There was a nanny who tried to put a baby to sleep. But no matter how hard she tried, the baby kept on crying. She felt very helpless. Suddenly, she had a thought. She asked the baby’s father, a governmental official, to get a book. The official asked her what the book was for. The nanny replied: “I often see you fall asleep as soon as you read a book.”
About Good Laughs
Good Laughs (笑得好) is a collection of short stories edited by the Chinese doctor Cheng-Jin Shi (石成金) of the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). This collection can be considered as the Chinese version of Aesop’s Fables. Dr. Shi was believed to have lived between the Kangxi and early Qianlong reigns. He also authored many other books on remedies for life and health.
Good Laughs is meant to nourish the heart with stories. In the preface, Dr. Shi wrote: “People are entertained by being sarcastic; I inspire people with sarcasm. It entertains the heart, but it can also save a life like acupuncture.”