My mother loved playing pranks on April Fool’s Day. She would scheme for weeks before, often smiling to her as she contemplated how she would fool us. People often wonder why I laugh so much. I really do. Sometimes, I even go into laughing fits. Sadly, not as much lately. But I have managed to find laughter still amidst all my pain and sorrow.
I’d like to think I tend to laugh as much as I do because my mom taught early on to look for and to create those moments for share laughter. A good belly laugh can be the best cure for what ails you. At least, for a moment or two.
As I wake up very early today thinking of my ling to-do list, here are a few things that make me laugh.
My two silly dogs, whom I refer to as thing 1 and thing 2 to crack myself up, make me laugh every day. Each is super sweet but quirky. Together, they are a riot in how they bark in unison at the deer or a FedEx truck. They also crack me up by following me everywhere and just staring at me.
I love comedy clubs. I love the times when you go to a club and hope you don’t get picked on by the comedian on stage. You laugh but not too boisterously if you are near the front. In that vein, I just love Bill Burr and Jim Jefferies. Sadly, Chris Rock has a little bit of his witty bite. Further, although not stand-up comedy, I do love the comedy show called New Girl. I truly belly lsugh for a good 15 minutes.
I love laughing at evil, take-themselves-too-seriously people. I particularly love laughing at said people with a few good people who have a bunch of whitty comebacks. The best is texting each other during meetings with abhorrent people. It lightens up the mood. And, that is the power of technology wherein we now meet virtually and can take a laughing reprieve. I know I shouldn’t admit to it. But it’s true, and many of you do it as well.
I also laugh at myself all the time. For instance, I could swear I have solved all of life’s biggest problems in my dreams. The joke is on me that I can’t remember my dreams. I laugh at the thought that if maybe we stayed asleep long enough, life’s problems would be easily solved.
You know what else is funny, that one should just shrug off and laugh about: song lyrics. Think about this lyric “I set fire to the rain.” Hmm. Ok.
I could go on. However, I need to get up and make the donuts. I mean, coffee. I do hope this April Fool’s day is a fun one.
Just remember laughter is good for you. Laughter has health benefits which include lowered stress, heightened immunity, and even increased pain tolerance. That last part, admittedly, doesn’t truly seem fun.
Categories: childhood, family, Humor, Pop Culture, Psychology
Absolutely. Humor has helped me through all of the difficult transitions of my life. The ability to laugh at oneself is a gift, not always available in context, but in retrospect, it can be rejuvenating.
I depend on my “Cosmic Improv Group” to bust me whenever I lose perspective. This is an imaginary cache of creatures whose main source of entertainment is me. I’ve posted blogs about the CIG before.
My parents both had lively senses of humor. My mother loved puns, while claiming “puns are the lowest form of humor”.
She also used to tell me to “give it the light touch” when I took something too seriously. Yet, nothing can alleviate tension better than a well timed, unexpected, witticism.
Pets and other animals can lighten my mood, if I allow it.
I commend you for your appreciation for the gift of laughter, especially in these troubling times, and in your personal grief. There really is magic in every moment, if we choose to see it.
I love that concept of the cosmic improv group! Thanks for sharing that. Very inspiring
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Thank you for the reassurance. The ability to laugh at oneself is easily lost, but the CIG doesn’t allow me to take myself too seriously for very long.
“A seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or
proposition that when investigated or explained may
prove to be well founded or true.”
Paradox: Dear Miriam God Yes
Strength Comes From Peace
Will Springs From Love
Fear is A Source
oF ALL Weakness
Love Heals Pain And
Anxiety Laughter is Love
Expressed Best Warm Oxytocin
Flowing From Head to Toe And
Spreading Like Wild Fire At Least
To Folks Who Are Open to Love ThiS Way
iNDeeD How the Meek Inherit The Earth Riding
A Mule into Town on a ‘Sabbath to Work’ or Just Dancing
And Singing As
Do With No
Word May Be Non-Sense
in Song Yet The Joy on A Child’s
Face in This Free Dance And Song
Is What So-Called Educated Humans
Forget To Do Replacing Smiles With Frowns
And This is Why After Living Such A Serious Life in
Government Work For A Quarter of a Century Particularly
in White Collar Red Tape Ways to Make Any Decisions in Life
Where That Truly Foolish And Insane Behavior almost Cost my Life
i Reclaimed April 1st As my Day Every Day The Fool i Am NewLY NoW
With A Free Dance For No Other ReaSon Than Laughs and Smiles And
Of Course The Most WiLL And Strength Standing Upon A Foundation
of LoVE iN Peace of Grace in Balance As a Free Dance Will Bring Our Entire
The Within of Peace
With Love Flowing in
Naked Enough Whole Complete
Laughter Echoing in the ‘Forest of Pan…’
Giving Sharing Caring Healing For All NewLY NoW
Yes! With Most Respect And Least Harm iN JoY oF LiGHT
Yet God Yes True the Best Part of All it Doesn’t Require A
Long Form EPiC Poem Song to Explain Just A Non-Sense
Dance Full of Emotions and Senses Regulating and Integrating
From Head to Toe
Will Play to Make
The Environment one
is in A Totally Different
Experience For the Audience At Hand…
And iNDeeD THiS WaY The Fool iNHeRiTS LoVE iN Peace
And Just Gives it Away Dancing As Any Fool Will Love To Do Free…
Every Day Ever
WHeRE i Am NewLY NoW…
Yet You See i Don’t Own This
Ever Lasting Day i Only Play…
Another Way i Express This is in the Military
Gym A Free Flowing Divine Feminine Dance
of Peace Finger Tips Feathers in the Wind
And Then Gently Loading Up 1540 Pounds
on Two Bars And Roaring Like a Lion
in Effortless Ease
12 Reps at Close
to 63 Years of Age
Yawn Just Warming Up
Still Trying To Convince
The Big Macho Military Men Who May
Only Budge A Half or Less Than That Much 4 Decades
Younger Any Inch At All Yes if You Really Wanna Be Strong
Start Out As A Feather And End Up As the Lion’s Roar…
A Lion is No Fool Every Graceful Step is A Calorie Saved for
THiS iS How
The Meek Inherit The Earth…
The Other Animals
Don’t Need Myths
They Are No Fools
to Be ‘God’ FOR REAL iN Balance…
There Are Two Kinds of ‘Tricksters:’
One Gives Free
BacK iN ReTurn..:)
Hear hear! Reclaim april 1st!
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Laughter is the best medicine. – Bennett Cerf
What did the calendar say after a rough Monday and Tuesday?
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