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I have often told people, “I want to die laughing…”!  And I mean it … when I am ready to go home to meet the Lord – that’s HOW I want to go. I want to die laughing….  Truly!  I love to laugh. As I get older, I often find myself not laughing as much.  Life gets hard sometimes, and I know for sure…  I want and need more laughter in my life – I bet you do, too!

Sometimes, at just the right moment, something really funny happens, I will be with a group of friends and someone tells such a hilarious story, I laugh so hard my jaw hurts and my gut does, too!  And, I love it.  At those times, I think God just knew I was under a little too much stress, and I needed a good dose of laughter.  I am guessing that a few of you can relate.

There is an age old saying “laughter is good for the soul”, and I surely believe it is true. 

 

Young cheerful woman laughing while chatting with friend

 

Let me share a few cute stories… I hope these make you smile!

I work from home, so I don’t exactly dress in business attire.  Usually I wear very comfortable clothes that I wouldn’t be caught dead in outside of my house.  I remember about a year ago, I ran to the grocery store (Publix) looking like a “ragamuffin”.  I ran into the store when it opened at 7:00 a.m., so I wouldn’t run into anyone I know dressed that way.  When I got my few items, I approached the checkout counter and looked up as I heard my name.  There was an old work acquaintance, Carrie, that I hadn’t seen in at least two years.  After exchanging pleasantries, Carrie, said, “Oh, by the way, Clare….

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… I thought you might like to know, your shirt is inside out.”  I looked down in horror and low and behold, it certainly was.  I just shook my head, we laughed, and I left.  Goodness!

Several years back, I worked at a job in an office (which was actually a home converted into a business). When it was Christmas time, the ladies decorated inside the office with lots of cute decorations…. but then I noticed this huge toy soldier.  I mean, it had to have been four feet tall.  It really gave me the “creepy jeepers” for some reason, and they had placed it very close to my desk.  Well, the ladies caught wind that the toy soldier gave me the “willies”, and they used to always joke and tease me about it.

One day, I got back from lunch and after a while got up to use the restroom.  When I was ready to use the toilet paper, I reached over to where it was normally, and there was the maddening TOY SOLDIER staring at me.  The girls had put the toilet paper on his arm.  I screamed… and then I howled with laughter…. as did the rest of the gang once they heard me scream.  We laughed and laughed for days over that one!

 

Typical Nutcracker wooden figure, which breaks the nuts using lever technology in its "mouth ".

 

Then, don’t even start me on the differences between men and women!

Woman tells her husband she is going to the store to pick up items for dinner.  She runs to Publix, gets fresh chicken breasts, lettuce and all the makings for a good salad – cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes.  She buys fresh squash and then realizes she has 30 other items she needs for the week ahead – milk, bread, eggs, meat, vegetables, and the list goes on.  She efficiently completes grocery shopping for all of next week.  Happy young woman holding paper bag with groceries. Smiling girl customer. Consumerism. Isolated on white background.

 

Time at Store:  45 minutes … maybe an hour.

Man goes to the store to pick up the makings for dinner:  Frozen pizza, chips and dip…. more dip – a different kind because he sees it’s “two for one”, vodka, beer, Chocolate Chip ice cream, Reese’s peanut butter cups … and diet soda.

Husband walks through the door 2 hours later and says, “Honey – I’m home, and I have dinner…. Plus I bought diet soda because I know you are trying to lose weight.” 

And did you know laughter is good for your health, too? A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress.  Laughter also boosts the immune system and protects the heart by improving the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow. 

 

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If you are interested in reading more about the health benefits of laughter, check out the full article:

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/emotional-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm

I hope this has brought a smile to your face and a chuckle to your heart.

Your friend in light-hearted laughter.

~Clare

 

Author
Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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20 Comments

  • Cara says:

    Laughter truly is the best medicine. Thanks for sharing your stories for a good Monday morning laugh. Also, I have put on two different shoes before and I actually work in a business office- that was funny! Haha

    • Clare says:

      I am glad you got a good chuckle, Cara! I love the two different shoes to work! I have certainly put on two different socks and gone out! 🙂 🙂

  • Paola says:

    Laughter is absolutely awesome, for everything. Is the best medicine.

  • I love your stories! They sure put a smile on my face. Here’s one of mine: I was vacationing in Mexico with friends this past year when I received a photo and text message from my hubby. He’d gotten up early on a Saturday, put on old clothes to do some work around the house, went to Home Depot, ran a few other errands, and then stopped by the grocery store. Walking out of the store he felt a puff of wind on his backside. He reached behind and discovered that his cargo shorts were completely split wide open at the seams and he had no idea how when that happened or how long he had been walking around like that! I literally could not stop laughing. I then drove to Costco in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, bought a few new pairs of mens’ cargo shorts and wrote a note that said “replacements.” When he arrived in PV he opened his dresser drawer and saw them. We both shared another good laugh! 🙂

    • Clare says:

      Oh that is hilarious Denay!!!!!!! Ha ha – I know you guys are still sharing that story and laughing too! What a good one! 🙂 🙂 Well, you were too too kind to run out and buy him a “replacement” pair of pants! THIS gave me a great laugh today! Thanks! My readers will certainly enjoy this story, too! 🙂 🙂

  • Joy says:

    Haha!! That toy soldier one is awesome! Too funny!

    When I worked at this big agency, I had this huge drawer of candy that I would pull from and put on my desk for people to grab. One day, I came into work (around Halloween) and opened the drawer to find a severed hand laying in it. Scared me to death! But everyone got a big laugh out of it… of course myself included! Thanks for the Monday pick-me-up!

    • Clare says:

      Ha ha ha – I love that – I would have SCREAMED at the top of my lungs and I of course scare easily… and believe me, Joy, I am loud!!!! I love it! Thanks for sharing your story – that’s a good one! 🙂 🙂

  • I haven’t worn a shirt inside out but I have worn two different shoes before. Wore it all day before someone told me.

    • Clare says:

      Ha ha – that’s too funny – I have certainly worn different colored socks! Thanks for sharing your funny story, too, Beth!

  • Karen Dowd-Hansen says:

    Clare, I love that you can laugh at your life! I do, too. I love the use of the word ‘ragamuffin’ also – it was a word that my mom and grandmother used often when I was dressed in a manner that they did not necessarily approve of 🙂

    Thanks for the simple smiles and laughs!

    • Clare says:

      Thanks Karen – I think it’s good for us all to laugh at ourselves… “ragamuffin” – that must be a word from growing up????? I am so glad you got some laughs today!

  • Celeste says:

    Awesome. That nutcracker!!! I’m going to think of that next time I’m in a public restroom . . ..

    • Clare says:

      Ha ha – that nutcracker certainly got me! I am still scared of them when I see them – big and small – still scared… and then it puts a smile on my face! 🙂 🙂

  • Tara says:

    Love it! I think women who work from home need this even more than others. I mean I talk to myself all day long, and I love when the phone rings to interrupt me from my work.

  • Mimi Rose says:

    These are great stories – and laughter really is the best medicine! I especially loved the one about the Toy solider in the bathroom, haha hilarious!! 🙂

  • Clare says:

    Glad you liked the stories, Mimi! I often think of the toy soldier incident around Christmas time! Still scared of toy soldiers…. 🙂

  • Pam says:

    Hi Clare, It’s so good to laugh! I laugh at my own jokes a lot! My sons tell me! But I don’t care as long as I’m laughing. It’s good to find humor in things. It’s way better than being negative & grumpy! Right? Here’s to laughter & enjoying life! Laughter is always the best medicine!

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