I’m reading former FBI Director James Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. (“But, Leighann! The emails! I know. I know. Stop shouting.) Partway through the book, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Mr. Comey’s thoughts on laughter. He wrote:
“Laughing, in a genuine way, requires a certain level of confidence. Because we all look a little silly laughing. That makes us vulnerable; a state insecure people fear. And laughing is frequently an appreciation of others who have said something that is funny. That is, ‘you’ didn’t say it. And by laughing, you acknowledge the other [person]. Something else insecure people can’t do.” #Whelp!
I’ve never thought of laughter as a sign of both confidence and vulnerability, but I like it. I like it a lot. For me, laughter is a sign of freedom. What does it mean to you?