Software before, they were in uncharted territory and so are we, we believe we are building a new multi-media enterprise of a different kind …


One of the world’s most profitable airlines, Southwest Airlines has strategically integrated humor into work places in order to create a positive environment between employees and customers; Tiger Woods makes his millions while teeing with a smile on his face.


Rush Limburgh is the world’s highest paid talk show host making $400,000,000 on his new contract with Clear Channel because his show incorporates a lot of humor; Michael Jordon was the highest paid entertainer of his time because he incorporated humor with his playing tactics and style.


Barack Obama made it look like getting the US Presidency was the easiest thing one could do by laughing his detractors off, raising over $700,000,000 in the process because he was always friendly, smiling and approachable, used a lot of humor in the process and the rest is history …


You only have one life, agility requires flexibility and relaxation … the best pilot is the one whose hand moves freely, if you are stiff and gloomy you will crash. Relax, take a deep breathe, life’s hardest battle have been won with a sigh before, and only when you laugh your problems away can you sometimes focus …


Remember the other old adage, “… easy does it or take it easy”. These things hold true, every time you tried too hard, just know it probably was not meant to be … Life itself was really never meant to be complicated, we just complicate it with the choices we make, it was never meant to be hard, we make it hard by cutting corners.


Every short cut in life is a wrong cut, run the gambit and the rest will be history. Learn to do right the first time, all the time, every time; laugh at it while you are at it, have some sense of humor, make it funny and always have some fun, trust me on this …


Live Well, Laugh Often and Love Much; and if I may add one more thing –  Write A Lot!!!!


But don’t forget to – Live Long & Prosper; that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion.


Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO  & President – Zambian Chronicle 


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