Laughter is the Best Medicine

Sometimes life can be so complicated sometimes.  Things happen, situations occur and some days it can be hard to plaster a smile on your face, let alone burst into genuine laughter.  Worrying about loved ones, like my dad having a stroke and my father-in-law dealing with a terminal illness that’s taking its toll; good friends going through a nasty divorce and custody battle, or finding out yesterday that my bi-polar younger sister attempted suicide and I’m 3000 miles away and can’t be there for her.

These are the days of my life.

But in spite of it all, you have to keep a positive attitude, get through each day and hope and pray for the best.  Laughter?  Can sometimes be elusive, but oh so necessary.

When we were kids, my brother and I made up a game we called ‘Laugh Your Head Off’ – we’d sit in his room and take turns trying to make the other burst into laughter.  We’d do funny antics, see who could outperform the other in the most outrageous funny faces, and when one would start laughing, the other would chime in until tears were rolling down our faces in glee.  My brother and I were smart aleck’s – still are, actually.  It never grows old, really.  I just wish he wasn’t 3000 miles away, we’d probably be cracking each other up on a regular basis.  It would probably drive my hubby nuts.

I have a dry sense of humor – sometimes it takes a minute to ‘get it’ when I proffer a zinger, but when the light bulb goes on, laughter ensues.  My hubby has a dry and sarcastic sense of humor – he’ll proffer a zinger with a dead serious face, often making people wonder if he was joking or serious.  Usually he’ll end up bursting out in laughter and they’ll follow suit.  Of course he does get annoyed when we end up laughing at his expense – when he gets really tired, he acts like he’s drunk, even though he hasn’t drank a drop.  I don’t know how many times, when we’ve been at a party or hanging out with friends until the wee hours, that we’ve all been practically rolling on the floor with laughter because of him being loopy without benefit of a loopy-making beverage.  You know the kind of laughter – that once you start, you can’t catch your breath because you’re laughing so hard?  Fun times.

Princess Nagger is also a very big source of laugh-inducing times – like the time she came into the kitchen and saw me washing dishes at the sink.  She was five at the time, and in a very matter-of-fact voice told me I needed to get Dawn Direct Foam.   She had just seen the commercial for it, and thought she’d inform me that there was something out there to help me with my task at hand.  She makes me laugh every time she becomes a commercial announcer and rattles off a commercial verbatim to try to convince me that whatever was advertised was something I need.  Or that she wants.

No matter what kind of day I’m having or have had, I can always count on Princess Nagger to bring a smile to my face – even when she’s in Drama Queen mode.  In fact, I think it makes her more mad when she’s in DQ mode and I can’t help myself but laugh.  She’s goofy and silly and a constant source of entertainment.  Who wouldn’t laugh at funny things like her ‘Free Showers’ moment:

Or when she was dancing in the rain:

You can’t help but smile. Or even laugh.  Laughter is, after all, the best medicine.

What makes you smile or laugh?

This Laughter Spin Cycle was brought to you in part by Jen, who is another constant source of entertainment as she shares fun antidotes as Sprite’s Keeper.  Stop by and check out the other Spinners – you’ll enjoy some laughter for sure.

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About Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance and I chose to become a SAHM and WAHM - I love every minute of it. We added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension to our family. We have an eclectic mix of pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. I love to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, I take on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. My favorite, of course, is making my own wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway. I blog about the joys of parenting, family, friends, life, love and anything else that strikes my fancy. I do enjoy doing reviews and giveaways for products I use, believe in and can stand behind.
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21 thoughts on “Laughter is the Best Medicine

  1. Great post and fun videos! I love when my son announces commercials too – like when he demonstrated how his Pillow Pet “turns back into a cuddly animal” and is “great for taking on trips.”

    Unfortunately, I never seem to have a video camera at the right times.

  2. Those clips were priceless!! so much expression in her voice. The thumb sucking mid dancing in the rain, adorable. I love the way she said “dada” 🙂 heheh

  3. I love it! Just watching these videos made me smile big. I so agree that laughter is the best medicine and way to keep things in a more positive perspective and help you get through really tough times.

    I am sorry that so many people close to you are going through a hard time right now…I am very sorry about you sister…saying prayers for all of them right now.

    I love laughter…I laugh at inappropriate times which is very embarrassing but the more I try to stop the more I laugh. My little’s make me laugh every single day…especially my own little drama queen that is 4. There is nothing like laughing so hard that it hurts and you about pee in your pants. 🙂

    Hope your Thursday is terrific!

  4. Too cute! My nephew was like that when he was little…he’d mimic the Guinness in a bottle commercial…he’d run up to the TV screen when it as on and go “Guinness in a bottle….brilliant!” Mind you, he was about 3 or so when he did this. It was too funny…

  5. Kids are truly funny sometimes, but you know the old saying, “Out of the mouths of babes”. Well, they’re also very, very honest! FREE SHOWERS FOR EVERYONE? Maybe she things everyone smells! ROFL LMAO LOL! Gotta luv her! She’s too precious!

  6. Those videos of PN made me smile BIG time.

    I’m so sorry about your sister. Please let us know how she’s doing.


  7. The best times are being with my sister, we can giggle for hours. My husband and children are very funny, we have a blast all the time. Those videos are precious. I am so sorry about all the sad that is happening in your life. So sorry to hear about your sister. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. ((HUGS))

  8. Kids are great in that they give us something to laugh at when the world around us is falling apart. Keep laughing while we send you prayers!

  9. My kids think that they need to inform me of what I need too. Just this morning it was knives on an infomercial Bubba saw, because he gets up way too early. PN is adorable, it is wonderful that you caught those moments to look back on.

  10. My husband does the deadpan thing too. After 13 years, I still have a hard time knowing when he’s joking.

    We used to play “Make Me Laugh” as kids. One tries to make the other laugh and the other tries really hard not to. Great for long car rides.

  11. Those clips definitely made me smile! I agree that laughter really is the best medicine. It’s nice to have those people in our live too, that can always make us smile.

  12. Even during the most awful times, I love to laugh.

    There is nothing better than laughing so hard that you cry and your gut hurts afterward. And those friends that can make you do that are the best ones to have around.