Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hurtin' for a Good Laugh

My bones just need it.

And it's just not just a psychological thing, though I can be quite psycho at times.

It's scientific.
It's quantifiable.
It's physiological.

Check out how humor contributes to physical health: (according to
this website)

Muscle Relaxation - Belly laugh results in muscle relaxation. While you laugh, the muscles that do not participate in the belly laugh, relaxes. After you finish laughing those muscles involved in the laughter start to relax. So, the action takes place in two stages.

Reduction of Stress Hormones - Laughter reduces at least four of neuroendocrine hormones associated with stress response. These are epinephrine, cortisol, dopac, and growth hormone.

Immune System Enhancement - Clinical studies have shown that humor strengthens the immune system.

Pain Reduction - Humor allows a person to "forget" about pains such as aches, arthritis, etc.

Cardiac Exercise - A belly laugh is equivalent to "an internal jogging." Laughter can provide good cardiac conditioning especially for those who are unable to perform physical exercises.

Blood Pressure - Women seem to benefit more than men in preventing hypertension.

Respiration - Frequent belly laughter empties your lungs of more air than it takes in resulting in a cleansing effect - similar to deep breathing. Especially beneficial for patient's who are suffering from emphysema and other respiratory ailments.

Wow, do I ever need a good laugh.

I'm feeling the frustration of trying to be
everything to everybody on everyday at everymoment.

I am energetic PTA member
dependable soccer mom
yes lady to many a task
on-top-of-it Bible Study girl
keeper of the calendar
oh so athletic tennis mama HAHAHAHA
queen bee of the home
doctor and pharmacist
brillant tutor of math and reading
gourmet cook of many healthy dishes
yet chicken lickin skinny mini
thoughtful, loving, daughter
never-forgets-to-call grandaughter
super sister
awesome blogger
bubbly friend
adoring wonderiffic wife
supportive coach's spouse
taking one for the team
always fill in when you need her volunteer
never forget to pack a snack in the backpack kind of mom.
English Teacher Extrordiare

to put it another way....
I'm timekeeper, referee, and cheerleader.
And most of the time, the starting quarterback.
Heck, I also sell the tickets and clean up the crud after the game.

Planter of flowers
Part time Printshop
Previewer of Books, Movies and other media
Plucker of Attitudes
Player of Games
Piano Teacher
Protector of my kiddos
Passionate Preacher
Play Practice Princess
Phone Police
"Pick up Your Stuff" Yeller
Peace keeper
Party Planner
Poop Patrol
Producer of Eggs
Preventer of Accidents
PTA Phreak -(!!!!!)
Pretender to have it all together
Picker of noses
and other orifices.

Priveleged to do each and every one of these things.

But Prover of only one thing:
I can't do it all.
you can't do it all.
i know that i'm not the first one to feel this way.
So half-done.
So scattered.
So lacking.

Cause I can't effectively be all the things i really want to be.

One thing I know that I am.
I AM a Child of the King.
I know the truth is that i only need to be what He wants me to be.
expectations and true desires aside.
Starting now.

And what he wants me to do right now, right this minute is laugh. Be healthy. Be happy.
Here are a few things that make me laugh:

Ellie is preparing her Nerd costume for Halloween. She found these glasses at the thrift store. She can always bring a smile to our faces.

My friend Kerry came into town from Thomas for a meeting and stayed here with us for one night. It was like having a cross between Lisa Kudrow and Anjelah Johnson in my house.
Kerry is so stinking funny.

I have always adored Calvin and Hobbes. Click on cartoon to get a closer laugh.

And finally, this guy cracks me up. Check out all his videos on You Tube.

You may just get a good laugh yourself.

9 Wonderful Responses:

Rena said...

And awesome bloggy friend! Even across the miles! You totally rock!

Words fail me.
You blessed my socks off today!

And I thank God for you!

momof4kr said...

You know just how to write what many of us feel...such a gift!

I can't tell you how much I relate with everything you typed...I'm convinced that if I could just add 3 hours to my day, I could maybe...just maybe be all those things. My hubby just laughs at me.

Hey - Laughter! Isn't that what this was all striving for in the
1st place?! LOL!!!!!!!!!

Mission Accomplished....

4 Lettre Words said...

So very true! We just have to laugh around here. :o)

Love Tim...he is too funny!

Heather Keith said...

I so needed to read your blog, I am feeling a little stressed lately and that is it... I need a good laugh! You are awesome and I love ya,Cuz!

Kathleen said...

I could never have said it better myself!! Boy, do I need to laugh more often!!

Thanks for introducing me to Tim Hawkins...very funny! Needed that!!

Sammoch said...

Whenever you need a good laugh, think of the roofer who accidentally told me he loved me upon ending our phone call...works for most everyone who knows the story!! Love ya...


Baloney said...

That is my favorite video of his - no contest! Doc and I know all the words by memory. :)

Apparently you are feeling the anguish that I am feeling now. I just want to curl up in my bed and hide away from the world - but who has the time?

Shannon said...

laughter is the best medicine... really.

Liked the vid - did you and Baloney plan that?

Great post!

Whitney said...


I started reading this the other day and I ran out of time. I just sat down after a long and stressful day and pulled it up...it was just what I needed. Thanks for your honesty!