Thailand has been known as the Land of smiles. Work and play must contain at least a little Sanuke (to have fun, to enjoy oneself and have a good time).
– From a study done by Dr. Suntaree Komin, a Thai psychologist and a Fulbright scholar, who wrote a publication entitled Psychology of the Thai People: Values and Behavioral Patterns.
Implications for a Missionary:
- Don’t be boring.
- Don’t be a killjoy.
- Don’t be a stick in the mud.
- Have a sense of humor.
- If you are naturally a stiff, learn how to relax and have some fun.
- Plan some times to do activities with friends. Just as friends.
- When teaching something serious, possibly illustrate it with humorous or ridiculous examples. Studies show that humor greatly increases retention anyway.