Thursday, September 13, 2007

THE NEED TO LAUGH

I've been giving a lot of thought lately to how important it is to laugh. I really believe LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE (goodness, I hope I don't get in trouble for not giving credit to whoever said that first???) I realize I do not laugh as often as I should--something to add to my list of things to do today.

I thought about what can put a smile on my face:

Reading the headlines of all those "inquiring minds want to know" type magazines. So, if I ever need a good laugh, I go to the grocery store and just browse the headlines.

A good joke--I guess because I'm not blonde, I love a good blonde joke.

Nancy face--I wish she were my next door neighbor. I don't know her at all and even though she makes me laugh whenever I read her post, she also touches my heart with so much of what she writes either on her blog or the comments she leaves on mine.

Tori's blog--I think other than the post she did in remembrance of September 11th, I've always left her blog chuckling. There are so many great blogs out there that make me laugh--and I appreciate all of you that have that gift. Thanks.

A good comedy--like "The Princess Bride" (well maybe not a comedy, but it does make me laugh), or an oldie but a goodie "American Dreamer". I could put lots more but this isn't a movie post ; ) And, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond and Friends

Which brings me to good friends that make you laugh. I am not a funny person so I'm grateful for the good friends with whom I can smile.

Cute little grandchildren, like this:

or this

Family that can laugh together

And, of course, there is no one that can put a smile on my face like my husband. He is the best. I'm glad we can share love and laughter together. What a boring life it would be without it.

I hope you have a day filled with joy and laughter--I know I'm going to try.

Let me ask: What makes you laugh???

Sidenote: I had an interesting experience this morning at Seminary. One of our branches that is about 10 hours away participated with our class by calling in on the phone. I had 2 extra students and 1 parent. I will have to figure out how to make it work so they can be more included with us. Must be tough to be so far away.

21 comments:

Ashley said...

I agree laughter, can brighten your day. When my kids make a mess, I try to laugh at the flour all over their face rather than think about all the cleaning I will have to do later.

No Cool Story said...

Aww, sweet pictures!
I think that I definitely laugh more since I started reading blogs and meeting those bloggers :)

Macy said...

Wow! Those two guys in the pretzel picture are CUTE!

Sounds like the Stake needs to buy you a Mac Book Pro with a built in camera so the distant learners can participate via web cam from home. Have the Stake President get on that right away. :)

Holly said...

I'm learning to laugh more. I realized one day that I don't laugh with my children or at life, I tend to be too serious and grumpy.

It's my new goal.

Amanda said...

Love the pretzel picture! That is priceless!!

This is such a great post. I believe that Heavenly Father gave us the ability to laugh to make life more bearable. Can you imagine a world without laughter, and the ability to laugh at ourselves? Thanks for such a great post! :D

Lei said...

I REALLY need a funny movie to feel better. Sounds like a plan tonight!!!

Nancy Face said...

You're the sweetest! I would SOOO love to be next door neighbors, except that little desert rat me would probably freeze to death up there in Canada, haha! :D

When "The Princess Bride" came out on video, we had to practically force my younger brother to watch it...and he laughed so hard that he fell off the couch and rolled around on the floor! A comedy indeed...anybody want a peanut? ;)

Those pictures are stunning. Period.

I like your question so much, I'll think about it for a while and turn it into a post! :D

CHEL said...

My two year old makes me laugh... I have to laugh at/with him or I think I'd be "mad" at him all the time... :)

Laughter is a great thing.. we all need it!

Yvonne said...

I LOVE ALL THE COMMENTS--THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

Ashley: Sense of humor is extremely important when raising children.

NCS: Thanks--I agree I can really have a good laugh reading blogs.

Macy: So glad you left a comment--you're right, of course, abut the guys in the pretzel picture ; )

Don't think I'd make much headway with the Stake President, but that would be a great way for our little group to participate. I did have them read today and share some thoughts.

Holly: Take it from an old serious, grumpy mom--LAUGH!!!

Amanda: Don't you just love the look in little G-man's eyes--like get your own pretzel!!!

I love what you said, about Heavenly Father given us the ability to laugh so life is more bearable. I love the "man is that he might have joy"--not that he must, the choice is ours.

Lei: I promise you if you go rent American Dreamer you will laugh and laugh.

Nancy Face: Believe me this California girl freezes quite often. After volleyball tonight--I had my battery go dead and Kyle (in his volleyball shorts and shirt) and I were at Subway trying to put the jumper cables on. IT WAS FREEZING.

I know you'll do something very clever with the question.

Chel: I'm glad you choose to laugh at/with your two year old because we all do NEED to laugh.

Calamity Jane said...

My sister and I think we are hilarious! I am grateful for family, I am also grateful for embarassing moments, I have so many I am beginning to look forward to them, What on earth will I do next to crack myself up??? Great post, you got me thinking

Nancy Face said...

Not so easy to laugh when you're freezing at Subway with a dead battery...I'm sorry! :(

Melissa said...

My brother is usually a good source of laughs for me. I also have a friend that makes me chuckle whenever I get to talk to her. And that is actually one of my requirements for a blog read: it's gotta make me laugh now and then!! That's just how I am! I am trying to be better about laughing off the craziness here at home, but I struggle. I gotta get my giggles else where. As for TV... have you seen "Just for Laughs"... hysterical!

Kimberly said...

For me the best way to bring laughter into our home is a good ole fashioned tickle fight. =)

PJ said...

I love that post!

I have had a goal since my oldest was a baby that I wanted to make my children laugh at least one time a day, EVERY DAY.

I love the pictures!

Heidi said...

I love all your lists you make of things that remind you how unique and special you are. Thank you for always helping put a smile on my face and sending me blonde jokes which I also love since I am not blonde anymore:)

annie said...

Thanks for visiting me today!
Nancy makes me laugh too! love her!
I will be sitting in the den with my family, blogging, and just bust out laughing. They think I've gone mad :o)... then they realize I am visiting my blog friends. I love blogging and it makes me laugh regularly!
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Yvonne said...

Calamity Jane: Thanks for the comment. It's wonderful to have family to laugh with.

Nancy: Why couldn't the car battery have gone dead today--the weather was BEAUTIFUL!!!

Melissa: I'm surprised you visit my blog--it's usually not very funny, but I'm sure glad you do ; ) I'll have to watch for "Just for Laughs"

Kimberly: A tickle fight sounds like a great way to have a laugh

PJ: What a FABULOUS goal--I wish I had done that when my kids were little--but I guess it's never too late to start. (I was sending my Heidi a blonde joke every day-I'll have to start doing it again now that the semester has started)

Heidi: I'm glad you visited--I'm glad you have enjoyed those blonde jokes. You are always so sweet to your old mom.

Annie: I enjoy the blogging world too--for that same reason, so many make me laugh and a lot make me think--like yours today ; )

Lauren said...

That pretzel looks scrumtious! You always have the cutest posts! I am going to turn your question of what makes me laugh into a post...if thats ok?

Tell your daughter she can have Legolas, and I will even send her my poster of him if she wants :) I am in love with Edward Cullen haha. Also tell her to start a blog! I would love to read it.

Amber said...

My husband and kids make me laugh every day. Of course, those little ones sometimes also make me cry. :-)

And I LOVE that picture of the three grandchildren!

Tori :) said...

Awww... thanks for the props!

I agree- laughing is defintely the best. I think it's important to be able to laugh at yourself, with your family, etc...

Great post!!

Yvonne said...

Lauren: I love what you did with the question, such a fun post--but then again you are so creative. Heidi will gladly take Legolas--she has her own life-size cut out ; ) but thanks for the offer.

Amber: Actually the little western outfit picture--only the middle guy is mine, it was a western theme birthday party. When I read your blog it is obvious your husband must keep you in stitches.

Tori: I'm so glad I came across your blog when I first started venturing out and reading others--I've enjoyed every post ; ) I agree that we have to laugh--especially at ourselves and with our family. Thanks.