Life has the capacity to throw us a lot of curve balls and present us with a multitude of precipitous obstacles. Sadly, many of our emotions are born of frustration, angst and anger. But there are rare glimpses into something wonderful. A moment that begins with a smile, turns into a giggle and takes over our body, doubling us over with infectious laughter. Our cheeks burn with crimson, our eyes well and tears stream down our face, but we can’t seem to stop that ‘roll in the aisles’ guffaw.
Minutes go by that we are hunched over, clutching our ribs. We give every effort to try to catch our breath, but our uncontrollable laughter makes us laugh even more, sometimes forgetting what we were in stitches about in the first place. Now we are laughing at ourselves for laughing so hard. Our ribs now burn, our muscles contract, our face is saturated with saline and we can hardly catch our breath. Those around us who have not been privy to the initial joke find themselves laughing along with us because the sense of joy is all-consuming.
These are moments to be cherished. They don’t come along as often as they should for most people, but if we have the chance to lose ourselves in laughter, we shouldn’t let that moment pass us by. We need to learn to let ourselves go and enjoy that feeling of utter helplessness as we laugh ourselves silly. A laugh, not just a giggle, but a good belly laugh that comes from our toes is some of the best and most affordable medicine!!
We may not remember what we were laughing at, but we will remember the feeling of escape and utter happiness and ultimately crave that feeling again.
When was the last time you had a full breakdown of side-splitting laughter?