“Laughter is an instant vacation.”
Hurrah… It’s Friday! Do you have any plans? We’ve had a busy week around here, and I think we’re just going to relax after supper, and watch some comedies.
This has got me thinking that it would be fun to head into the weekend with a focus on laughter. So today, I’ll share some ideas, links, quotes, and yes… even jokes from around the web.
“I try to find a reason to laugh each day. Somehow, if you can incorporate laughter into your day, every day, it really helps. It’s the little things in life that make me happy. “
I love to laugh… and who doesn’t, really? Scientists have even observed that some other animal species engage in laughter, too. Did you know that? I didn’t, until I researched laughter for this post. I guess it proves that everyone loves to laugh. And why shouldn’t we? I can’t speak for the other species, but I do know that laughing is a wonderful way to enrich our human life.
Laughing relaxes us, and helps us regain perpective. It is like nature’s reset button.
In fact, there have been a few difficult times in my life when the laughter reset button has helped me… in my sleep! I call them my laughing dreams. I’ve only had a few, but they are surprisingly therapeutic. In these dreams, some little thing will trigger my laughter. It’s usually something that isn’t really that funny, but in the dream, it seems absolutely hilarious. I laugh until my stomach muscles ache and tears are rolling down my cheeks. Isn’t that a delightful dream? Has anyone else ever had these? I wake up with a fresher perspective, feeling relaxed, as if I’d just had one of the best belly laughs ever.
“Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that’s because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.”
Laughter is a way to connect with people we love, and a way to gel new friendships.
Laughter can also help us to defuse conflict and soften awkward situations. Like the time someone at work ripped his pants (loudly). As the leader of the group, my immediate reaction was to laugh kindly, smile at him and the group, and say, “These things happen… Good thing you’re among friends.” Silence would have made the incident far more awkward, while laughter was able to soften the embarrassment. The laughter became a source of support, recognizing that these things can happen to any of us.
“I believe in the power of laughter and tears as an antidote to hatred and terror.”
Here are some links about laughter. Why not relax over a glass of wine or a hot cup of coffee, and check some of these out:
Have you heard of this documentary? I am curious to see it.
The Power of Laughter. He gets a standing ovation at the end of this Ted Talk.
Can you detect the different kinds of laughter? The very funny cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares many surprising facts about laughter.
This man helps people who are in rehab heal by getting them hooked on laughter.
A CNN news clip about Laughter Yoga.
Want to try laughter yoga? Try this. Warning: it looks silly. Very. But I have to tell you this quick story! The other day, my son was really grumpy about something. I had just watched this video, so I said, “Hey, maybe we can try laughing yoga to improve your mood!” I started to do one of the exercises. He thought I was crazy and refused to participate, but the whole situation was so ridiculous, that soon laughter was bubbling out of him, as hard as he tried to keep a sullen expression on his face. Within two minutes, his mood had completely changed and we were talking about our day. So… maybe laughter yoga does work!
Four jokes and some reflection on humour.
Here are “50 terrible, quick jokes that’ll get you a laugh on demand“. I have to admit, I haven’t read them all! But I have included a sampler of the jokes, below, because 6 of these jokes are probably quite enough: 😉
1) It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally.
2) If you want to catch a squirrel just climb a tree and act like a nut.
3) Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like banana.
4) My friend recently got crushed by a pile of books, but he’s only got his shelf to blame.
5) What’s the best part about living in Switzerland? Not sure, but the flag is a big plus.
6) What did Jay-Z call his girlfriend before they got married? Feyoncé.
Thanks for stopping by home hurrah.com. Have a great weekend!
I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get you’re emotions going.