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Michelle Turnberg, Published February 03 2012

Turnberg: Laughing and living go together

Remember the last time you had a good, hard belly laugh?

I mean the kind of laughter that makes your sides hurt, that makes you shake uncontrollably, that causes tears to flow and makes your nostrils flare?

The kind that causes others to stare, and that makes them try to get a look at what it is that is so funny?

Spontaneous, hearty and unbridled laughter is unquestionably one of life’s greatest gifts.

And because laughter is contagious, it makes sense to surround one’s self with those who have a special proclivity for fun. When you’re around people who have the gift of looking at life with a smile, you are in good company. And isn’t it interesting how a situation that might enrage one person inspires humor in another?

I recently experienced a genuine laugh-fest, and it was marvelous.

I was on vacation with a group of people, many of whom I had just met. It was clear we were going to be a fun bunch, an assortment of individuals who seemed to agree with each other.

One evening, we all met for supper at a nice Mexican restaurant. The day was long and beautiful, and after a round of golf we were hungry. As we’re digging into some chips and salsa my friend Mike got a bite of hair to go along with his tortilla chip.

At that point, there were two ways this could have gone. One, we could have complained to the manager, demanded new food and insisted that the dinner be complimented. Or two, we could blow it off and acknowledge that we were dealing with, well, just hair.

We opted for the latter. We saw the situation as amusing, and we nearly went into convulsions laughing at the clever (and silly) comments tossed around by those at our table.

Sometimes it seems the difference between those who are happy and those who are miserable is not much more than how we choose to react to a situation.

A simple question was tossed around on our trip many times; especially when we were laughing and we would see others were walking around with a scowl: Why be happy when you can be miserable?

Attitude is everything.

A wise man once told me: “Never go someplace looking for happiness. You need to bring it with you.”

How profound. And although I may never look at chips and salsa the same way again, I will be smiling and laughing to myself.

Michelle Turnberg writes a weekly column for SheSays.