When I am laughing

Matt and Drew laugh it up with their cousin Emily, 1988

Matt and Drew laugh it up with their cousin Emily, 1988

“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!

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.

6 Comments

  1. Chris

    Great picture!! I do love to laugh. And it can be contagious, and uplifting. Hope all is good with you and Matt.

    • Hi Chris, yes, Matt and I are doing OK. Some days better than others, but on the whole, we’ve enjoyed many aspects of the quarantine. I have a sign hanging next to my desk here (a gift from Sheila who sent it to me long ago) that says “Keep LAUGH on your to-do list.” It’s great advice and I need to pay even more attention to it!

  2. Lydia E Gama

    Julia, I had never seen Roz Chast cartoons, so I went to the website to check it out and there I am laughing out loud with the queen and the “Mirror, mirror…” I guess is too close to home and so I found it hilarious. I really believe laughter is the best medicine. I open my Sunday School class with a joke. Some, are well received and others go over the heads of the people, but that’s okay. I enjoy them a lot myself. I hope you are doing fine., Julia and thanks again for your posts.

  3. MaryAnn

    Blessing my heart to see our boys as babies, filled with JOY!

    • Thank you, Mary Ann! I hope that laughter is still rooted deeply within them somewhere, helping them through the hard times.

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