This blog is dedicated to all of my BlogHer friends who have been making my mornings lately so filled with laughter. With laughter comes JOY. THANK YOU, ladies for that gift!!
My day begins with me making my way into the kitchen so I can switch on my coffee pot that magically grinds the beans for a fresh cup of home brewed java. (Thanks again to my daughter and wonderful son-in-law for that gift 3 years ago, when I wasn’t expecting anything.)
As there is no one around, most mornings, except for my large dog Max, who loudly snarls to warn me not to eat his food (I call him Cujo when he does that), I look for company by sitting at my computer and checking email, Facebook, BlogHer, and news sites, amongst other places I usually peruse.
My BlogHer reads are the very best. I get updates on what is going on with my friends, followers and followwees. Maybe because I am getting to know people and connect regularly with some co-bloggers, reading their posts is making them more than just a remote name for me. They are real people and I like them a lot. I view their posts to get an update into what is happening to women I have begun to care about. For example, I know who is moving, who slept, who didn’t, who agonized, whose kids are ill, who is ticked, who is resolved, who cooked and who is preparing her spring garden. It seems though, that through it all, everyone I read regularly has found a place in her life drama for humor. This week, for example, at least 3 times, I almost blew coffee out of my nose laughing at the funny commentaries (sorry for the visual). But I was surprised by the humor imbedded into some topics that were really quite serious. What a healthy thing to do.
“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” Woody Allen
Laughter is contagious. From beinggirl.com: “A wise man once said, “Laughter is the best medicine,” and he was right. When you’re happy and laughing, it’s contagious, so don’t be afraid of showing off your sense of humor.”
“Laughter is the most healthful exertion.” Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland
Yep, laughter is so good for us. According to a video on WebMD titled, Laughter Can Improve Your Health, compiled by Damon Meharg: “It helps reduce stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenalin, and pumps up immune system activity by increasing interferon, T cells and white blood cells. A hearty guffaw or belly laugh can also boost heart rate, improves blood flow, and stabilizes blood pressure.”
Now if that doesn’t make you want to belly laugh it up, there is more:
“In study after study, findings on this most cherished of human traits are giving us all something to smile about: Diabetic patients saw their blood sugar levels rise less after eating a meal at a comedy show; laughing improves digestion and speeds up respiration and blood circulation; in fact, laughing 100 or more times a day may have the same health benefits as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise!”
What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. Yiddish Proverb
Please know that you don’t have to make me laugh every time I read your posts, as I am not expecting a daily Vegas comedy shtick. The point is that I have gotten so much out of sharing experiences and learning from all of you. Whether there is humor, drama, sadness despair or whatever I will visit you every day that I am able in order to keep in touch and support you when I can.
This post is to thank you again for all that you have brought to my life and for the JOY that reigns when we laugh together.
“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” Mayo Angelou