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Why Is God Laughing?: The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  988 ratings  ·  126 reviews
In this refreshing new take on spirituality, bestselling author Deepak Chopra uses a fictional tale of a comedian and his unlikely mentor to show us a path back to hope, joy, and even enlightenment—with a lot of laughter along the way.

Meet Mickey Fellows. A successful L.A. comedian, he’s just a regular guy, with his fair share of fears, egocentricities, and addictions. Af
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2008)
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Ketika sedang luntang lantung ga karuan di toko buku Gramedia di Pekanbaru, tak sengaja mata melihat sebuah buku dengan judul “menggoda”.” Mengapa Tuhan Tertawa?”. Jadi inget si naga yang sering memanggil gus gieb dengan “han han“. Jadi teringat teman-teman dan keluarga di Jakarta. Homesick yang kuderita semakin kuat mendera *lebay mode on*.

Ternyata..setelah kudekati si buku tadi, nafsu membeli buku semakin kuat ketika kulihat nama sang penulis –Deepak Chopra-. Siapa coba yang tdk pernah menden
Ordinary Dahlia
Secara keseluruhan idenya hampir sama dengan fire in the heart yaitu pertemuan antara manusia terpilih dengan seorang incredible yang membuka paradigma berfikir walaupun menurut pendapat g lokasinya kurang tepat karena terasa kurang mistis (hahah, ga penting tapi g tetep merasa ada yang salah)

Lewat teka-teki, buku ini menyoroti sesuatu yang lekat pada diri setiap manusia yaitu takut, ego dan candu. Terdengar sangat bagus dan menjanjikan bukan? Tapi ternyata cerita dan candaan yang disod
It's always good to be reminded not to buy into fear and not to be driven by one's ego. The storyline in this book is interesting, but I didn't find any big revelations. I was surprised by the assertion that sin does not really exist in this world and that God laughs when he thinks people believe there is sin. Really. Murder is not sin? Stealing is not sin? What are they? Oh, right, illusions. I don't buy it. I don't believe that grace comes from obtaining some secret knowledge or by understandi ...more
Just like all of Chopra's novels, this one is wrought with philosophy! It's pretty easy to find in this one and he gives a discourse in the back that is wonderful!
Favorite Quote of the Book:

"you keep on doing what never worked in the first place...dont.

addictions are artificial substitutes...

you're stuck on things that never bring you what you really want

you can't have real roses so you buy plastic ones

you can't think sweet thoughts so you gobble down sugar

you can't figure out how to be happy so
A great read. It is a spiritual book but not in the lecture style of so many of the genre. Deepak Chopra is inspiring and writes narratives that are easy to relate to. Definitely a worth read!! (and it only took 2 days to read)
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Good reminders, but I wasn't wild about the format or the allegory. Still, the insights were helpful. And I like that the audio was read by the author.
It was okay. I found that Mickey's story kind of dragged along. I didn't find the writing in that first part to be particularly good or at all funny. Maybe I was in the wrong mood for reading this book, but I did go in with high expectations. I came out disappointed, although the second part brought it together nicely, which is why I rounded up to two stars. I do get it. I just didn't like the book.

There was one part that stuck out for me, though, when the author was writing about how people ten
Mingo Johnson
It is about Mickey Fellows's, who is a successful comedian in L.A., journey to joy happiness and peace. After his father's death, Mickey meets Francisco, who changes his life forever. Mickey is given three riddles that he must answer, but his uses his experiences to answer them. Then the author gives the reader ten principles to guide on the road to joy and spiritual optimism.
I liked the format of this book in that it was easy to understand and he slips important messages in without beating you over the head with it. The last section of the book was the most helpful to me and something i know I'll reference again and again. This made me want to read more of his books!
Robert Day
I guess this isn't art for art's sake. There's a point to and a lesson in this story, and it's to do with morality and how to live your life.

This guy's father dies and it leads him to change things in his life. He is led through these changes by a mysterious stranger who tells him stuff and guides him to experience stuff that triggers these changes.

It made me think, albeit briefly, how interesting it would be to attempt a social experiment like that. I could scan the death announcements in the l
I still don't know why God is laughing, but I know why Deepak Chopra is laughing...
Lee Anne
I picked this up hoping it would make me "happier with my lot in life," as I tend to put it. Every once in a while, reading some Self-Improvement/New Age-y title seems like a good idea, and I'd never read Deepak Chopra before, and you know how I like all things Indian...

Too bad the lessons are awkwardly couched in a Mitch Albom-style narrative, in which an actor/comedian, upset over the death of his father, meets a mysterious stranger who encourages him, though various exercises, riddles, and ba
there were some funny jokes in this book, funny enough for me to attempt to memorize them and add them to my whole 2 other jokes i can ever remember... but i just didn't like the parable story about a selfish comic who is visited by the ghost of his father and an otherworldy guide/guru who teaches him what life is really about: letting go of ego and living in the present moment and if you are quiet enough, you can hear the music of the spheres, which is god laughing. i liked the last part, the g ...more
The answer to the question, "Why is God Laughing?" might very well be, "He's doing something more entertaining than reading this book."

Sorry to slam Deepak, but this book just failed to connect with me for three reasons:

1) The spiritual platitudes, while solid, were ones I've heard many times before, from various sources. Not that I fault Chopra for this, maybe it's just that the basics of a spiritual life are universal and as ancient as wisdom itself. But, still, I'm always looking for an evolu
Adih Respati
Chopra tells the of tale of Mickey, a stage comic, whose recently deceased father's soul came to clue him in that he's about to get a lesson on life. A guide equipped with puzzles, Francisco, is provided to help Mickey sees that he has been, among other things, trapped in life of fear, addicted to his ego, and have been taken hostage by social role that life entices instead of being a free soul. These get in a way to his own happiness --a big irony for a guy whose daily job is to bring laughter ...more
Peggy Bansbach
I listened to the audio version of this book. I so enjoy listening to Deepak's voice. Parts of this were funny. If only we all could have someone return after death to help us realize why we are who we are. Deepak's insights on God and the universe are very enlightening.
After having just read "Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desires," I thought I would check out the newest one from Chopra. It is written in story format, not nonfiction lecture. I got into the story. The Epilogue contained Chopra's thoughts on joy and optimism. Since I remain fairly optimistic in my life, or at least end back up there after troubles, I wondered whether the advice would resonate. It left me with the same struggle I have had for years--one that pops up often in my affinity toward Easter ...more

This book is a short and quick read, and therefore important morals and points are explicit. I felt some of these points, however, were lost through the lack of character development, especially in Mickey the main character.
I expected more from this book. The forward by Mike Meyers lists his 3 heros as his dad, Deepak Chopra and Del Close. I was hoping that Close's understanding of Truth = Comedy would inform this book as deeply as Chopra's brand of Truth Seeking. Unfortunately, the bulk of the book is a weak narrative about a "famous comedian" who peppers his spiritual transformation with humor - but the humor is actually just a series of old jokes familiar to anyone who reads Readers Digest or listens to Prairie ...more
Melissa Deangelis
I thought that this was a very enlightening and a spiritual journey to the place that all want a understanding of our soul
Which I can get it that I am a lot more than just a woman.
Chenley Cabaluna
Buddhism. lol. A must read para sa mga gustong ma-enlightened sa kanilang path and life. LOL hahahahah! Yung mga hindi pa nahahanap ang sarili nila, this is your chance! HAHAHA :))
I have been a fan of Deepak since the mid-to-late eighties when I saw him along with Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, and others at a killer event in the Bay Area. I went in thinking, "Deepak who??" and was blown away by his talk on quantum physics and the body.

I liked this book, even though I did not like the cheesy comic so much. I particularly like the thought of "listening to the music of the spheres" and the comic's father who after dying said that he heard God's Laughing.

There were a lot
This book is pretty good, but I felt a little indifferent to the end. At first he weaves an easy to follow story about a guy, down on his luck. He meets a strange new friend who challenges him to look at things differently by placing him in situations. He learns and you learn with him. All well and good, but at the very end, the guy reaches pure enlightenment and metaphorically flies off the end of the pier after having giving up everything.

Yeah right...from schmoe to enlightenment in about 6 mo
Ashley Boney
Deepak is actually a pretty awesome fiction writer.
I would have given this a higher rating were I new to these types of books. It's a good parable, the jokes got on my nerves, but that wasn't the point. (just too many bad jokes in there though even if it was part of who the character was I couldn't take it after awhile).
Having said that, the info in here was another layer of reminders and another layer of information that is gently laid out for you to do with it what you will. (hey its your life, so make something good of it if you can)
Easy read
This fictional tale by Deepak is reminiscent of the Peaceful Warrior books and the Carlos you gbooks. A comdedian who has avoided the spiritual side of himself goes on a spiritual journey. Deepak ends the "morality tale/novel" with full explanation of what he believes to be the spiritual journey. I didn't love or hate this book. Once you've read a few of Deepak's books, you become familiar with his message. A couple of the comedian's jokes were pretty funny, and gave me a laugh in the car drivin ...more
Easy read, it's always good for me to be reminded that fear, ego and addiction get in the way of living in the moment with my spiritual self. Nothing new in this book, I would have liked to have read more about the journey or "how to" of staying in that spiritual place rather than just recognizing that you need to find it. I realize the last chapter does show this but the book really ended for me before the last chapter. I would have liked the last chapter to have been included in Mickey's journ ...more
Jazzy D
The only Deepak Chopra book I've read, and loved it!! I need to re-read it again. It was awesome.
The premise of this book is that you should feel free enough to make a fool of yourself and that perfect freedom/understanding/love/etc. comes when you can do that. I'm not opposed to the lesson or the sentiment; I'll even agree with it -- it's just that I think most of the time parables such as this make rather tendentious reading - characters are created and animated just to make a point. The person who recommended it to me found it meaningful; it just didn't work for me. zzzzzzzz
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Deepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of eighty books books with twenty-two New York Times best sellers in both
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