I am in week 5 of a government funded further education program and so far I am having the most fun, I have had for years. When I say fun, I mean that we are in “stitches” maybe 20 minutes into the school hours. We start at 8! And the jokes and laughter continue all through the day. We are done by 4.
Now don’t get me wrong, we are not rolling on the floor with laughter all day…we are learning as well!
Day 1, 8 total strangers: 5 men and 3 women, age rage 28-56. Nothing in common but the educational coupon that brought us there. At least 8 different expectations and reservations(I dare wager that none of us really expected to find FUN on the curriculum!) The actual syllabus covers everything from job-related German to Labor Law.
Our lecturers, like us come from all walks of life and are not just proper, savvy professionals but open minded human beings with excellent people skills. No dry, stuffy, stiff teaching methods, but their own colorful life related examples are woven into the material which they have to communicate to us.
As a group, we clicked from week one, we have a common wavelength which surpasses all our differences. A some-what non-conventional sense of humor, ambiguous- kind of twisted. The group has a dynamic of its own, surprising to all of us as well as the staff. The faculty has been preparing in vain for the clash which takes place in every group somewhere around week two; are prepared to step in with ground rules, protocol of behavior! Here we are though, still laughing!
Week four we were joined by another participant. The 4th woman, at first we all thought that this might throw the group off kilter, but it turned out that she is one of us!!! How strange is that? A person who fit in, as if she had been there from Day 1 as well. Of all the possibilities, another person on the same wave-length?
The hours pass quickly, we arrive looking forward to the day and we leave with a sense of not just having come one day closer to the ultimate goal, our certification at the end of this 6 month course, but having passed a fun filled good day. Learning the fun way!
Laughter is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations. Laughter is used as a signal for being part of a group — it signals acceptance and positive interactions with others. Laughter is sometimes seen as contagious.
A wonderful thing about true laughter is that it just destroys any kind of system of dividing people.
John Cleese, English Actor (Faulty Towers)
(Picture not my own)