Laugh-In? I Say Laugh On!By Carol Alt / Post / April 12, 2017
I was in a meeting the other day and one of the group members asked me this an interesting question. He said “Carol, what would you say are the most important things that you do to keep healthy?”
The meeting was going really well, and everybody was smiling and laughing and frankly, I felt really at ease. I replied “You know, one of the big things that my doctor has always told me is that I need to smile, and I need to laugh.”
I would have to say that the biggest thing that I can tell you, my reader, my friend, and for a person who is trying to be healthy, is that every day you NEED to laugh. A biophysicist that I spoke with told me that I should start the day thinking about my life; that I should be thinking about the funniest things that happened in my life. Interestingly he didn’t tell me to think of the most pertinent, not the points of change, not the pathos or the hurt– he told me to think of the funniest memory I have. Each day search for a new one. Every morning, I do that. And during the day right before I step into a meeting, I think just a couple seconds on that happy funny memory that I meditated on that morning.
What memory has gotten me through the most meetings?
I’d have to say that the top two funniest memories I have are actually entertainment moments. Movies or television shows that made me laugh so hard I almost fell out of my seat. And even if they don’t sound funny to you now, even writing about it for you, I’m laughing(and I’m on the bike riding in a hot infra red sauna where laughter doesn’t come easy!). Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, where Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin got their start, is the top of my list. It was a variety show back in the early, early 70s- maybe even 60s– now I’m really aging myself! LOL!
The premise of the show was a variety type show where the two hosts, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, Would open the show with a dialogue. And then they would introduce little, funny, crazy, skits. In fact the whole 60s was predicated on jokes from Laugh-In. Things like psychedelic paint on faces, body paint, sexual innuendo, all got their start on Laugh-In. One day as they were opening the show, Dan (who was played the straight man of this genius comedic duo) was trying to get through his piece of the dialogue but Dick, who played more or less the unintelligent half of the duo, just started to laugh.
He was laughing so hard and it was so genuine, so real that he couldn’t get through his half of the dialogue. Dan, watching Dick try to get through his dialogue, started to laugh which made Dick laugh even more. I must’ve been 6 or 7 yrs old, but I remember sitting on the floor with my family watching TV and laughing so hard I fell over. My whole family was laughing. This is such a great memory for me, and therefore when I feel the most tense or like it’s a dire moment, I remember that people can read what you’re feeling in your eyes and from your body. We give off a scent that dogs can even smell, if you’re fearful. Thinking on moments like these from your own life and thinking on something funny can change a lot in your life; it can change how people view you and, therefore deal with you.
It can change your life.
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