How often do you laugh? Every day? Several times a day? Do you see the playful, fun side of things? Do you find humor in the everyday world around you? If so, I envy you.
I just returned from a road trip to Texas with my sister-in-law and cousin. We spent sixteen hours in the car singing our own version of carpool karaoke- minus James Corden and Adele. We added our harmonies to the songs on the Sirius 60’s channel- Martha and the Vandellas, Dusty Springfield, Herman’s Hermits and Peter, Paul and Mary. Our renditions included most of the lyrics and all of the attitude. And we laughed, a lot.
It felt good.
As a general rule, I think I am woefully deficient in the laughter department. I am not naturally funny. Laughter is not my first choice of response; I tend to be much more thoughtful than playful. Laughter comes from the heart and from the gut; I tend to live in my head.
My sister-in-law is my opposite in almost every way. She laughs freely, and with a lightness and naturalness that I envy. She lives in the moment; I tend to think about the future. She is spontaneous; I like to make plans. She likes to have fun; I proceed with caution.
I had a student once who told me that he didn’t understand fun. Sadly, I knew exactly what he was talking about. Things other people find fun often baffle me. I will never be a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl but I could learn a thing or two from my easy laughing sister-in-law.
That’s how I found myself driving eighty miles an hour on the interstate while belting out “We gotta get out of this place…if it’s the last thing we ever do….”
The laughs came easily and I felt free and unstressed.
Who doesn’t need a little more of that?
I highly recommend a little carpool karaoke. Whether you watch videos of James Corden and his guests or sing with your friends in the car, a little laughter will do you good.
What about you? Have you laughed today? If you have a good joke or a funny story, I am all ears.