31 Days of Aging Gracefully: Day 18 — Laughing ’til It Hurts

I’ll admit it right up front: I do not do this often enough. Laughter is the best medicine I know and one of my favorite things about my husband is that he makes me laugh regularly. But that side-splitting, almost-sick feeling of laughing until you cannot breathe? That needs to happen more often. And I’m not quite sure how to make it so.

Part of it has to do with my own attitude, I think. When I’m anxious, rushed, overbusy — it’s much harder to see the humor in anything. And just like yesterday’s post about looking for the small, I think we also have to be looking for the laugh.

Because I do believe there are things to laugh about all around us. As with so much of this life, it’s having the eyes to see, don’t you think?

Here is a short list of things that do make me laugh. What about you?


These girls are regular sources of delight! Here, they’ve just had their ears pierced — at the urging of the littlest one. Who knew?


Men riding bicycles in church, complete with helmets. (It was for an announcement.)


Story at the steps time on Sunday mornings. Almost always there is something said or done to make me crack up. Last week, Pastor Don asked, “What do you do when you feel scared in the night time?” And one of the kids said something almost unintelligible, but Don heard it as “Lie.” “Lie?” he asked. “How in the world does that help you?” The child corrected him loudly, “LIGHT!” Ah, yes. Light. It helps every time. Smile.

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  1. Diana, I too have been exploring the need to laugh more, laugh better, longer, harder. It truly is a gift of grace and good medicine for body and soul! Those darling granddaughters must offer you lots of opportunity for fun and merriment at least. Here’s a link to my post about laughter in case you’re interested in reading it:http://www.wordsofjoy.me/learning-to-laugh-in-the-face-of-adversity/ Blessings and days of holy joy to you, my friend. 🙂 x

  2. I couldn’t agree more that laughter is a must in our lives. We do need to make opportunities to laugh longer and harder at even the small delights that come our way. Here’s to belly-laughs for all!
    Blessings, Diana!