A Hundred Days to Happiness: Laugh Out Loud

LOL is the texting abbreviation for “laughing out loud”, but I suspect that we use this acronym more often than we actually do the real thing. That’s pretty sad, and since my blog is all about happiness – in your life and in each of your days, we better do something about it.

To laugh is a pure and spontaneous way to express joy. Children laugh every day. They laugh and giggle just when they’re playing and having fun. They see the humour in the silliest things in everyday life.

Young kids don’t have to try too hard to laugh, but somehow along the journey to adulthood, most of us lose that natural, spontaneous silliness.

I don’t want to blame it on school, but when life gets too serious or rather when we take life and ourselves too seriously, humour takes a back seat and the laugh track of our daily lives is silenced.

My parents both had a terrific sense of humour and that went along with not taking themselves too seriously. I loved family meals not just because of mom’s great cooking but because of all the laughs.

We were able to laugh at ourselves. My dad loved to tell stories, but they were long and not necessarily good ones. One of us would eventually have to ask him to get to the point.

When the rest of us would reminisce about the past, my sister, the baby of the family with the most active imagination, would almost always add in the most precise details – even for events that occurred before she was born. We used to kid her about her “I remember” stories.

My brother, like my dad, was very inventive and always came up with innovative ideas and creative approaches to problems, but some of his innovations didn’t work as well as he envisioned.

My brother tried to fan the flame and speed up the cooking on our Hibachi barbeque using our Filter Queen vacuum cleaner in reverse. He managed to fry the picnic table instead.

When caught in a downpour while camping with his friends, he kept the equipment dry underneath the station wagon. He returned with a V-shaped Coleman stove that he had to hammer back into shape.

Your happiness exercise for today (and every day): Don’t let a day go by without having a good, soulful laugh. Laugh until you have tears in your eyes. If you haven’t done this for a while, try hanging around funny people.

Look for the humour in your day.

Think of the funniest things you’ve seen or experienced. Choose one so funny to you that you can’t keep from smiling just thinking about it.

Coming up: laughing at ourselves.

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About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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