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Just for a laugh. Thursday May 26, 2016

A woman becomes an overnight internet celebrity after she made a simple video of herself alone in her car trying on a Star Wars mask. It is funny but what does it tell us about our society that over 70 million people have viewed it.

News programs want to interview her, bloggers are commenting on her video and its significance for our society.

I think it is lovely that a video of a woman with an infectious laugh has touched so many people but what does that say about our society. Is the sound of a woman laughing so unusual that we need to go to the internet and tell all our friends about it.

I remember when I first started taking medication people would tell me I was not much fun anymore and it was probably true.

I had done so many wild impetuous things when high, that I had forgotten to laugh and have fun.

As adults we are often worried about making a fool of ourselves in public, of letting go and releasing the childlike qualities within.

Seeing an adult woman have so much fun with a mask, is so reassuring in a world with so many violent upsetting images appearing daily on our screens.

Why don't we do more spontaneous fun things or do you?

What was the last thing you did that made you laugh long and loud?

What was the last something silly you did just because you felt like it?

What childlike qualities do you like in yourself?

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Karin Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 7:09am

This week I found an empty bottle of orange juice in my bag and picked it up to bring it to the recycling bin when I noticed a certain fondness for the bottle because of the fact that HE had held it in his hand. Telling my friend/coach about it we both laughed so hard. My eyes went teary and I felt both exhilarated and silly. Have I ever felt that way before? Spontaniously - and not trying. At all. I am laughing my way to accepting that I am in love.

Thanks to our coaching-exchange session it is also getting to feel ok - I'm leavning behind all the bad stuff about being together that I experienced before. I could even feel grateful for the experience and leave in the past. This is new. I've never felt this way about an orange bottle before. I may get to tell him too soon. I hope so. I think so. It will be when it is time to do so. Right now I'm very happy just the way it is right now.

Lots of love to you all,

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 8:13am

Karin I smiled at the story of the empty bottle, that is so sweet. Glad you are going with your good feelings well done. Thanks for your comments.

Hopeful One Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 7:11am

Hi Leah- thanks for that . I could not agree more . As you know the Squdron regards laughter as a Universal Tool to mange one's mood.The last thing I did to make me laugh ? It was this morning before posting the joke below. Can I claim that I made a few Moodscoppers laugh today?

Leah thanks for the info on Australia. I have seen a kangaroo in a zoo . Does that qualify?

This joke could draw flak so we will have to see.

Two men from Texas were sitting at a bar, when a young lady nearby begins to choke on a hamburger. She gasps and gags .One Texan turns to the other and says , "That little gal is havin' a bad time. I'm a gonna go over there and help." He runs over to the young lady, hoids both sides of her head in his big, Texan hands, and asked, "Kin ya swaller?" Gasping, she shakes her head to say 'no.' He asks "Kin ya breathe?" Still gasping, she again shakes her head .With that, he yanks up her skirt, pulls down her pants and licks her on her bottom . The young woman is so shocked that she coughs up the piece of hamburger and begins to breathe on her own. The Texan sits back down with his friend and says , "Ya know, it's sure amazin' how that hind-lick manoeuvre always works."

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 8:16am

Yes your jokes make some smile and laugh. I am also thinking of simple things we do that make us laugh like blowing buubkes then trying to make them stay off the ground or trying to juggle and continually dropping the balls.

Mary Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 5:05pm

I just love this! Possibly due to the fact I have a friend who is very proudly Texan. I really must send this to her!

Orangeblossom Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 7:48am

Thanks for this Leah. It is thought provoking! Hope that you have many fun-filled days ahead.

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 8:16am

Orangeblossom, Thanks so much for your kind words.

jen Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 8:46am

So true! I think many of us have experienced childhood traumas that have left us cut off from that inner child that can play, giggle and be spontaneous. I can't really remember being that way as a child so have had to work at it. At the age of 55 I went with a friend of a similar age to toboggan down a hill for the very first time. I have danced on a New York subway with a rapper, much to the amusement of most of my family, and the embarrassment of others.I look for ways to say 'yes' to new adventures. I am looking forward to being an eccentric old lady, not caring one jot what other people think as long as I don't hurt anyone.

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:06am

Jen, It is wonderful that you can have fun tobogganing and dancing on a subway. Good for you!! I too want to be an eccentric old lady -my children would say I was laready one!! Your lovely reply made me smile.

jen Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 8:46am

So true! I think many of us have experienced childhood traumas that have left us cut off from that inner child that can play, giggle and be spontaneous. I can't really remember being that way as a child so have had to work at it. At the age of 55 I went with a friend of a similar age to toboggan down a hill for the very first time. I have danced on a New York subway with a rapper, much to the amusement of most of my family, and the embarrassment of others.I look for ways to say 'yes' to new adventures. I am looking forward to being an eccentric old lady, not caring one jot what other people think as long as I don't hurt anyone.

Still picking figs Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 8:53am

Wonderful, Leah - you have picked on something so essential to getting us through it all. If I didn't allow myself those silly moments, I'd sink fast. I host a radio show in my kitchen, it's hilarious. I have all kinds of interesting guests, ranging from off-the-wall to the soporific. It's such a tonic. Try interviewing yourself on a good day and a bad. My channel fig airs infrequently, but I am a faithful listener.

The other morning, when my show was temporarily 'off-air', my husband was bidding me goodbye as he would be away overnight. Well, goodbye then, he said a bit soulfully in response to my 'see ya'. 'What do you want? I snapped. A West End musical? We both fell about laughing.

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:08am

Figs, I like the idea of your radio show, I often interview fictional people and have fun rview my partner and he pretends to be one of my characters!! I smiled when I thought about you and your husband falling about laughing.Thanks for your response.

The Gardener Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 8:57am

Lovely thought provoker Leah. Many (mostly men) will not speak a foreign language in case they get laughed at - I still make faux pas - some have been laughed at for years. Curren hilarity among friends - I have two houses, 18 rooms, a sick husband and no money - everyone laughgs, peerhaps they don't believe it?

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:12am

Gardener, It is interesting how many people are afraid to try new things incase they fail. I have made so many faux pas in English!!Thanks for your comments.

Rebecca Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 11:15am

Lovely blog. I'm really miserable at moment, my older horse is struggling, got nasty weepy sores on her. Vet been, taken blood tests and given her antibiotics and pain killer. Very hard to laugh at moment, just had some idiot at work asking me to smile.x

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 11:21am

Rebecca, I am sorry about your older horse. I know there are times when it is hard to laugh. I also dont like people asking me to smile when I don't want to. Your horses mean a lot to you. I thank you for commenting even when you are miserable.

Mary Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 5:42pm

Rebecca - so lovely to see your name here again, even when the news is not good. Please do carry on with us and best wishes to your poorly horse.

Richard Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 11:56am

Thank you, Leah. An inspirational blog.
Deep breath...
I'm old enough to remember Python's Ministry of Silly Walks sketch. If I'm in the mood, at pelican crossings I do a damn fine John Cleese impersonation. It brightens up the car drivers' day, costs me nothing, and reminds me that us British have a brilliant sense of humour.
Have a fine day, you wonderful Moodscopers.
Peace & Love,

Anonymous Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 12:24pm

Oh how funny Richard. I would laugh at that! Julxx

Mary Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 5:43pm

Oh Richard, I would love to join you.

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:18pm

Richard, Thanks so much for your image of you doing a silly wotk at crossing. I may try it one day too!!

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:20pm

Mary, I think you should, I think we all should where ever we live! I see worl wide silly walks day!! That would be a great laugh. Anyone else care to join in??

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:21pm

Jul, do you want to join in too??

Anonymous Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 12:31pm

Hi Leah. I do like a good a laugh. Now I've written that, I wonder if there is anyone on this planet who doesn't! I have laughed hysterically with colleagues and friends in the past, most memorably when I used to go on work related trips to Bangkok every year with the same set of colleagues. These days I laugh in a short burst or chuckle more I think. Not the same at all.I do love it though when someone makes me laugh and I don't mind being laughed at! A bit like Gardener doesn't by her situation being seen as funny by her good friends.Great blog as usual. Jul xxx

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:22pm

Jul, That is interesting does everyone like a good laugh- maybe but not everyone does get to achieve it rgularly thats why we like watching youtube!! Thanks for your comments as always given me food for thought. Leah x

The Gardener Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 2:47pm

Last night I had a phone call from one of our oldest friends - we had been neighbours more than 50 years ago - in facing farm lodges. We all got chased out by the motorway - his way led to riches and two wives, ours to farming and France. His news - terminal lung cancer - I was curiously flattered that he had called to tell me in person. We had a laugh about our disreputable past - I'd like to share a few.

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:24pm

Gardener, You have such a way with words and memories. So sorry about your friend but waiting to hear your stories,

The Gardener Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 2:49pm

At one of our parties I was wearing a wrap-around this skirt. This friend's assistant (male) undid the skirt, climbed a tree and tied said skirt to the top like a flag. I went in to the shed, got a saw, cut the tree down, put my skirt on again and walked off - tree was in hedge with Dutch elm disease, so was doomed anyway.

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:26pm

Gardener, I had to smile at your wrap around skirt story. they were the biggest fashion mistake of the 1970s especially if one lived in windy place. they didnt even make a decent table cloth. Only a man would have designed them!! I digress!! Did you climb the tree skirtless?? Oh la la!!

The Gardener Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 2:52pm

Another party was at theirs - by that time our cottage had gained elegance, and had a fish pond in a marble terrace! Friend had always wanted to dunk me in my own fishpond. Around 2 a.m, fireman's lift across the drive, and put me head first in pond - forgetting that there was mesh against herons.It was like going through a bean slicer, and wrecked the most expensive dress I ever had.

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:28pm

Gardener, Your memories have a touch of noel coward's plays in the them!! Fishpond at 2am!! A pity about the dress. Now if there had been videos and yout tube then!!

The Gardener Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 2:55pm

He was a hard-nosed business-man, but if I or kids in trouble, first one to help. Another party - my 'trick' was standing on my head, half a crown a minute. He tried it, just about got balanced, and someone poured beer down his trouser legs. We also put Nancy Sinatra 'These boots are made for walking' on maximum and repeat when next door were suffering hangovers. They all roared over seeking vengeance, so we mmade them heave a heavy lintel into place (renovations in progress) then they had some more beer.

Anonymous Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 5:50pm

You seemed to have a lot of fun when you were younger Gardener. But I guess that's life. Leah's blog has provoked memories of happy fun filled days for many of us. I think she is right that we should never give up on laughter, fun and being silly once in a while. I hope you are coping Gardener. I have just finished a book called The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. One of the story lines, is the wife's deteriorating relationship with her husband who has Alzheimers/Dementia. Her three grown up children, who have a multitude of problems of their own, think she is being selfish and too strict with him but gradually they see that their father is way beyond capable of having normal conversations etc and they begin to give their mother the support she needs. Jul xxx

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:31pm

Gardener, What great memories you have and tahnks for sharing them with us. I can see you standing on your head! Your firend sounds like what we would clal a real larrikin with a heart of gold,

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:35pm

Jul, That sounds like an interesting book but I suppose if you are living that experience it would be difficult to read. I heard on the radio about another book nonfiction about a family coping with their mother's dementia. I suppose more books are written now than 25 years ago when my mother had dementia.

Mary Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 5:46pm

Oh Gardener - your never-ending fount of stories are just wonderful. You tell them so simply, yet I can see every one so clearly. Oh, that poor dress; victim to not the fishpond, but the wire mesh. I grieve with you! And the style of your rescue of your skirt. Fabulous! And - beer down the trousers? Priceless!

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:35pm

Mary, They are wonderful stories aren't they.

The Gardener Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 8:06pm

Parties! I don't know why but an unwriiten family rule says I am banned fireworks at parties, never set fire to anything. The guy above was one of six whose wives roared off in disgust at their behaviour. Found beds somehow, then had to listen to six pathetic tales of wives who did not understand them. The bishop, after an excellent lunch, who had to drink a pint of milk to kill the alcohol fumes as he had to take a christening.

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:36pm

Are you sure this isn't a never before seen Noel Coward script??

The Gardener Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 8:09pm

Seriously - the book you mention Jul is a living drama with me and a friend same age as my kids who I am helping. Children cannot help having adifferent emotional stance from the parent . I have two sons who have spend time with us both - whilst terribly upset at the state if their Dad they are 100% with how I am coping The friend is in trouble, being torn apart like a fox with hounds - her step-father will not have professional help for her seriously demented mother.

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:38pm

Gardener, It is good you can help your friend whose step father sounds like he is in denial. Take care.

The Gardener Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 8:21pm

Her son has now decided his mother is being selfish. Her husband, quite a bit older, has had enough of it all - he got on very well with the poor mother, knows she needs professional help - if his wife goes down the martyrdom route I Fear a broken marriage. Hardest thing to do, known when you are not the right person and find the best solution in an insoluble situation. Mr G is giving me hell in spades tonight, but he is not yet ready for a home. Re children, three of mine just don't want to know - one criticising from a distance. My advisers say I MUST be strict to survive.

Leah Thu, May 26th 2016 @ 10:40pm

Gardener, It is a tangled web of emotions and relationships. You seem to navigate it with the odd bump. I hope that helping your friend is not at the expense of you own health. Take care.

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