The Best Medicine

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I don’t know these people, but I can’t look at them without smiling a little bit. It’s infectious, their laughter, and a joyous fluttery being inside me wants to know the secret to their mirth and join in. What about you? Did you laugh? Crack a smile? If not, you may be experiencing a laughter drought and not even be aware of it. Don’t you worry, though. I’ve only just begun stage one of “Operation Chuckles.”

*Twirls mustache*

Laughing, more than any other activity, is a hobby of mine. No, scratch that; a passion. Books, movies, television, people — wherever there is laughter to be offered or found, I’m there, enthusiastically participating.

The following quote asserts:

“Laughter is a process of filtering; through exertion, the good is culled and the bad is discarded, leaving its person with a surplus of joy.”

There is proven research corroborating a chemical response related to this particular involuntary stimulus. When you laugh, good things begin to happen to both your brain and your body.

Did you know:


  • Laughter relaxes the whole body.
     A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Have you ever met someone, and after spending a while in their presence begun to to think maybe they don’t get enough laughter? I hear these words in my mind, and it sounds as if I weigh laughter on the same scale I would vitamin B, Iron, or receiving enough sunlight. In fact, I would weigh it higher. Fact about me: I’ve always been somewhat of the sickly type. Complicated birth and all that, which spawned into a weak immune system. Never-mind that, though. There’s been times in my life where no tangible pill or prescribed medicine effected me in the same manner as good company, and subsequently, rich, unadulterated laughter.

Stage two:

Nothing portends lackluster banality more than contrived laughter. We’ve all been there when that joke fumed up the room, the wedding toast set off ear bombs, or someone — hoping to be witty — was instead offensive and inappropriate.

*Guilty*

With a hope to impart something genuine and amusing on you, I popped on over to Facebook, and after flipping through my virtual stacks of photos, I found a couple you’re sure to enjoy — I hope.  I should warn you: they are not the most flattering pictures ever taken of me. Anything for a laugh, though, right?

Just a little extra collagen in the lips — that’s what I told them! No, I kid, I kid . . . This is what happens when you blow air through your lips and catch it on film. I highly recommend giving it a try. Christmas card, anyone?

This application will allow you to Yearbook yourself. Well, hello, fantastic hair.

In an attempt to replicate Edward and Bella’s pose, we failed epically.

So how’d it go? Any laughter at all? For those of you with an ice-chip for a heart, er . . . I mean, those of you who require a bit more in the way of humorous entertainment, I have saved the very best for very last.

Stage three:

Maybe pictures aren’t enough. Let’s move on to a short clip, shall we? (I have actually begun to sweat — that’s how excited I am to share this with you!) This is a skit first aired on Saturday Night Live, staring Kristin Wig and Christopher Walken. If you haven’t seen this, oh my goodness, are you in for a treat! I imagine the majority of you will have a;ready watched this numerous times, and have passed it on just as many. Will you agree that it doesn’t old? This morning alone, I’ve already watched it twice, and was no less delighted than the first time. The skit has been recreated a few times, but in my opinion, nothing beats the original. It took a while locating a version of high-quality and where the sound actually matched the lip movement, but I think I found one.

*blots forehead glistening with droplets of exuberance*

Please go ahead and click this link. If it’s jumpy, grainy, or in any way not up to par, stop it immediately and connect using a higher resolution. You want to enjoy this without straining to see and hear what’s going on!

When you’re done, pass it on to someone who needs to laugh, or someone who doesn’t. Just don’t keep it to yourself.

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/surprise-party/1119104

Below is a recent re-creation. As I said before, nothing prevails the original; however, it’s simultaneously similar and different enough to offer the skit something new, while preserving what makes the original a masterpiece.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/114930/saturday-night-live-surprise

Happy Saturday, and happy laughing, everyone!

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30 thoughts on “The Best Medicine

    • Jenny, yay! This made me smile hugely 🙂 SO glad you enjoyed the post. I have never seen Tim Conway and Harvey. I am off to go watch right now! Thank you for passing on the funny.

  1. Carol Burnett as Scarlett O’Hara in ‘Went With the Wind’ is my all-time fave, but Tim as the dentist, Tim & the Siamese elephants, Tim Conway doing anything, is hysterical. Poor Harvey.

    Woop! Responding to another comment instead of the blog post. (blush)

    Cara, kudos on posting your least flattering photographs, when the rest of us would lock our yearbook photo in a vault, or better yet, feed our bad photos to the closest shredder.

    The beauty of laughter is that we get to be ourselves, unguarded, uncensored, and sometimes, unpretty. Snort!

    • Sherry, I will definitely check out Carol Burnett’s Scarlett O’hara spoof. Anything Carol Burnett is bound to be hilarious 🙂

      FYI: the yearbook picture is not actually me — well, not all of it, anyway. It’s an app. on FB that gives you that fabulous hair. Aren’t I gorgeous? LOL. Yes, unpretty, to say the least!

  2. I love it! Laughter is such a great thing. My cousin used to go house to house cheering people. He worked with a man once that was said to never laugh and caused him to spit his tobacco out in laughter! 🙂 They took him off the firing line at Guadalcanal and put him in the chow hall cooking so he could cheer the soldiers. He was amazing. He could go to a funeral home and make people laugh. Great article!

  3. I wish there was a LOVE button. LIKE doesn’t say enough.

    This is SO true, Cara.

    I think it’s why I draw energy from being with people — even in my imaginary and virtual worlds. Yes. I have both.

    And, it’s so much fun to turn strangers into acquaintances; turn frowns into smiles. All it takes is a bit of sincere interest.

    LOVED those pics. I’ll have to access the video when I’m not on my Laptop (Huey). It freezes on videos and I don’t want to let the Geek Squad send him to the hospital.

    • *Love button* <—- Here you go, Gloria. I made one just for YOU 🙂

      You are so right about drawing energy from people. I am an uber-extrovert, and need to feed off what others are feeling/saying to be able to give that genuine response.

      Yes it is! Sincere interest goes a long, long way.You can feel the difference between it, and its antonym, specious interest.

      So glad the pictures gave you a chuckle. Do check out the video when you have a chance. It's a guaranteed laugh 🙂 LOL Geek-Squad. You've used them before?

  4. Cara, I couldn’t agree more. Laughter is so important! I love doing silly things to make my girls laugh. Like breaking out my best shuffling moves in the kitchen when Party Rock Anthem comes on. I can’t help it, my feet just gotta move! 🙂 (And I really had that yearbook hairdo back in the 80’s.) Hilarious!!

  5. I love to laugh, loud and long and clear! I love to laugh, so everybody can hear! The more I laugh, the more I’m filled with glee, and the more the glee, the more I’m a merrier me!

    • So sorry to hear about the migraine! I am thrilled, however, that the medicine helped take the edge off a bit. I can prescribe you more if need be. I have tons and tons of it just laying around the house! Just ask! 🙂

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