I posted this blog almost three years ago. As I reflect on this life lesson, I have indeed laughed more and found joy in my moments.
“A good laugh is sunshine to the house.”
My Mother-In-Law, my favorite aunt, and cousin, Kitty, took me out for a birthday lunch. From the moment we met at the “proper” French restaurant, laughter commenced. We’d only been there for minutes, yet found ourselves apologizing to our server for our rowdy table. He had his hands full with four boisterous gals—or so we thought.
Our server, Peter, replied, “Bella, no need to apologize. Life is too short—we must laugh! I’m 87, and I find laughter in everything.”
Before going to get our drinks, Peter looked into my aunt’s eyes and said, “Were you born this beautiful?” She giggled and placed her hand on his cheek.
Back and forth to our table, and despite the demands from patrons, Peter smiled, joked, and served up compliments. Loving people, full of life, overflowing with joy.
Can I learn to live more like this?
After all, Laughter decreases stress hormones and improves resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. And endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Peter told us one last joke and then asked, “Come back, will you?”
Kitty replied, “We definitely will. You are delightful.”
With eyebrow raised and a suggestive look he said, “Ce soir pour sûr, mon amour—Tonight for sure, my love.”
Roaring with laughter, we said our goodbyes. I felt rejuvenated and left with new purpose. One elderly man, full of life, reminded us to be joyful about our gift of life. It was the best birthday present.
I will laugh more. I will.
What makes you laugh, filling your spirit with joy?