Got Laughter?

Life is boring without it!
OR… so, when your face actually does freeze, you won’t be frowning.

Here’s why you need laughter:

Because… laughing makes all (ok most) situations better.

Did you ever trip over the curb and break your arm? Although it was painful, your friends giving a little laugh at your expense made it slightly less painful (don’t try it, just trust me). And even if your friends laughing at you with your broken arm doesn’t really make you feel better in the moment, the pain meds will make you laugh, and after a year or two, all of you will indeed laugh when the story gets retold a gazillion times!

Because… it helps form connections with others.

Do you find yourself drawn to the friend at the party being Sulky Sally or Laughing Larry. Of course it’s Larry! Laughter draws us in and gives us a connection to that other person because that person has to be fun (at least more fun than Sulky Sally). Seriously, who wakes up in the morning and says, “I think I will be Sulky Sally today.” Everyone wants to be Laughing Larry (or Lori).

Because… laughter is contagious.

Have you ever walked in the room AFTER the joke was told, but everyone is laughing so hard, you just laugh at them and the ridiculous snorts and convulsions going on? Well, there you are… it’s contagious.

Because… it has several health benefits.

When you laugh it helps to decrease stress levels. It also helps to lower blood pressure and can improve sleep. This is based on personal experience, rather than scientific research. I have found that when I can find something to laugh about, I quickly forget whatever was weighing on my mind and causing some stress.

Because… it’s actually a form of exercise!

When you laugh, you engage muscles in your abdomen (and your cheeks) giving you a bit of a core workout. I’m not telling you to skip the gym, but if you get a good laughter workout in, you could probably have an extra cookie. If your cheeks hurt after you laugh with your family and friends, then you need to exercise that muscle more often and get into shape. I’ve heard that M&Ms are calorie-free when shared with friends while laughing (again personal experience rather than scientific research)!

Because of the wonderful things it does (you know you are “laughing” and have that song from Wizard of Oz in your head right now!)

Share a time when someone picked up your mood by bringing some laughter to the situation.

Got Pets?

Got Pets?

Why I love my dog more than I love people!

Who doesn’t love to come home and receive the sloppy puppy kisses? Seriously, though, don’t dogs just accept us, and love us, just for being in their lives? And don’t we just long for that kind of acceptance from the people in our lives? So for all of our family, friends, coworkers out there, if you could try doing some of these things, life for the entire planet could be improved!  Not saying you need to chase your tail, but it wouldn’t hurt.

Here’s why:

Because… a dog (or any pet) gives you unconditional love, cuddles, and kisses!

Because… a dog will always vacuum the floor after you eat and especially after the kids eat!

Because… a dog is always happy when you come in the door at the end of the day – regardless of whether you are smiling or not!

Because… a dog will always consider you a priority (after their tail of course!)

Because… a dog will show gratitude just for a pat on the head, or rub of the ear (or maybe a little bite of what’s for dinner).

Because… a dog will stand beside you patiently while chat for 15 minutes as you say goodbye to someone.

Because… your dog thinks you are an awesome cook. Let’s face it, anything you cook will be better than dry dog food.

Because… a dog will keep your spot on the couch warm when you take a restroom break during a commercial.

Because… a dog will never tell a soul your deep down secrets.

Because… you always know what your dog is thinking. No drama ever!

Because… well, look at that face!

Share with us your lovable and huggable pets and why you love them more than people!