You don’t have to remind me about the value of humor, but sometimes laughter is like a nudge. After a good laugh…ahhh…there it is again, I’ve found that wonderful feeling, don’t sweat over small stuff, and it is ALL small stuff.
So, the other day I was scrolling through LaShonda Tyree’s Handmade Soap Coach site and stumbled across a photo with a caption that led me to laugh out loud, “Life is short, smile while you still have teeth.” Hysterical, and oh so appropriate at that particular moment in my day.
A friend at work loves to say, at the times we need it most, “It ain’t no thing,” and “It’s all good.” Don’t sweat the small stuff. Smile while you still have teeth.
Remember the movie The In Law’s from some year in the past (1970’s)? I could be dating myself, but who cares? I still laugh myself crazy over what I call the serpentine scene. These two men end up dodging bullets, literally, running around (serpentining, excuse my language, like idiots). One says, “Serpentine!,” the other asks, “Are you kidding me?”, and the response is, “We’ll never make it if we keep on lying here!” Good old humor, and with a twist…we’ll never make it if we keep on lying here (without our sense of humor). We’ll be dead, and without teeth, right?
Life is tough. Life is short.
A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. Laughter is good medicine! (HelpGuide.org):
Laughter is good for your health
- Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
- Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
- Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
- Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirt dries up the bones.
Anyone for a good dose of slapstick humor? When was the last night you stumbled on your own feet, but managed to stay upright, and someone asked, “Did you have a nice trip?” Yeah, that sort of silliness. How about this story…I worked in downtown Indianapolis and we wore dresses and hosiery (a requirement), and slips as well. I lost my half slip standing at the corner while waiting for a traffic light to change. Seriously, girl. I stepped out of that slip and stuffed it in my coat pocket. When we walked into the office elevator a co-worker finally brought my special moment up. She said, “Way to go grace!” Ha! My name became Grace for several years after that. Tell me your story. We all want a good hearty laugh!
11 thoughts on “The Colorful Gift of Laughter”
Today we forget to lough by heart, it’s really necessary for life, very much useful and inspiring post, thanks for sharing.
I agree. We are keyed up people, and we need to let go. Thank you.
Thanks a lot for your kind words
Love it. I cherish the times when I know that I will be with warm family and friends and there will be laugh out loud moments.
Comfortable moments. I agree, Sharon.
Life is so much less stressful when I remember to laugh! Thanks for the reminder, Mary!
I think we need to be like kids again. They always remember.
I love to laugh. So good for the soul. And I’ve heard it reduces blood pressure.
Hello there, Donna. I had a good laugh at work yesterday, after I had posted this. It was as if my body was cleansed of tension. Perfect timing, right?
Wow. Did you stop wearing slips after that? I think I would have. lol
I know! No, I still wore them for a while. Ha.