'When two or three sciences are pursued at the same time if one of them be dry, as logic, let another be more entertaining, to secure the mind from weariness.'
I was thinking earlier today that the people I know who are truly successful in their way, basically meaning happy and content, all share one common denominator- they all laugh a lot. Not just at obviously funny things, but little things can also cause them to laugh even part-way through a sentence. This is interesting as it indicates that when you find joy in life your whole persona lights up and releases your true sense of humour.
This observation of Isaac Watts is basically saying the same thing, also with a dry sense of humour! If we study too studiously... yes I like that take LOL... people are less inclined to listen to us. The upshot is that people become so transfixed with their subjects they end up being a bore. Humour is a tonic which wake us up and prevents us from becoming weary. When you laugh how time flies! Laughter is a great learning aid, especially when we are learning new things: we remember them better if the teacher injects funny stories or examples. Laughter really does play a key part in enabling the retention of information.
Final thought, another brilliant side effect of laughter is that it keeps us young, in features and mind. How much better it is to grow old with laughter lines rather than frown lines!
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