I was at a blogging workshop a few months ago when I had an unexpected epiphany!
We had been hard at work all day; crushing goals, completing projects and learning new tricks to the trade. By dinner time, our blogging brains required some rest and we felt we had earned some chill time! As I sat around the table with several of my new blogging friends, I had a stunning realization that literally ROCKED MY WORLD! I found myself in a full body, mascara running, UGLY cry!
For the first time in a REALLY LONG TIME, I was genuinely laughing!
Sounds totally ridiculous I know! However, it was a painful reality.
You see, life lived in the world of brain cancer can feel very heavy and serious. Nothing about brain cancer is laughable. There are usually more tears shed than laughs exchanged. The mere thought of laughing often feels like a foreign concept.
As I sat there with tears (and a lot of mascara) running down my face, I couldn’t remember the last time I had been able to laugh like that! Of course, I was in the company of new friends who probably didn’t know if they needed to call my husband or a therapist!
That kind of explosive laughter doesn’t come often. But, when it does, lean into it. Embrace it! Let it go and LAUGH!
Sometimes, laughter is just what the soul needs and just what the doctor ordered!
Your Caregiving Spirit NEEDS Laughter
Having a good sense of humor won’t take away your struggles…BUT…there is real scientific evidence that laughing has some serious benefits to your health! If you don’t believe me, listen to the experts over at the Mayo Clinic.
Aside from the physical benefits of laughter to the mind and the body, it just feels good to laugh! When you live in the midst of serious circumstances, sometimes humor and laughter are hard to come by. But, do yourself a favor today and intentionally seek out a reason to laugh. It may be the farthest thought (or feeling) from your mind but I promise you it will do your body, mind and spirit some good to turn that frown upside down and have yourself a big ‘ole belly laugh!
Of course, we live in a day where we can get just about anything we want with a few simple clicks of a mouse! Fortunately for us, laughter is not far away! The Internet is full of FREE humor (some I would not recommend,) however I asked my Facebook friends for some of their best and most hilarious (clean) YouTube video suggestions.
I pray that these selections will bless your heart with some humor and infuse your day with contagious laughter!
YouTube Videos Guaranteed to Make You Laugh
- John Crist: Lady who has a bible verse for every situation
- Ellen in Adam Levine’s Ear
- John Crist: Milennial International: Sponsor a Milennial Today
- Ellen in Bruno Mars’ Ear
- 3 Year Old Mateo Makes His Case for Cupcakes
- Scottish Grandmother Tries to Read “Wonky Donkey”
- The Ultimate Dog Tease
- Learn How to Belax the Mila Way
- Ellen in Bruno Mars’ Ear
- Girl Talk with Mila and Emma
- “My Wife’s on a Healthy Diet” Acapella Parody by Holderness Family
Take time to have a good laugh today! What do you have to lose?