Monday mornings can be quite a tense time for me.  I travel into town to visit with my psychologist and if I leave home late, I get there late.  The nature of traffic I guess.

But there is a light at the end of the travelling tunnel for me – the radio.  Each Monday morning I listen to Si and Garry (Simon Barnett and Garry McComack) on More FM – and I need them.  They are so much fun to listen to.

By the time I have reached the first set of lights, I am laughing, by the time I hit the last set of lights, my sides are sore, and I have been put into the best mind set for the counselling session to begin.

Laughing actually releases ‘feel good’ endorphins into your body and lifts your spirit – your internal self and makes you feel lighter.  Endorphins are like a drug for your brain.  It helps you to feel positive and happy.  I am obviously seriously lacking in the endorphins department at the moment, so I watch a lot of funny stuff, either on the internet or at home, just to keep the positive vibes and feelings continuing.

I don’t think people laugh enough these days, with a world so seriously mucked up, so much violence and anger, that people don’t stop and laugh at things anymore.  And we are being so desensitised to every day actions, that the things we used to laugh at, aren’t funny anymore, or we laugh at stuff that actually hurts other people.  Like pranking.  Some pranks are great, but picking on someone because of their religious status, sexual orientation or other just hurting someone physically doesn’t make it funny.  OK, messing up on your skateboard and coming a cropper (falling off) might look funny to other people, but actually making it happen to other people?  That isn’t funny.

I like good old fashioned slapstick comedy, where one made fun of themselves.  Friends – the TV show – was great at this, Joseph deciding to become Joe Stalin, Ross trying to make Phoebe change her ideals and instead he changed his own, much to her amusement.  What about the originals?  Buster Keaton with a house nearly falling on him, the Keystone Cops, who couldn’t stay on the police vehicle, and how about Charlie Chaplin, with his pigeon toed walk.  They all made fun of themselves.

I like watching bloopers on TV shows, and how people react or interact with them.  They are funny, and often the people who made the blooper make fun of themselves, because they know they blew the line – not someone else.  It is fun to watch, its clean humour (okay, with the occasional swearing), but it is worth watching.

I believe laughter is medicine for the soul, and we should endeavour to do it at least once a day, if not twice.  Imagine how much more settled and happier our world would be, if people could laugh at themselves.

Laughing to Heal the Soul

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