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Could you stand to laugh a little more?

I was laughing so hard, I was crying.

Last week, I mentioned that Groundhog Day was one of my favorite days. Now after seeing the Facebook Live broadcast of the spectacle on Gobbler’s Knob surrounding the emergence of Punxsutawney Phil, it has definitely moved into a top spot.

I know there are those of you who are too serious-minded; those of you who think you are above such nonsense. How can you not laugh at the silliness? I believe that our society has become too uptight. We like to take ourselves too seriously. However, from the size of the crowd at Gobbler’s Knob Saturday morning, I would say I’m not alone in my thinking.

Think about the news we are inundated with today.

It doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you’re on. It’s just a constant barrage of stuff. Stuff that carries with it negative overtones, and often has less impact on our day-to-day lives than that of an early spring.

How can you not laugh at so many people enduring 10-degree temperatures to watch such a spectacle? It was more than just a handful of people. And then there is the so-called formal  manner in which the organizers handle the whole ordeal. All dressed in black tuxedos with the tall black hats. It’s as if they are determining our fate forever. What a show!

Remember April the Giraffe?

I remember a couple of years ago writing about a pregnant Giraffe captivating the entire country in much the same way. When will she deliver? Will today be the day? Granted, giraffes are endangered in the wild, and groundhogs are not, but the country was gripped over when April would give birth.

We should all be thankful of such silly diversions in life. It is these events that bring us all together as a community. Yes, I understand that the unfavorable or negative news is reality, but it is also only a part of reality. If we are not careful, it can become our only reality and our lives will become unfavorable and negative. It is diversions such as the Groundhog celebration at Gobbler’s Knob that give us a renewed sense of optimism. Often, it is the silly diversions that help us keep our sanity and keep us grounded in the things in life that matter the most.

Related: April the Giraffe is pregant again 2018

Soulful Quote:

“Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.” – Judge Tim Dwyer, a seventeen-year veteran Judge of criminal court

Song:

I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins. On the subject of silly, the theme song from the movie Caddyshack, another Bill Murray adventure.

Take a moment and smile along with the video …

Game Exercise/Life Changer:

Look for something fun or silly each day this week. It’s there you just have to see it. Write it down.

 

What do you think? 

Laugh!

When was the last time you had a good laugh?

I had a rough day the other day; I’m sure you probably know the kind of day I am referring to. So, I thought, well since I co-authored a book on happiness and all, I need to snap out of this. Then I remembered Day 3: Laugh!

I went to my joke folder and started flipping through the pages … and on about the third page, I hit the jackpot. What a good laugh I had … hadn’t heard that one in three forevers. Boy, was I feeling better.

Several hours later, driving along, I began thinking to myself, I could really use another good laugh. As I was approaching an intersection, I noticed a truck stopped in the opposite lane. I thought, oh maybe this person needs help since he’s basically in the middle of the road. As I got closer, I noticed that it didn’t look like a person in need … What in the world?

There were several baskets on the ground at the back of the truck and sitting on the tailgate was a man, swinging his legs, looking quite content surrounded by baskets of tomatoes. This person had stopped his truck – in the middle of the road – and apparently decided to sell tomatoes from the back of his truck. What made it a little more bizarre was we were on back-country roads, where there wasn’t much traffic, sort of in the middle of nowhere. I’m thinking, what is this a toll booth? I’m going to have to buy some tomatoes to get by? And I start to get the giggles. As I drove by, he gave me his biggest grin and an exuberant wave all the while sitting and swinging, and as I turned the corner, there he was in the rear view mirror smiling and waving, and that’s when I began to laugh hysterically. I mean, a really good horse laugh. Upon gaining my composure, I looked toward the heavens, and said, with a big smile – “Thanks, I needed that!”

Laughter is great medicine. I hope you keep a folder of funny things so you can laugh often. And, never forget, that when you are searching for laughter generally you do not have to look too far, for certainly a fellow human is just waiting to humor you.

Ha-ha! Have a great week!
Have you ever seen a cow laugh? Don’t Be A Cow! LAUGH!!

Joe