THANKFUL FOR THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER

Do you know those people that have a laugh that makes others smile and laugh? I know you do. These are special people. I have a few in my life. With those people, I have been known to think up jokes beforehand and then try the surprise attack on them in a conversation. It’s kind of like a joke ninja move. It works. People laugh. I laugh. We all feel better.

Laughter is such a gift from God. When we are laughing we are carefree. We have momentarily escaped from the felt reality of this cursed world. We are transported to a place where we can honestly and heartedly…be happy. We do it without regard. We laugh out loud. We don’t care who hears us, we are laughing! What a blessed escape from life this is.

More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter gives you the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh–or even simply a smile–can go a long way toward making you feel better. And laughter is contagious—just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile and join in the fun.

I believe in the power of laughter. It can bring two souls together, tie them in a bond unlike any other, and fill the room with light. It can bring back the best of memories and relive times that will never be forgotten. The ability to laugh is a blessing, and being able to laugh at ourselves is better than any gift that can be given. It’s what pulls us through hard times and gives us a glimmer of hope even in the darkest nights.

I believe friends are best made through laughter. It’s the easiest emotion to share and something everyone can connect to. Whether it’s between strangers or family members, long time friends or a person on the street the moment laughter is shared a bond is formed and a memory is made. It creates inside jokes and brings people closer together. The best memories I have are those of laughter and good times. They are memories I bank on when I’m having a bad day. They are ones I look back on with fondness and love. What I’ve learned from those memories makes it easier to look ahead with hope. I’ve learned that though there are hard times are ahead, disappointments, frustrating and let downs the diamond in the rough and the laughter among the sorrow can be found.

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