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I Love to Laugh

I’ve been reading the Brotherband Series by John Flanagan recently and I was struck by one character’s action. The whole group or brotherband as they are known were worried about one of their group who was injured and left behind to recover and also missing the constant bickering that usually came from that member’s presence. So this character, Thorn, decides to create some bickering with another crewmate’s help and soon everyone is laughing and enjoying themselves again.

I’ve also been rewatching a lot of Marvel movies with my sister, and each of these movies intentionally adds a lot of comedic scenes and moments into their plots. I think this is part of the reason that they are so well liked.

We all like to laugh, to smile, to experience joy. It’s part of our human nature. Now laughter may not always be the appropriate response, it could be seen as offensive or hurtful in certain situations. Just as Solomon writes there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh” (Ecclesiastes 3:4a). Sometimes it is not a time to laugh. But laughter is important. Whether it’s laughing with friends at an inside joke, or a funny line in a movie, or book, or just at a punny situation, laughter is part of life. And often, it’s the best medicine.

Laughter breaks up boredom, releases tension, heightens enjoyment and has many other physical benefits.

So I’m thankful for all the people that make me laugh: my family, friends, and even the comedians online or on TV. I hope you have a good laugh today. Remember to enjoy life, laugh at the awkward situations you find yourself in, and don’t take yourself too seriously. Sometimes all someone needs to brighten their day is a little laughter.

So here’s a clip to help you laugh a little today. Enjoy!


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Need a laugh or need connection?


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So life isn’t always easy, And sometimes we feel worn out and tired, overwhelmed and frustrated, or just apathetic about everything. This past weekend I was feeling some of this, and then I came across some videos on You tube that lifted my spirits and just gave me a reason to laugh.

Here’s one that I hope will make you laugh too.

But one reason why I continued to watch these videos and share them with the people around me wasn’t just because they made me laugh. A lot of things on You Tube are funny and most of the time I watch a video I don’t share it with others, I just enjoy it, then move on with my life.

But I think these videos occasionally resonate with something deeper that every person longs for: connection, friendship, relationship, and belonging.

Here’s a few videos that I think capture this:

After watching these videos I was suddenly very thankful for the relationships I have in my life, for the people that tell me happy birthday, for the people who welcome me home after a trip and celebrate life’s big milestones.

And I think that’s what we all crave. Going through a tough time in life is inevitable, it happens eventually to everyone. But when we have people who truly care about us and lift us up when we fall down, then it isn’t so hard. I kind of wonder if the saying shouldn’t be “laughter is the best medicine,” but rather “connection is the best medicine.” When we are connected with someone, and can laugh or even cry with someone, that’s what really heals our ailment.

I think this is a big reason why going to a church is important. I know some people think it’s not for them, maybe they still follow God but they’d rather do it alone, or just don’t have time for all those “church activities.” But I’ve found that connecting with a church, and really getting to know people and spend time with them, brings a richness to life that no money could buy.

I don’t want to be preachy but I just realized today how important deep lasting relationships are, and how much we all need and long for them.

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings or at least had a laugh at the You Tube videos, leave a comment if you want.

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