Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Prescription: Laughter

It’s that time of the year again where I’m hesitant to touch any doorknob with my hand, or read any magazine that’s in my doctor's office. This is a job for Purell. Flu shots will be available soon, and out the door I go to get myself immune to whatever lurks outside my surroundings, trying to keep me in bed. Hmm. Maybe that’s not such a bad idea. But the thought of getting sick is just traumatizing for me. I become a huge needy baby. My girlfriend becomes this stressed out, worn out, been there & done it type of nurse. That poor girl has her hands full!

The other night Amy and I went out to the bar. We drank a few drafts and then headed out to the diner to sober up. Amy gave me the fit of the giggles so bad, that I had to run into the ladies’ room to get my composure. I walked back out, sat down in my booth and tried to remain calm. Didn’t work. I start chuckling all over again. An older lady who was all alone came up to us. “I don’t mean to bother you, but your laughter made me giggle. It’s nice seeing two people laugh like that…” We felt bad for her, because she sat all by herself and walked out on her own into her little car. It silenced us for a bit, but we both wondered who she was going home to, or if she had anybody to share laughs with in life.

Now with the weather starting to brisk up again and the days are getting shorter, I feel a little depression cycle coming over me. I’m lucky to have friends and family who keep me laughing. It’s so healthy to just lose control over laughter. Don’t worry who’s looking…they’re probably wishing they were laughing with you...(or at you in some cases!) But, it’s so incredibly beneficial to have a good belly laugh once in a while---or everyday if you can.

Last night, I stayed up a bit late to watch the Monday Night Headlines on Jay Leno. Let me tell you—if you haven’t seen this segment on his show, it is the funniest thing on earth! I laughed so hard, I was crying! Maybe my sense of humor is warped, but these demented signs and articles that are either done incorrectly or misspelled are hilarious.

Please watch this if you want to laugh uncontrollably! This is why I love Monday nights.


Anonymous said...

haha That was hilarious. Guess we might share the same sense of humor.


Bossy♥'s YOU said...

I once got the giggles so bad in a public place that I was told to leave:)

I say this last ngiht, beings dave lettermnan was a rerun..i love the headlines

Grant said...

Whenever I hear laughter, I assume it's about me. And then I want to kill them.

You have been warned. :p

J R Estelle said...

I love when something happens or a memory comes traipsing through your head and you giggle and as much as you try to stop, you can't and then you look around and see others smiling too. Either because it's that nervous, that person has lost their mind smile or because, like that lady, they needed to hear it. I'm rambling.

Laughter is infectious, in fact, I'm giddy right now.

Natalia said...

You do know that we all get sicker because we depend on Purel, right? I mean, we are breeding stronger viruses and bacteria :) Just thought I'd add to your phobia. Kidding...but it's true :)

And I love the giggles. My family and I do that all the time when we get together, even at restaurants. :)


~Deb said...

Heaven Nose: My sense of humor may be warped, but it keeps me from going insane…(somewhat!)

Bossy: Was this in church again?

Grant: I can’t believe you—out of all people have a complex!

J R Estelle: Yeah, it’s especially funny when you’re on one of those cell phones hidden underneath your hair – the ones you can’t see – and you’re laughing and talking………to what it appears as nobody.

Natalia: Yeah, kick up my OCD another notch! I see how you are! (ha) You’re right though. We’re basically making ourselves intolerant to germs. I’ve heard of that…but then I can’t stand the thought of touching a shopping cart or a doorknob. I still cringe. Having the giggles is hysterical when you can’t stop.

bazza27 said...

I couldn't watch the video cos I'm at work, but i sure enjoy a good belly laugh.

samuru999 said...

Thanks Deb....
just what I needed this morning...
a good belly laugh!!!
And,I think I am feeling better
and, yes, please bring me some of
your famous chicken soup!!!!
Have a great day!

~Deb said...

Bazza: Well, if you ever get a chance to watch Jay Leno on Monday nights, remember to watch the "headline" segment. It's great.

Samuru: Feel better!!! Laughter is the best medicine!

GW Mush said...

If you laugh at the right time, milk will come out your nose:)

~Deb said...

I don't drink milk. Maybe vodka?

Oswald Croll said...

As I read this post two things cross my mind. (1) I am mad you didn't post it earlier. I am home sick for the second straight day. I could have used the warning a few days ago. Although, on the bright side, if I wasn't home sick, I wouldn't have had the time to catch up on my blog reading and see what you are all up to.
(2) I am often surprised how many people get depressed as the daylight hours get shorter. Being an avid "nightlife' fanatic, I love the longer periods of darkness. I always felt guilty getting boozed up while the sun was up. And unless you work at the beach, or somewhere with outdoor seating, daylight is not your friend as a bartender. I love the darkness. I love the brisk breeze that follows October in, and the hoards of people bustling around the streets, seeking shelter, drinks and fun. I just LOVE this time of yr. All I need now is a warm cup of Irish coffee and a trip to the pumpkin patch.

Anonymous said...

Laughter is always a good thing...unless of course you had a seat in one of the Titanic lifeboats and those who didn't could here you.

Pittchick said...

My hubby gave me a fit of the giggles today. He apparently got lost walking downtown and ended up traipsing around in the rain for over an hour! Downtown Pittsburgh isn't that big, I couldn't help but laugh!

normiekins said...

i love to laugh....oh deb have you ever watched craig ferguson late night....the guy is a riot....his monologues are the best....!

i'm stocked up on clorox spray bleach and wipes and lysol for the winter.....target loves me.

Saur♥Kraut said...

VERY funny. :D

crabcake said...

These blasted gray sky days get to me too if I don't hang with friends and keep busy.

Nothin for it but to hit margarita night every week till winter is over. By then I'll have a habit. sigh. Well, it's not like it's my fault.

BTW, I tried those faux sunlight bulbs last year. Somebody should tatoo sap on my ass. I never learn.

GW Mush said...

God has created such a beautiful earth, the moon, the stars..... but not anything on earth is as beautiful as Deb's smile and laughter.

Cinderella said...

I tried to do the right thing and get a flu shot this year but there are no shots available for my age group...so I hope I make it without catching that nasty bugger. Purell all the way!

Tense Teacher said...

I LOVE headlines! It's the only time Geek and I make a point to watch Leno.

Oh, and the germs got me today... Am I still allowed to comment, or do I have to wait till they run their course?

Geek said...

The one that gets me is when you open the door to go to the Rest room and your hand comes away wet. Gives me the heebies.

Last nights headlines was great.

Kat Campbell said...

Laughter has saved me from depression all my life. Thank goodness I see the humour in everything... gets a little dicy at funerals, but hey, how many of those do you go to in a year?

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kathi said...

Everyone is logged on here, so it took me three 'refresh'-ings to get to see Jay, but THANKS...I needed this!

Miss 1999 said...

I watched that last night too, and was busting! *LOL*

QUASAR9 said...

Laughter and smiles
and all things nice

Good cheer men search in good beer
Good cheer you bring to me my dear

Jazz said...

I love laughing, always makes me feel great. Know what comedian has me in tears? Dean Cook, OMG that man is freaking hystarical.

I love Jay Leno, he always has me laughing. The spiniach one was great, and what that teacher said about the bully. lol.

Thanks for sharing.

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