I’m quite self-conscious about my current pair of glasses. I don’t like how they look in pictures, and the lenses seem to look horrendously thicker than in previous pairs I’ve worn. There aren’t too many photos of me since I got them a year ago. I was dubbed ‘Hubble’ last week as a result of someone trying on my oh-so-stunning specs. I started laughing at the visual in my head about what I could see with my Hubble space goggles, and every time I think about it I start laughing all over again. It’s probably one of those ‘had to be there’ moments.
I farted once as someone walked into my office, and am now forced to relive that memory periodically at the mercy of the colleague, who went on to become my brother-in-law! Another co-worker and I were laughing so hard and loud one time that the owner of the company walked down the hall to find out what on earth could be so spectacularly funny. There was an incident years ago where I was playing footsies under the table with someone who I thought was my guy, only to find out it was someone else altogether. When I asked him why he didn’t say anything to me, his response was, “It felt good!” If you had any idea how quiet and reserved this guy was, it would only add to the hilarity of it. To this day it still makes me laugh – out loud.
I had a family doctor years ago who did extensive research on the topic of laughter and enjoyment. He often carried a folder with goofy cartoons he could hand out to others when it was appropriate, and his exam rooms featured funny posters on the ceilings. His trusty folder also carried statistics on the effects of happiness on health; the results were staggering. Even before studies on this topic became popular, he knew what we so often now hear – laughter is the best medicine! He worked diligently and creatively at incorporating humour into his role, and he was exceptionally good at it.
It’s pretty clear I think, that we all know the affect laughter has on us. Whether it’s a lighthearted friend, a family physician, Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader (I know about this book because I gave it to my dad a few years back haha) … a stand up comic or a funny movie, we need to stimulate those endorphins to overtake us once in a while! The Carol Burnett Show is a classic, because they could not refrain from laughing at themselves, which is what truly made it the success it was. I loved that show. Even the Bible says, “A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” I certainly don’t want ‘dry bones’ anytime soon!
There are countless moments in my life when I have laughed uncontrollably. I’ve experienced several fits of laughter that required me to cross my legs so I wouldn’t well, you know. Laughing at yourself is one of those key elements that allows us to not take life so seriously, to live in the moment, and to not get hung up on little things that don’t matter in the big scheme of things anyway. In the midst of chaos and difficulty it is so easy to succumb to frustration or sadness. Last week’s Hubble comment is etched in my brain as an uplift to my soul. I’m not so sure I’m going to get rid of these glasses of mine anytime soon. Yah right.
This blog itself may not cause you to roar with laughter, but hopefully it triggers some memories that will bring a smile to your face. Hopefully you’ll laugh instead of cringe next time you embarrass yourself. If life is proving a challenge, watch a good comedy, or go hang out with someone you know will make you laugh. Your health will thank you for it.
I know I’m anticipating my next Hubble moment!
** Please share one of your funny stories or embarrassing moments, so we can all enjoy an extra smile today. One way you can make a difference….
Food for Thought
“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” ~ Woody Allen