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From gurgles to giggles: the development of humour

My toddler, Tom, runs across the room shrieking with delight, as I follow close behind saying in my most ominous voice: "I'm coming to getcha! I'm coming to getcha!"

It's our newest game and he loves it, often collapsing in a fit of giggles.

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 9:49am

The power of your smile

I don't think everyone realises how important it is to smile. Smiling comes easily to some people, because they are happy. But not everyone smiles.

Smiling has the power to make us feel better. It's good if we can smile even if we feel miserable.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Having a bit of a laugh

Every morning on her way to work Angela Lee On-ki fires off a WhatsApp message to friends and students.

'The message is quite basic, just something like: 'Good morning. Ho ho ha ha ha. Have a nice day ...',' Lee explains. 'The main point is to remind people to keep laughing and smiling throughout the day.'

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Jest a minute

Chinese people aren't funny, at least according to a survey of university students in Hong Kong and on the mainland. Associate Professor Yue Xiaodong of City University, who conducted the poll, found that there is a cultural ambivalence among Chinese towards humour.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Funny side up

The perfect antidote to frantic living in Hong Kong is arguably laughter. The busier we get, the more we need humour. It may be overused, but there certainly is scientific truth behind the saying 'laughter is the best medicine'. It doesn't matter what makes you giggle. The act of laughing itself has healing properties.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Fish-out-of water Casper is 'straight man' in a mad world

Casper Candlewacks in Death by Pigeon By Ivan Brett Published by HarperCollins ISBN 978 000741559

It's refreshing when a book comes along with the sole purpose of making you laugh. Readers need a good chuckle every now and again to lighten up the mood after all the serious stuff that weighs down bookshop shelves.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Giggling guru tickles the funny bone in laughing yoga class

When was the last time you had a good belly laugh? If it took longer than a second to recall when, Madan Kataria might be the man to call.

Mumbai-based Kataria specialises in making people laugh, but he's not a comedian, he's a master of laughter yoga - a giggling guru. He teaches people how to laugh without a reason, he said.

24 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Poet on the rap track

On March 15, Young Post junior reporter Shreena Thakore met writer and poet Benjamin Zephaniah at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival. Shreena recounts her encounter with the British-Jamaican.

23 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Budget protest went very wrong

I have mixed feelings about people taking to the streets. I had thought protesting was a good civic education lesson for Hongkongers.

People in Hong Kong have the freedom of expression. Demonstrations are a direct way of expressing our opinions.

10 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Smile - it will make life better

People in Hong Kong do not smile enough. Everybody is always in a rush, whether it's going to school, going to work or running errands. They don't have the time to smile.

8 Mar 2011 - 12:00am