I love to laugh. I mean, I love other things–dark chocolate, books, peanut sauce, my family, Clementine–but laughter? I couldn’t live without it. I love going to see stupid Will Ferrell movies and taking advantage of the darkness of the movie theater to laugh my loudest. I love people who make me laugh, and who laugh when I’m trying to be funny. I seek out The Daily Show and The Colbert Report because I know they’ll ensure my day ends on a chuckle. The only thing that I don’t like (that makes me laugh) is when my younger brother tickles me. Seriously–I rue the day he outweighed and out-talled me. Not that the latter was difficult.
I believe that laughter, in addition to being enjoyable, is important. If I can laugh with someone, I know that I’ve found common ground with them. I use humor a lot in my classroom, too. My lessons are a lot more memorable to my students when they’re enjoyable experiences. And…let me see if I can say this in the right way: I think children should be able to laugh at themselves. I don’t mean they should learn to laugh when bullies are making fun of them, but that it saves them a lot of pain if they don’t take themselves too seriously. As human beings, we’re completely fallible. I say contradictory, stupid things all the time. Sometimes I’m able to laugh at myself and sometimes I’m not. There are kids who do this naturally, but I think it can also be taught. I definitely notice–in my capacity as a teacher–that children are happier when they can see ridiculousness in themselves.
Then, of course, there’s the feeling that laughter gives me. Whether I’m doing it myself, or I’m listening to my niece having a whale of time being lifted into the air, hearing laughter gives me the warm fuzzies. Nothing says well-being like laughter. (I should qualify this by saying that I’mnot including evil or malicious laughter–though they isn’t something I’ve experienced much, outside of the movies or television.) I don’t really know much about the physiological effects of laughter (doesn’t it produce endorphins or something?) and I don’t really care. What I do know is how it makes me feel, and how integral it is to me.
In terms of books and reading, this topic actually surfaced in my mind for two reasons. One, I just started reading Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. I’ve made no secret of my love for SRB and, most recently, she had me rolling on the floor during my reading of Team Human. Man, is that chick hilarious! If you’ve ever seen her tweet-by-tweet recaps of the Vampire Diaries, you know what I’m talking about. My point is this: SRB hits so many of my laugh buttons that I’ve scarcely stopped smiling since I picked up the book. Is she that funny? Well, yes. Her writing makes me want to sit down with her and exchange quips all day. Humor is always the thing that makes me feel a special connection to an author.
Ahem. Not that SRB knows or acknowledges any connection between us.
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To me, this just called for a response. So I left a comment:
This interaction was completely, utterly meaningless. It’s only purpose was to evoke laughter. And that is why I find it so awesome. I don’t just like to seek out opportunities to laugh, I enjoy making them. Because I believe that every time I do, I’m making the world a better place.
Some things that make me laugh:
- The It Crowd
- Television Without Pity
- Eddie Izzard
- Old Skool How I Met Your Mother
- Bloggers: Small from Small Review, Jenny from Supernatural Snark, the Smart Bitches, Smash from Smash Attack Reads, Amanda from On a Book Bender and Kelly from Reading the Paranormal.
- Go the F*** to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
- Authors: SRB (duh), Marian Keyes, Kiersten White (another funny twitterer), Stephanie Perkins and Cassandra Clare.
I hope you laugh today! (And tomorrow.)
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