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.
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….
… 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!
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.
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.
If you are interested in reading more about the health benefits of laughter, check out the full article:
I hope this has brought a smile to your face and a chuckle to your heart.
Your friend in light-hearted laughter.