Sunday, March 6, 2011


Difficult conversations, heavy news and puzzling circumstances created a sluggish step and a grumpy frown on my face this week. It was pretty. Bottom line, I remembered what it felt like to have a broken spirit that dries up the bones.

According to Proverbs, the cure is a joyful heart. Translated: laughter. Today I found that when my heart is heavy, laughter is more contagious than a yawn. Discussing family matters over lunch with my parents, somebody made a joke and a week's worth of laughter burst out. The amazing thing about laughter is its cycle. Happiness produces laughter, producing happiness, producing laughter. It's a happy tornado that sucks in innocent bystanders, and soon everyone's laughing. 

Laughter hijacks our control, perhaps the very source of our unhappiness. When you laugh, you can't even control your face. Some people throw their heads back and cackle with their mouths wide open. Some people hiss through their teeth. Others laugh silently, but their shoulders bob. Some snort. Some "ha!!" and are done, while others giggle on and on. Some look pained, or laugh until they cry. Some wet their pants. Some scrunch their noses. Some buckle over, slap their knees, or fall out of their chairs. 

A good laugh brings a smile to your face for the rest of the day. I know it's old news, but if you feel grumpy, smile! Or call your funniest friend. The reason for your sadness may still be there, but it will suddenly feel bearable. 

If you have a few minutes, watch this. It's impossible to watch without laughing.

1 comment:

  1. i like this is a happy little blog post very much. and i needed that laugh very much. (you're right. one minute into the video i was laughing like the rest of them.) :)