Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Laugh at the Little Things

So, I've been challenged to answer the question of "What Makes Me Laugh". Hmmmm...it has, I must say, created quite the thought process for me, because I enjoy laughing and it made me realize just how often I do truly laugh.

[Sidenote: I am highly medicated on cold meds...hope this all makes sense :)]

Ok, in case I haven't told you before (although I'm pretty sure I have), I'm a dork, so I tend to laugh at stupid things. For instance, I find the commercial for Scared Shrekless hysterical...every time the gingerbread man poops jelly beans because he is afraid, I bust up laughing. Honestly, I could be in the middle of a conversation and laugh about it. I truly tried hard to find an image on the internet, but failed. Commercials that show people running into things, such as signs or doors, also spur on loud belly laughing from the pit of my stomach. Depending on the commercial, it will envoke tears with that laughter. I know...it's just a commercial, right? But...why not enjoy life?

Besides items seen on TV, I tend to laugh at silly things. I find squirrels, yes, squirrels to be hysterical creatures and will often pass many a minute watching them outside the window. (I'm sure they'd be less funny if they were inside my house.) But, seriously, tell me they are not funny to watch with their tail twitching back and forth? My dog creates much laughter in that she is so gosh darned carefree about life. She chases that ball like it is the last available ball on the Earth. My dog also uses the most interesting ways to seek my attenion and never fails to bring a smile and chuckle as a response from me (note above picture). After giving this aspect some thought, I realized that sometimes the most innocent of things creates laughter within me. I think it is mainly due to the fact that they are true and real in their simplest of forms.

Times with friends usually and almost always inspires laughter at some pathetic and silly act. Generally, it wasn't, but done by accident....be it a mislad word or phrase or action that just was out of the blue.

Sure, jokes are funny, but I always feel like I need a fake laugh for them. True laughter comes from the things that arent' planned...the things that just happen. Sometimes those are trips or falls (as long as the person isn't hurt...well, maybe even if they are-hardest thing ever to hold in a laugh of that nature) or just a snapshot of life as we know it. Hmmm...maybe this question is harder to answer than I first thought.

What do you think?

The blog post was inspired by the #letsblogoff folks. All of the other entries can be found at www.letsblogoff.com. Have a read to see what makes others laugh.


Allison A. Bailes III said...

If you like the antics of squirrels, I'm sure you've already checked out all the videos on YouTube, but just in case you haven't, you should. This one called Squirrel Acrobatics is great: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vCx_yJ-z-s

jb @BMoxieBMore said...

amy I love it and glad to see you posting. and I think we share some of the same sentiments. For really fat squirrels - put it on your bucket list -- 17 mile drive, pebble beach CA. you'll loose it (that's a funny word)> I recently did a post on full meds myself so I know feeling. I admire you, great job nonetheless and hope you feel better.

Saxon Henry said...

I agree that true laughter is all about things unplanned. Once I plan to be "amused," self consciousness sets in and there's no way to keep it natural. Enjoyed your post!

John Poole said...


Ahh...squirrels! Yes, as you point out, very cute outside, but a total terror when they find their way in! And like you, I also find those slapstick sort of syncopations pretty uproariously funny. Not sure why, but just do. Nice post!

- John

cindyfw said...

amy - agree, small unplanned surprises, that's the best chuckles. I think fun is always intimate, not big gestures. sometimes we all laugh at the same thing, that's as big as it gets - aggregated big. nice post, hope yr better soon. cindy @urbanverse

Deana said...

I'm like you in that it's the little things in life that make me laugh. It's a shame that more people can't see life that way. Great post! (I finally worked my way over to reading your blog!!)