“While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.” Lewis Carroll
Have you noticed how serious everyone is lately? Even those in the service industry leave a lot to be desired when it comes to being happy. Are we just going through the motions of living because we don’t want to offend anyone else? If we have come to that point, I’m really glad that I don’t have too many more years left in me.
Laughter has been a huge part of my life. My mother was the queen of laughter. She laughed at everything – even when it wasn’t funny. Some folks would say that’s weird, but I truly believe my mom knew the secret to success and it had something to do with happiness.
There’s nothing like a kid running around with his underwear on his head, or for that matter an adult doing the same thing. Kids, however, have a real knack for humor, even when they don’t intend to be funny. For example, my granddaughter recently recalled, “It was so fun when you’d come to babysit me and we’d watch “Shrek” over and over. Those were the good old days.” She was 12 when she said it. When she was 5 or so, she created her own Christmas card for me. Inside, she wrote these words, “You are the best grandma I have (on my mother’s side.)
Laughter is one of the most spontaneous emotions we have. It comes at the least expected times. You can’t control it. I have a friend who I would count on to attend my plays, because I knew she’d laugh at all the right spots – not because she had to, but because she genuinely thought it was funny.
Our world is far too serious. There’s so much garbage going on and not enough fun. We used to watch clowns squirting seltzer bottles or getting a pie in the face, and roar with laughter. A guy would slip and fall on a banana peel and everyone thought it hilarious. I guess what we laugh at isn’t as funny as it used to be.
God didn’t create humanity to live in despair and sadness. Think of the fun things He made for us to laugh at. Take the giraffe – or monkeys – or me. But I digress.
When we laugh, we release endorphins which make us feel good. I think it’s time for a good old fashioned belly laugh!