When I am laughing
“I love myself when I am laughing…” — Zora Neale Hurston
Do you have memories of times when you laughed until you cried? Or when you simply couldn’t stop laughing? We used to call this “getting our tickle box turned over” but whatever it is called, it’s wonderful. In such a state, almost everything that is even mildly comical suddenly seems uproariously funny.
In childhood these times often happened when we were supposed to be quiet. There’s nothing like trying to suppress a laugh to make it irresistible.
Hurston’s quote has a double meaning to me. I agree that we never feel better about ourselves than when we are laughing, even if we are laughing at ourselves! I also think that one of the best ways we show love to ourselves is by getting a good quota of deep, giddy laughter now and then. Research has shown that laughter really is good medicine for most of what ails us.
If you haven’t had a good laugh in a long time, make it a point to watch a funny video (the old movie What’s Up Doc is one of my favorites), or check out Dave Barry’s blog, or enjoy the cartoons of Roz Chast. We are blessed to have endless sources of humor; I hope you will laugh today!