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Liberating Laughter

Definitely one of my favourite videos so I decided to blog about it.

Honestly, I’ve watched this eleven second video about twenty times and I laugh EVERY time! I don’t know why I find it so funny – maybe it’s because we have squirrels on our deck railing who look at us with that same cute, little face . . .maybe it’s the voice – I don’t know and it doesn’t matter anyways.

It’s just good to laugh. That’s the simple truth.

I don’t understand my sense of humour even though I’ve actually tried to analyze it. I remember writing university papers about humour, researching different kinds of humour, taking little quizzes about what makes me laugh but I still don’t get it. What’s really funny is that when I showed Chris this video, I chuckled all the way through it (again!) and Chris responded with, “I don’t even find it funny.”  

So, there you go. I don’t understand the whys and hows of humour but I sure do enjoy laughing.

I am so thankful that I am married to someone who makes me laugh every day – many times. (Yet, he didn’t laugh at this video at all! What’s that all about??) I also have friends who make me laugh so hard that I can hardly breathe. I enjoy my kids’ humour and Phoenie, our comedian grandson thrives on making me laugh when we’re together. It’s all good. I have tea mugs to remind me and pictures on my bulletin board to prompt me. Laugh, girl, laugh.

I want to laugh but more importantly, I NEED to laugh. Henry Ward Beecher once said, “Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it.”  There’s an old Yiddish proverb that says, “What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.” I wholeheartedly agree that laughter is a cleansing and purifying experience so I want to climb in the tub and bathe in it. Laughter washes off the heaviness of life.

Laughter lightens the load.

Laughter lingers and lifts.

Laughter gifts me with time to look up, regain my perspective, remember what’s important and let the rest go.

Like I said, I need to laugh. Ken Kesey said it well when he claimed, “Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.”

Scripture speaks deep truth when it says;

For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.Proverbs 15.15

and

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17.22

and

A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but with a heartache comes depression. Proverbs 15.13

For some reason, this squirrel video tickles my fancy so I just sit back and laugh.

There is a purifying power in laughter. It is truth in palatable form. It is instant vacation. Seeing the comical side of many situations makes life a great deal easier. It’s like riding through life on sensitive springs that ease every jolt. Eugene P. Bertin, 1968

2 Comments

  1. I can attest to that, Diane: laughter is good for the soul. They taught us that at Toronto Rehab and I’m glad they did. You have to sometimes make an appointment with laughter — to find someone, or something, that makes you laugh.

    • Diane (Author)

      “Make an appointment with laughter”….I like that. Thanks, Cynthia.

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