Laughter once again proves the best medicine (07-04-2005) Strong-willed domestic worker Lam Nhat Nhat, played by actress Ngoc Bich, terrorises two old mistresses. — VNS Photo Doan Tung HA NOI — The throng of black-market ticket sellers in front of the Ha Noi Youth Theatre is testament to the lasting popularity of laughter. The theatre's latest production, Doi Cuoi 5 (Laughing Life 5) is the latest in the series of Doi Cuoi which have become a popular trademark for the theatre. Directed by well-known artist Le Hung, Doi Cuoi 5 is adapted from the literary work Ben O Sin (Wharf of Domestic Helpers) by writer Ho Anh Thai. The comic play has four separate stories linked by a story-teller. The play opens with the story of a relationship between master and servant in Ha Noi of the past. The other stories view similar relationships in the present day in the stories of four domestic workers called Lam Nhat Nhat, Khuat Nhi Nhi, Ly Tam Tam and Ti Tu Tu. The domestic workers … [Read more...] about Laughter once again proves the best medicine
Laughter is the best medicine essay
PARIS - A rattling good laugh with friends will help you deal with pain thanks to opiate-like chemicals that flood the brain, according to a British study released on Wednesday. Researchers carried out lab experiments in which volunteers watched either comedy clips from Mr Bean or Friends, or non-humorous items such as golf or wildlife programmes, while their resistance to mild pain was monitored. Another test was conducted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the volunteers watched either a stand-up comedy show or a theatrical drama. In lab conditions, the pain came from a deep-frozen wine-cooler sleeve which was slipped onto the arm or from a blood-pressure cuff that was pumped to the threshold of tolerance. For the Fringe Festival, the volunteers were asked to do a tough exercise - leaning against the wall with their legs at right angles, as if sitting on a straight-backed chair - before and immediately after the performance, to see if laughter had helped with the pain. Just … [Read more...] about Laughter really is the best medicine
Dishonesty does exist, to varying degrees, just about everywhere in society. Sometimes we refer to "white lies" that are told to protect somebody's feelings, especially our own. The old saying holds that "Honesty is the best policy," but there are exceptions to this policy. Usually it's wrong to lie, but sometimes it's wrong to tell the truth. Telling a lie can be the right and moral course of action. As an extreme example, a well-placed lie or disinformation can save innocent people from a horrible fate. But in normal daily life, honesty is usually the best course of action. There are lies, falsehoods and distortions in many aspects of American society. The smart response is to simply be aware and approach life with a healthy skepticism. To use a historic example, I point to the Declaration of Independence, which declared, "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." And so on. A lofty, noble ideal - but remember that this was 18th century America and … [Read more...] about Honesty is the best policy
Vietnam has become the world’s second biggest rice exporter but the incomes of rice growers are equivalent to families who are just a shade above the poverty line. Vietnam’s first ever Rice Festival was held in the southern province of Hau Giang to promote the country’s rice industry. The festival helped the State and the general public to get a better understanding of how rice is grown and traded. However, the best award for rice growers is to help them escape from poverty. Dealing with food security is essential for Vietnam during its economic renewal process. Throughout the regional and global economic crisis, rice production helped to balance out economic growth and stabilise the country. Since 2003, Vietnam has been the second biggest rice exporter in the world and is expected to export around 6 million tonnes of rice this year alone. However, rice farmers are the poorest people in society. The Mekong Delta region, which plays a key role in ensuring the … [Read more...] about Making farmers become well off is the best way to honour them
Phu Quoc Island is one of the most popular resort destinations in southern Vietnam. Photo: Shutterstock Planning your holidays in Vietnam, you might wonder when it is the best time to visit the country. The answer is quite simple: anytime is the best time! No, but seriously. I think it depends on how you would like to spend your holidays in Vietnam. If you want to stay at a nice and cozy beach resort, sipping cocktails and getting a tan, you will want to set your timing different than if you want an active holiday. But first things first: Vietnam is a long country, stretching over a thousand miles, from Sa Pa in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south. There are roughly two different climates, the northern climate with four seasons and the tropical climate with only two: dry and wet. The meteorological divide between the two main climates is the Hai Van Pass between Hue and Da Nang. Climate of the south Let's start in the south of Vietnam. The dry season lasts from December to … [Read more...] about When is the best time to visit Vietnam?