Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday :: Laughter

Laughter. Something so simple, but something that I need each and every day.

I hate being miserable… don’t you? Of course you would! Yet often I realize that I tend to get stuck in a cycle of negativity and worry that I don’t take the time to release my burdens to God, make necessary adjustments, and simply enjoy life.

Seems easier said than done, and I’ve often felt challenged to direct my negative, self-defeating thoughts toward life-giving, positive thoughts.

But positive thoughts aren’t always enough… sometimes what i really need is a good laugh.

I don’t have to pay big bucks to go to a comedy club to laugh; there are over a dozen memories I’ve held close to my heart that still have the ability to make me laugh as hard as the day that whatever hilarious event took place.

My mind has no time to think of something negative when I’m too busy enjoying life and laughing regularly.

I love laughing till my stomach hurts. True, it can be a bit uncomfortable, but I appreciate a good laugh.

I enjoy laughing out loud with a group of friends. I enjoy the rare moments when you know you shouldn’t laugh yet you try so hard to hold it in but you know you’re not really fooling anyone. And I love those nights before going to bed when I’m able to turn on a funny movie or show and laugh my head off while my father looks at me and smiles, wondering what I’m up to.

I’d say that the real beauty of laughing is the opportunity to share it with the people you love the most; when you can ask your spouse or friend, “Hey, remember that one time when….”

Today, I’m thankful for the gift of laughter. I don’t know what life would be without it.

A day without laughter is a day wasted

-Charlie Chaplin

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