I've been told on numerous occasions that I laugh a lot. Some would even say that I laugh too much. Well, the fact of the matter is…..I can't help it. As a kid I had it rough. To be quite frank, I was ugly….frizzy hair, THICK glasses, ridiculously crooked teeth…ugly. I was made fun of, my hair was pulled quite often, and the "strange" kid in the class always had a crush on me(which made me even more of an oddity-as seen below).
One day I decided that I would just laugh about it and make my own jokes in return…..it worked. Even through all of this ugliness, I always had a ton of really great friends around me because I had the ability to laugh at anything and bring my friends into this laughter with me. The kids who teased me eventually stopped because they got bored with trying to make fun of the smile-less girl that broke into fits of laughter when they made jokes about her. It could have also been when one of the boys in my class made fun of how big my teeth were and I quoted The Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood and then bit him. In any case….most people stopped with the making fun of me and even if they did, I laughed.
I laugh for any number of reasons….when something is genuinely funny, when something is disgusting, when I'm afraid or nervous or because of irony….ie, my car(or the car I used to have rather). I had a day that my siblings were at my house with a few of my younger cousins and they cleaned my car until it was immaculate. I really liked that car, it was a '91 Acura and it was cute. My fiance drove to his sister's house and on the way back, the car was totaled. I laughed. The irony was too much for me(of course he emerged unscathed, and his niece and nephews were as well). In any case, my laughter is there because I like it.
I recently found an article that says laughter is good for your health. This article says that researchers found that the act of laughing plays a role in fighting viruses, bacteria, cancer and heart disease as it helps to relieve stress which in turn lowers your risk for these diseases. It's amazing what a little laughter can do!(apparently laughing makes you look better too-as seen here)
Laugh on! Laugh on!