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The healing power of humour

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In every society, we are bound by certain rules. The amazing thing about humour is that it gives us a way to challenge them. For a moment, the strings holding our reality in place are let loose, realigning to create space for something else. A new order? Different choices?

Through humour more becomes possible than we think: we can be braver. Stronger. Honest. Ourselves. It’s a tool that can empower and heal when it feels like the only alternative is anger. Or despair.

Wrapped inside humour’s riotous absurdity, there’s often a hidden truth. It resonates with our soul and we erupt into laughter. A universal expression of sheer joy. A release. A revolution. Or a way to bond – even when things are anything but amusing.

Comedy legend John Cleese understands its power like no other: “Laughter connects you with people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy.”

Enjoy and explore our new selection of stories: an ode to humour, laughter and the inspirational potential of all things funny.