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No Laughing Matter


In her terrific book The Joy Diet: 10 Practices for a Happier Life, life coach and well-being guru Martha Beck instructs readers to laugh on a daily basis. And not just a couple of guffaws; Beck prescribes a minimum of thirty laughs a day. Clicked off on a pocket counter, if necessary.

So, maybe I won’t ever be ready to join a laughter club, but I have to confess — I’m not laughing anywhere close to thirty times a day. It’s time to up the ante on the funny. And what do I find funny? My children’s antics. Monty Python. Anything John Cleese. Will Ferrell. Seinfeld, of course. The Daily Show. Stephen Colbert. William Shatner. Zach Galifianakis. Jack Black. Sometimes stand-up comedy can get me: Chris Rock, George Carlin, Lewis Black, Eddie Izzard. The Princess Bride. Airplane. Napoleon Dynamite. Writers often make me laugh out loud: Anne Lamott, Shirley Jackson, Armistead Maupin. Old (as in, from decades ago) Garfield comics. Without fail, every time I watch J-T and Andy Samberg’s Dick in a Box and Motherlover I can’t help myself. I should really watch those two every day.

In whatever form it comes, I definitely need to start laughing more. How about you? What makes you laugh?

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. if i didn’t laugh, i’d cry or die. laughter is SO important for living!

    and miranda can attest to the merits of my laugh. 🙂

    March 1, 2012
    • Indeed, Cathy — you have one of the best laughs ever!

      March 4, 2012
      • thanks! it is …distinctive. lol

        March 4, 2012
  2. My husband imitating me cracks me up no matter how grumpy I am. When my daughter does it, it has the opposite effect – isn’t that weird? I guess it sounds snarky coming from a seven year old. She doesn’t quite have me down yet I suppose 🙂

    March 3, 2012
  3. Well it may be just me and my Southern sensibilities and matching drawl, but the Geico pothole commerical gets me every time. Go to You Tube and search Geico pothole commercial and then tell me if it makes you laugh. 🙂

    March 3, 2012
    • I have to confess that the Geico ad didn’t get me, Kelly — but I’m glad it makes YOU laugh!

      March 4, 2012
      • it cracks me, because it sounds like my georgia family.

        March 4, 2012

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