“I am serious, so I laugh a lot. You need to laugh. You don't laugh enough. I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.” - Maya Angelou
I have a friend who can have fun with anyone, anywhere and at any time and I am jealous of his abilities. I copied many of his techniques, but like anything the original is always better. His number one rule is don’t take yourself seriously. If you can’t laugh at yourself then you’ll have trouble enjoying life.
I was riding with some friends on a four hour trip home. The car's radio and A/C was broken and the vents pushed out hot air. It was over 100 degrees. Four guys all stuck in one big sweaty stink box of torture. Most people would have sat in angry silence, but not my friend, he made the ride an adventure. He sang for almost two hours straight.
The titles of a few of his songs were:
“The sweat dripping down my armpit”
“Gasoline reminds me of my father”
“Why are we lost?”
“Who wants to buy my toe cheese”
It didn’t matter that he couldn’t sing that well. The only thing that mattered was that it was one of the most interesting four hours of my life. The other two guys hated every moment of it. They screamed, pleaded, and tried to ignore him to no avail. He was going to sing the whole trip home.
While he sang I laughed and chimed in with my own verse every once in awhile, but mostly watched in admiration. I learned that every experience can be fun if viewed from the right perspective.
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Thanks Karl for sharing this via Twitter. I so need this. 🙂
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Hey Daniel, glad I could help.
No truer words were spoken. Laughter is such great medicine. Seems like I read somewhere that those healing from surgery should watch funny movies as it speeds up their healing process. I've noticed it's pretty hard to think about problems when I'm having a good laugh. Afterwards, problems don't seem quite so big.
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Hey Barbara, a good laugh is great medicine. I've also read that laughing helps a body heal, so you remembered correctly.
only guy's would think this titles of songs would be funny. This baby's laugh is so contagious. Keep on laughing Elsa
If you aren't laughing enough... you aren't living enough. Great article! 😉
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Laughing babies is always a soft spot for everyone. I wonder what the evolutionary process was that caused us to instinctively be happy and smile when we hear a laughing child.
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Karl I just love the laughing baby video. I have seen them before and you can't help but watch. The pure innocence is priceless. Thanks!
Isn't it amazing that we need to be reminded to laugh?
Pure, innocent, uncontrollable laughter is one of the most uplifting things I can think of. Thanks for reminding me to laugh and smile this evening.
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