The Laughter Challenge ~~ Will You Join Me?

Yesterday on Facebook someone posted this saying….

And it really does sum up my theory on life.

Deep down we all want to laugh. But for many, they are afraid to laugh. If they laugh, they have to let go of their pain for just a moment. And if their pain is their security blanket, it makes them vulnerable if even for a split second.

But, being the butt I am, I will work hard to show them that split second of happiness.

So my challenge to each of you today is that for the next 24 hours you try to be the beacon of light, that tempter of laughter.

Yep, our goal is to help others find their smile, find that small moment of laughter. Be the person who gives them that smile that might just get them through their day.

baby smile

So my little soldiers… let’s get going…I don’t care if you do it via your blog, your Facebook, in person.

The ONLY rule is, you have to commit to lighting someone up if even for a second. And in return, I guarantee your heart will become full in return.

So Lets Go Make Someone Laugh!

By the way My Soldiers of Laughter ~~ Feel free to reblog, share, like, hit all the buttons you can to help pass along this challenge to as many people as we can…  😀

And if you are reading this in the future…the cool thing is..This doesn’t have an expiration date

~~~till we laugh again~~~

I Bet You Will Never Look at a “&” the Same Way Again

Looks like I might survive the weirdos of the full moon. My sense of humor is back today and I’m back to laughing at the silly things people do or life tosses at me. Thanks for all the words of encouragement. Like a stadium wave of support my laughter button was brought home.

So last night I posted on my Facebook page one of those silly sayings that just cracked me up. I just have to share here as well.

This just makes me laugh…

Makes you wonder if he ate some chilies and it was burning. Or maybe he ran out of toilet paper. Or maybe he just loved the feel of his new carpet. Who knows.

All I know is, like one of my friends said, I’ll never look at an ampersand the same again.  LOL

Have a great weekend everyone….

 

~~~till we laugh again~~~

Laughter in the Clouds

Laughter can be found anywhere, including up above.

Have you ever been driving down the road and looking off into the sky only to wonder how that giant dog got up there?  You ask the person next to you and they say, I don’t see a dog but I see duck. Soon the two of you are noticing all of the items lost in the clouds and having a great time doing so.

Now you might think that the only time you can stare off into the clouds and daydream is while laying in a field of poppies on your back with your best friend. While that might be the ultimate setting, I don’t recommend laying on your back while driving. And I’d stay away from the poppies as they have been known to cause folks to fail drug tests.

But what I do recommend is getting inspired for your smile just by looking around.up. What can you see up there? I’m pretty sure you will see more than squirrels, bunnies, and other animals. Maybe you will find Jesus and can snap a picture and get on the evening news.

Or, if you are in a loving mood, maybe some hearts or even two people holding hands. And if you two are fighting, maybe a person hitting the other with a frying pan. But I bet it is up there.

Or if you have been driving for hours, may you will see a hot dog, or burrito. Or if you have been driving for a really long time with no break, maybe even a toilet. Thus causing you to really wish you would have stopped at that last rest stop.

You see, they are more than floating cotton balls. They are doors to our imagination. And if all you see is cotton balls, then you have an unhealthy relationship with sheep. Oh wait, that’s wool.

So next time when looking for inspiration for your laughter or smile, sometimes you don’t have to look any further than above.

Oh, and if you find yourself saying “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, it’s SUPERMAN!” then you are just driving through Metropolis.

 

~~~till we laugh again~~~

 

 

 

 

Life is Full of Obstacles – Get Over It :D

I love Motivational Posters. But I also love De-motivational posters.

You will find I will use both as the year progress, but I think the De-Motivational ones are the sarcastic wit we all possess. For some of you that feel you aren’t sarcastic, you do have it in you, that is why you laugh at them. For those of us that are sarcastic, they just say what we already know.

But behind this sarcastic wit of mine, I really deep in my heart believe that we can overcome anything that is thrown at us. You see, I’m a rare combination of Optimistic Sarcastic verses the Pessimistic Sarcastic kind. Odd combo I know.

I see the world for all it’s faults. I have the ability though to appreciate the stupidity in the world. I can laugh at the bad and hopelessness that we have at times.

But I also have the ability to believe in those around me. And the power each of us has within.

Take Obstacles for example. Life is full of them. Many people define themselves by the obstacles they face. They make excuses as to why they have made the choices they have or why they can’t achieve what they are capable of.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes people go through hell. More hell than anyone person deserves. But why is it that two people can go through the same situation yet one will come out stronger than ever and the other will come out weaker?

I don’t profess to have the answers, but I do know from all that I have studied, the key is attitude.

Like I have shared before. When life hits you hard, find ways to laugh. Even a half hearted laugh is better than none. 

Couple that with a belief in yourself and you can push through.

Here is the sad part. Re-Read that line in Red. Go ahead, I’ll wait a second…….

Ok, most of you will read that line and think one of two things

A) You are so right. It sucks in the moment but I know I will survive this too

the rest of you will think (like the de-motivational poster above)

B) Easy for you to say. My life sucks and this crap always happens to me and it never gets better. You just don’t understand. 

But I do understand. I have family and friends that are viewers of life like a B person. They think I’m nuts sometimes. But you know what? They will never convince me that their view is better. I can’t imagine spending my life with my heart heavy and hurting 24/7. If that is how they want to go through life, I understand. We all have to make our own choices. But I will always do my part to help those in pain realize there are bright moments in their day and for them to embrace them even if it is for only a few minutes a day.

Yes life is full of obstacles but most of them are to teach us about our life. Some of the others are brought on by our own thoughts and expectations. But that is a post for another day.

Ok, my lecture is over. Our station will now return to it’s normal sarcastic tone….

😀

 

~~~till we laugh again~~~

 

Laughter Can Be Infectious

Have you ever noticed that when someone around you gets a case of the giggles, soon you too will fall into a giggling fit?

They say yawns are infectious, but so is laughter.

I don’t care how upset you are, how mad you are, how ticked off at the world you maybe, the minute you fall into a giggling fit, all that negative emotion melts away.

Your tears of hurt turn to tears of joy. Your mood lightens and you are ready to tackle anything.

The worse is when you start giggling so much your soda comes out your nose, that hurts!

And then it makes you just laugh even more.

So next time you need a good laugh, find a giggle partner and have some fun!

~~till we laugh again~~~

Why I Laugh During Rough Moments

The Bob Newhart ShowI read this quote today by Bob Newhart (for you younger readers, a big time TV comedian awhile back)

Laughter gives us distance.  It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.  ~Bob Newhart

Many folks ask me how I can laugh and find humor in situations that most people would crawl into bed over. It’s simple actually. I refuse to give in to emotions that only hurt me and are counterproductive to dealing with the situation at hand. Don’t get me wrong, I do get bummed over stuff, but that is as far as I allow myself to go.

Usually it starts with a giggle on something I see or think. Then I start shaking my head that I’m even laughing. Pretty soon I’m just smiling and laughing, thinking about various ways it could have been worse, or how funny it looks, or maybe even how funny I must look. But whatever the nugget I latch onto, it pulls me out of whatever funk I find myself falling into.

One should NEVER make decisions when in a negative emotional state. Your thoughts are filled with negativity and rarely are pushing you to the right thing. Think about it, when you are in a negative mood, you don’t care. So if you have to make a decision, you will not care about your choices. Does the worl WHATEVER mean anything to you?    🙂

Once you begin laughing, your head clears, your heart opens and your mind can now address the situation.

So next time you are facing a bad situation, open up to the thought of a chuckle, then a laugh, then a smile. You will physically feel better and realize that while the problem didn’t go away, your negative mindset did. Now you can deal with it.

Don’t believe me? Try it. What do you have to lose?

Oh, and if people look at you like you are crazy? (yea, because this might happen) Just tell them laughing is better than crying any day of the week.

~~~till we laugh again~~~

Do You Sneeze for Odd Reasons?




I Sneeze After Ice Cream

Ok, I have a quirk that is getting worse. It is my sneezing. And after I share this, you will realize why I am not normal (not that I ever claimed to be).

Most people sneeze to clean out foreign objects that get trapped in their nose hairs. Not me. (well, maybe occasionally)

For  the longest time, I rarely sneezed. It seemed the only time I did was when would go out for ice cream. Leaving the cooler building into the warm air would almost immediately start a sneeze attack. I assumed it had to do with the cold and warm colliding and forcing a ninja fight in my nose until one over took  the other.

Now that I own an ice cream store, I’ve come to realize how naive I was. Silly girl. It had nothing to do with the warm air (although that did feel good walking into the warm air).  You know what it was?

I’m freaking allergic to ice cream! I sneeze when I eat it. Period. Especially if I have soft serve. And not just 1 or 2 sneezes. Or maybe you are a tri-sneezer.  Oh no. I have to sneeze like 7 or 8 times. And not little sneezes either. Big ones that hurt sometimes. The kids that work for me, just shake their head. They say “bless you” like once or twice then give up on me since they know I’m not done yet. They yell at me when I go to eat it, since A) I will sneeze and B) I usually don’t feel good afterwards even though I only have a small scoop.

Yep, my favorite thing in the world has turned against me.  It is a sad day in the neighborhood for sure.   🙁

To make it worse, over the last year, if I eat to fast, I start to sneeze. Huh?? How and why did this start? I just can’t do a polite burp and get it over with. Oh no, I have to be odd and start sneezing.

I’m telling you, my body is making up for rarely sneezing early on in my life. This getting old stuff sucks.  LOL.

So, it begs the questions…..

Do you sneeze for odd reasons?    And do you have a pattern with how many times you sneeze?

HERE IS AN UPDATE:  Looks like I sneeze now when I eat. Check out this updated post PART 2 of SNEEZING

 

~~~till we laugh again~~~

 

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Ramblings of Nothingness

Honey SmacksSo I’m sitting here knowing I need to do a post to keep my record going and I’m at a loss of what is funny. Been a long day and still more to go.

I could give you a visual of me sitting here eating Honey Smacks cereal as I stare. That is pretty funny. Not really, only funny if I miss my mouth and milk drools down my chin. (oh you know you have done it too!)

Ok, I could tell you about me having jelly legs this morning as I actually got up to 260 steps on my stair stepper. Hey don’t laugh, a week ago I only lasted 100. Sad huh? But hey, every little bit helps towards being healthier. I know what you are thinking….. I do really….. You are thinking that I really shouldn’t be eating those Honey Smacks.

At least not for dinner.

Or I could tell you about how I have 50 million (ok, I might exaggerate – 40 million) things to do yet I sit here trying to be funny with the milk drooling down my chin. Thank god I have a shirt sleeve to wipe it on.

But in the end, I will have to hope this little rambling of nothingness is sufficient enough for at least a chuckle for your daily laugh. I promise to come up with a better one tomorrow. At least one that doesn’t involve a cereal with a  Frog on it.

PS.  What’s really funny is I’m eating Honey Smacks at my store, not even at home in the kitchen. But I guess it is better than me eating ice cream. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to push myself that extra 15 seconds on the stair stepper and get to 275 steps tonight when I get home.

PSS. Not sure why Honey Smacks either, I’m a Flintstones Cocoa Pebbles kinda gal. I wonder if the checker at the store switched them when  I wasn’t looking. Probably the bag boy, they can be shifty you know.

Oh well, off to knock out at least 10 million of those things before I leave tonight

 

~~~Till we laugh again~~~

 

Smiles / Laughs / Inspiration from Twitter

I’m not sure how many of you have ever looked at Twitter or have a Twitter account. But if you don’t, you are missing some cute little tid bits. Things that will make you smile or laugh. It’s not just about what celebrities will say. There are quite a few folks out there just sending random thoughts or things that make you go hummm.

I thought for today’s smile / laugh or even inspiration, I’d pull up a few of these 140 characters or less tidbits to share. Some are funny, some will make you smile and some will remind you to do either.

So in no particular order, these few stood out to me from the past couple of hours

  • Some times one of the hardest things to do is controlling your laughter at serious moments (I so struggle with this one – LOL)
  • They keep saying the right person will come along, I think mine got hit by a truck
  • Yes, I sing in my car. Yes, I see you staring at me. No, I do not care.
  • My mom thinks my friends are bad influences. but honestly, I’m usually the one coming up with the ideas.
  • It’s really awkward and embarrassing when you accidentally spit on the person you are talking
  • No one will manufacture a lock without a key. Similarly, God won’t give you problems without solutions.
  • That awkward moment when you’re trying to end a conversation and the other person won’t stop talking.
  • When someone says Never-mind – it really means —  You were too stupid to understand the first time, so I give up trying to explain it.
  • Best friends: They know how stupid you are and still choose to be seen with you in public.
  • The awkward moment when you think someones waving at you but theyre not so you run your fingers through your hair & pretend nothing happened
  • Are you always this stupid or are you making a special effort today
  • The awkward moment when you tell people a funny story and no one laughs so you cover yourself up by saying, “you had to be there”.
  • I’m not an alcoholic ..alcoholics go to meetings. I’m a drunk, we go to parties!
  • I’m never sure what to do with my eyes when I’m at the dentist. Do I close them? Do I stare at his face? Do I look at the ceiling?
  • We all have three lives: public, private, and secret.
  • No matter how old you are, when a little kid gives you a Toy Phone and says its for you, You answer it
  • Just because I’m not talking, doesn’t mean I’m in a bad mood. Sometimes I just like being quiet.
  • Dear Family: Thanks for putting an empty box of cereal back in the cabinet. Now I can have a bowl of disappointment for breakfast.
  • I’m not lazy, I’m on energy saving mode.
  • Hippos kill more humans annually than lions, crocodiles or snakes.
  • One thing I learn about life: It’s not something to survive. It’s something to live
  • Tears are not a sign of weakness, but proof that you are human and that you care

Hope you liked some of them. Like I said, you don’t have to really talk to people or engage, but sometimes they are just good for small laughs or inspiration throughout the day.   I even added this to Twitter @Laugh365Days

~~~till we laugh agian~~~

Are You Addicted to Words for Friends?

I have a confession. Yes, I am addicted. But I am probably not as addicted as you new people.  Been there done that, got the T-shirt.

I started playing Words for Friends months and months ago. A friend got me playing when it was just starting to take off. He and I had like 10 games going between us.Then when Facebook opened it up, new “friends” just started to discover what we had known. Next thing I knew, I maxed out to 20 games. So many friends, so little space to add new games.

I’m pretty competitive and in the beginning I hated losing to my friend who played Scrabble competitively. You know the type, the ones that use words you have never heard of? I mean really… Who uses the word QI? or ZOYSIA?

But one thing I am good at is picking up words. Especially those little suckers I can remember like HAJ or SUQ and score big!.

  • So I thought I’d list a few of the things I’ve learned and pass them along to you new folks joining the Words for Friends Revolution

5 Things I’ve learned from Playing Words for Friends…

  • I never thought I’d be waking up at 4am  just to play a vocabulary game (I mean go to the bathroom)
  • You will grow from 1 game with your friend to 3 in a matter of days since neither of you will think the other one hit the Rematch button
  • Your friends and family will never play fast enough for you. What are they doing???  How dare they have a job, a life, better things to do???!! damn them!
  • Not all friends and family are created equal – You have several groups you will play against
    • The Word Game Challenged – You know the ones with the good decent words but no game play. It kills me not to take advantage of those open Triple Plays… It is such a tease!  But in the end, the game will end before it gets half way if I have 400 points and they have 100 and we still have 24 tiles to go
    • The Dang, How did you get Better Group – These folks grew out of the first group and started making me work for my win. My competitiveness comes out – Oh no you aren’t getting ahead of me by 20 points….. It really is a sickness….
    • The Ones who MUST be using Cheats for Friends – I mean really. If you are semi close to me and you start whipping out words I know you can’t even pronounce never mind spell, you either have a smart mouse in your pocket or little help going on. Or how about the ones that always have a 7 letter word to play? Not cheating my behind…
    • The Smart Ones – the Readers – Yes, those that actually read books and know words with more than one syllable. They will frustrate you. But I promise, they teach you new words so you can whip other peoples butts. You many not learn the meaning, but you will know how many points you can get!
  • That I would delay going to bed until I cleared my board only to find 1 or 2 of my friends refuse to sleep until they are cleared as well and we both end up staying up an extra hour or two playing a stupid vocabulary game!  (sorry, got a little riled up there)

Finally, there is Hanging with Friends. Yea, not so good at this one. You may not be able to beat me on Words for Friends but you can demolish me on this one. If I had a spell checker I might be ok. But it is only about words. Not so much up my alley. I think that is why I like Words for Friends and Scrabble. I like the strategy of them. I love blocking your moves. But hanging, I’m lucky if I get the word – BUTTER. I just can’t see the words. It is sad.

Well, if you haven’t started playing this obsession cuz you are too busy tending to your Farm(ville) I can say it is an excellent thinking game that will challenge you. I promise you will learn new words that you can amaze your friends with. Kind of like stupid pet tricks.

And if you want start this addiction, come find me either on Facebook or using my screen name – tadams4u. I’m always up to a new game.   😛

 

~~~~till we laugh again~~~

Don’t Laugh at the Girl on the Orange Bike – Part II

The Orange Torture Machine

Earlier this month I shared that I was hitting the sidewalks with my Orange bike (Don’t Laugh at the Girl on the Orange Bike). Well, it’s been nine days and I’m still alive and better yet, I’m still pedaling.

Ok, to be honest, I’m pedaling every other day. But hey, it has still been 6 times more than I have the last 9 years. So that is a win.

I have even adventured further than 100 yards from my starting location. Amazing, I know. Yep, I have now managed to not pass out for about 3 miles. I haven’t really measured it with a tape measure, but I’m pretty sure I’m close. And yes, I can even do the whole thing with out stopping now. Unless you count when my water bottle dropped out my pocket and I had to pick it up. (And no, I didn’t do it on purpose just to breathe).

And in case you are wondering, the seat still freaking hurts. Does the butt ever get use to this torture device? I may keep pedaling but I also keep shifting. Or maybe those body parts just become numb over time. Who knows.

So the ride starts off easy enough. I have a path I take in the housing development behind my store. I zig zag through the streets taking in all the foreclosure signs and wonder if anyone will move in before Labor Day (not really, but I do look at the signs). Then I weave past the park and see the birdies eating all the Cheerios that the kids in strollers through out while mom was walking them in their strollers (awe, those were the days – when we all had personal chauffeurs) .

As I pass the park, I’m excited to realize I’m half way there and it’s all down hill. Not really down hill cause it actually is pretty straight then up a small hill. As I approach this one section I see some folks standing outside a garage and pointing at me. Is it me or the Orange Machine? How dare they make fun of me! Then I realize they are just waiving to the lady behind me. Darn neighborly love.

Any how, I turn the bend out of the subdivision and realize the while the stretch back isn’t far it has two big problems. A) I’m truly at the farthest point from my final destination (straight shot back) and this is not the place to pass out.  And B) I now have to go up hill.  Shoot me know….

So like we do when we pedal up hills, we think by pushing on our upper leg with our hand it will help the pedals turn. (AHH HAA Moment – that’s where that bruise came from).  I dodge the cars pulling into the gas station, avoid the mom’s dropping their kids off at day care (I picture them telling their kids as they point at me that this is why they must not drink so much soda).  Then through the McDonald’s parking lot (DON”T LOOK TAMMY) and over a few speed bumps (why I don’t go around them? I like the roller coaster ride effect I guess). Finally pulling up to the back door of my desitination.

I stand there huffing and puffing a few minutes on my jelly legs trying not to look like that person on Biggest Loser who always falls down on the treadmill.

And believe it our not… I feel great because I survived another trip!  Maybe fresh air brain washes us. Not sure.

I’ll update you again in a few weeks. If I stop writing one day, check the newspaper or news for a girl passed out on the grass laying next to an Orange bike – It might be me.

~~~~till we laugh again~~~

Fun with Fido…

A few years ago I bought someone I cared for a little tiny stuffed dog and named it Fido.

Later that year, this person had to spend a few months away from home to help their mom who had been hurt in an accident.

So while they were away Fido and I thought we would send pictures from home to help with a daily smile.

Here are a few of the pictures I took.

As you can see, it was just something fun. I encourage you to do something similar for someone you know that could use a smile.

I had a blast doing it and wish I would have kept it going.

Maybe I can start it up again.

Hmm, wonder where Fido is now?  Here Fido, Fido….. Now where is that fluffy sucker hiding…..

 

 

Yep, hiding in a cup….. Silly dog….

~~~~till we laugh again~~~

Why I like the Golden Globes

 

Signs for the Golden Globe Awards.
Image via Wikipedia

 

Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? Sure the people that win probably aren’t always the ones you think should (The Artist??? – Bridemaids was robbed!)

 

But the reason I love watching them isn’t always for the winners/losers. It is by far the funniest awards show on TV each season.

 

First off, Ricky Gervais is one funny fellow. His sarcastic wit and ability to poke fun at others is top notched. Sure you may find his jokes a little crass at times (poor Jodie Foster) , but they are still funny. And if you don’t laugh, then you are just wound too tight. Take it for what they are — Jokes…

 

Second off, the way they pick on each other is great. You get to see some of the inside friendships and the sharp barbs they shoot at each other (Brad & George / Morgan & Helen). The best part is, everyone seems to have thick skin. Some may not laugh, but they expect it due to the nature of the show. And if they don’t laugh all night, maybe they should have stayed home.

 

Finally, the open bar and heavy drinking makes for some interesting, if not awkward moments (yes, I’m talking to you Meryl Streep). I’m not a fan of getting wasted but it sure does cause these folks to loosen up a bit and say stuff they might not normally say.

 

So, while other shows seem a little more uptight or real nerve wracking for some, this one just makes me laugh from beginning to end. Even the speeches are usually funny. Sometimes due to the words they speak and sometimes due to how the joke isn’t working or both. (Modern Family, I’m not sure how many people got it – but it was funny)

 

If you have never watched them before, I’m sure YouTube has some highlights, but for sure next year TiVo it like I do. I promise you will laugh at least once or twice.

 

 

 

~~~Till we laugh again~~~