Thoughtful Thursday: When Life Gives Lemons

Making Lemonade

What do you do when life gives you lemons and then, keeps on giving them? Okay, we all know the cliché; we’re supposed to make lemonade. That’s a sweet thought, isn’t it:~)

But what happens if you get stuck and the lemons keep coming faster and faster. You can’t make the lemonade quick enough and the lemons keep piling up!

I’ll be honest. I’ve been experiencing my share of lemons lately and they aren’t coming gently down the conveyor belt. No, these are pounding into me and they hurt. I can’t catch up with them to even attempt making them into lemonade.

So, what do I do? Well, you know me. I write about it. I also find a way to laugh about it.

Laughter Therapy

For me, laughter is a magic laser that slices through the lemon-days in my life.  When I’m laughing, I can’t stay angry or even upset. Laughter is therapy for me; it makes me see things with a different, more healthy, perspective.

As I thought of my current situation, I remembered the “I love Lucy Show”  and this particular clip from it.  I found it on YouTube.

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Did you laugh? I did! I laugh every time I watch it. I don’t just chuckle politely; this one makes me belly laugh until tears come to my eyes.

And I feel better because of it. My world, which was tilting by the weight of lemons, has shifted back up. All it took was the balance of laughter.

So, if like me, you’re feeling pummeled by lemons, find a way to make yourself laugh. The lemons will not disappear, but I guarantee, you won’t mind them nearly as much:~)

Photo Credit: papadimitriou

Funny Friday

I’ve declared it’s FUNNY FRIDAY today. I thought it would be fun to explore the word “funny,” which is defined in most dictionaries as “causing laughter and amusement.”

Jokes are a common way to “tickle the funny bone,” and so, I’m going to start by telling you a joke:

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, “My friend is dead! What can I do?”

The operator says, “Calm down. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.”

There is a silence, and then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says, “OK, now what?”

The funniest joke in the world

Did you laugh at this joke or did it fall on its face? Believe it or not, this joke was rated as the funniest joke in the world! Dr. Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire, UK conducted a study to find this joke. He set up a site called appropriately, Laughlab.

The purpose of his research was to find the joke that had the “widest appeal and understanding among different cultures.” After 40,000 submitted jokes and close to 2 million ratings from around the world, the above joke was selected in 2002.

Does it seem a bit bland? That may be because it had to be funny to everyone; this isn’t an easy task for a joke because what’s funny is different for different people.

According to Dr. Wiseman, this joke had “universal appeal,” meaning it was funny to people from many different countries, and it appealed to men, women, young and old alike.

What about you?

It’s interesting to consider exactly what it was about this joke that made it funny to so many different people. What do we find funny and why? That’s what I hope to explore with you in this post.

I’m giving you a list of questions to start this discussion. You can choose the ones you want to answer in the comment box. As always, you don’t have to answer every question, but please do try to answer at least two… just for the fun of it:~) I also encourage you to read the comments of others and respond to them, as well as to this post.

  1. What makes something funny to you?
  2. How do you react physically to something funny? (click here for help)
  3. What topics do you think should be avoided, when sharing something funny?
  4. What’s your favorite type of humor – slapstick, farce, dark, satire or something else – and why?
  5. If you had your choice, would you watch something funny, listen to something funny or do something funny?
  6. Why do you think we need humor and laughter?
  7. Care to share your favorite joke in the comment box? I trust you to keep it clean, or at least not too risqué:~)

Need to know more?

For information about Dr. Wiseman’s study, check out this article, or this video about the study. The article contains some really funny stories about the study and how humor differs from country to country. The video, which is more of an audio, has Dr. Wiseman talking about his study. It’s also funny if you like dry humor.

Laugh Away

I enjoy laughing

A recent visit to Pun Intended landed me on a post entitled, Glory of the Snot Rocket. I laughed all the way through it. Then, I wondered why I never write humorous posts. I can be a very funny person and I enjoy laughing! And yet, I don’t exercise my funny bone through my writing.

This made me think. How could I incorporate more humor in my writing?

ME THINKING

(for audio, click on ME THINKING)

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Uh oh….I’m drawing a blank. Perhaps, like any good blogger, I need to start with a list. Hey, it’s a first step.

Sooooo, here’s what makes me laugh….

  • The Far Side cartoons created by Gary Larson
  • Other people laughing…especially babies
  • My boyfriend…he’s got a wicked sense of humor
  • The penguins in the movie Madagascar
  • My favorite “silly” cat video. See it here NOTE: After watching this, I can’t say cats themselves support the humane treatment of ALL animals, but I don’t believe any humans or animals are injured in this video.
  • The squirrel in the movie Ice Age
  • The squirrel that taunts my cat by doing calisthenics across my porch screen
  • Twitter language, such as “tweet”
  • Any funny story my daughter’s boyfriend sends me – definitely not a typical Brit
  • My cat’s crazy run around the house, especially when she forgets about the throw rugs
  • Funny sounding words like gobbledygook, plethora, and balderdash
  • Silly movie titles like Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
  • The poetry of Judith Viorst, check out Mother doesn’t want a dog and True Love
  • MYSELF and the silly, ditzy, crazy things I do

While I may not become a humorous blogger, this list reminded me how much I enjoy laughing. Maybe what’s really important is not that I write a funny post, but that this post encourages YOU to think of the things that make you laugh.

Care to share?

bugsbunny_headshot1As Bugs Bunny said,“That’s all folks!”

A Daily Dose of Laughter

The other day my daughter’s boyfriend sent me a funny video clip, something he loves to do. Because I was frazzled due to a deadline, I almost didn’t open it. But I did and it changed my day. The clip made me laugh out loud. Laughing changed my attitude and afterwards my day didn’t seem so difficult anymore.

Laughter is a wonderful activity. With children, it seems to come naturally. It’s not so easy with adults. At some point, we get
cautious about our laughter. After all, we are adults and life is something to take seriously. Laughter stops coming as readily as it did when we were kids. Yet, laughter is essential and it needs to be a regular part of our lives.

Think about it. What would happen if laughter was just as important as brushing your teeth, eating, and exercising daily? These are things we do to keep ourselves healthy. Why can’t we use laughter for the same reason?

So, in addition to exercising, eating well (most of the time) and taking my vitamins, I also add a daily dose of laughter to my routine. I think it’s the best preventive medicine I take!