“the most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – ee cummings
Facebook tells me that last year on this day, I was drinking wine out of my new Kate Spade “his & hers” glasses that we received as a wedding gift. [side eye, annoyed emoji goes here] A pro and con of social media: reminders of all the memories in your life. But hey, I’m dealing with it. A quick scroll and I’m right back in the land of mindless cat memes and Chive articles. Isn’t that funny? One moment, you can be cringing at a painful photo and the next, you can be laughing uncontrollably at a baby goat saying “what’s up?”. But, that’s my point. We have a choice. We can wallow in the sadness of something that no longer exists or we can move on and just fucking laugh at something else. We can choose happy.
And, it’s healthy! No joke, I did a little research on the health benefits of laughing, and things like “improved immune system” and “relieve pain” came up. If you think about it, it’s true; those moments when you’re sobbing and you feel like you can’t breathe and then your sister makes a stupid joke and you instantly find the ability to laugh. Your body is basically providing you with its own painkillers while endorphins are released from your brain. Oh, and apparently it burns calories, which is helpful in my case since I’ve eaten my weight in pizza and Thai food since filing for divorce. But, in all seriousness, aside from my amazing support system, laughing really does help me feel better about myself and my situation. [also, I feel like an asshole for rolling my eyes all those times my grandma said “laughter is the best medicine.”]
Speaking of medicine, I went to see A Bad Mom’s Christmas on opening night and I must say, it was the ultimate stress relief. I don’t have children, but I could still relate to everything in that movie and I am telling you, I NEVER stopped laughing. It didn’t get great reviews, but don’t let that fool you. I would watch this over and over again (with or without alcohol). Grab your friends, take a night off, and go see this movie. And don’t forget to laugh today.
warning: this trailer may be inappropriate for little ones.