Laughing Zone

Sometimes I read blogs by other mother’s that have a child (or children) with a challenge like autism and it really scares me. Living with a child that has been assessed as autistic is no walk in the park. It can be very frustrating. But, like anything else, it’s really only when you dwell on it constantly and don’t look for (at the risk of sounding sappy) the silver lining, that things begin to feel so hopeless. That last statement actually makes me feel like orphan Annie. But, it’s true. And every now and again, you have to look for ways to make yourself laugh…and this next part is the key….on purpose.

I suffered from depression for a long time-even while listening to televangelist after televangelist and sermon after sermon-before it finally sunk in that I had a lot of say in how I felt. Don’t think so? Guess again. It’s all in how you’re thinking. Whatever you’re thinking about most will eventually color your feelings and your countenance. Ever notice how when you have a habit, your body just develops a need for that habit (exercise, eating, etc.)? Your mind is the same way. If it gets addicted to a certain way of thinking, it just gets itself in a rut. Give it something else to think about. Look at some comedy. Think about something good. If nothing else, just laugh out loud-no matter how you feel. Yes, sometimes you have to do things even when you’re not feeling it in order for your mind to start getting the drift.

The bible says that a merry heart does good like a medicine (Prov. 17:22). And you know what? It’s right! Nowadays though, there’s really not enough clean humor. I think most folks are trying to get as vulgar and immoral as they can get (even though the general consensus regarding American values still frowns on it, go figure). Take for instance, cussing. Almost every movie you watch has some professional cussing going on in it. These people have this skill on lock. You can barely find one show that does it without dropping at least one bomb (at least an s- or a d-). This alone makes the pickings very slim. But there is some okay material out there. So, I try to get close enough (and pray like mad that I don’t start cussing myself, lol). House, Desperate, Secret Life. They give me some kicks. Okay…The characters have some pretty strange quirks. But they’re all pretty hilarious!

Some stuff I can find on the web, too. After I got into grad school, I also got into Twitter. There’s not enough time in the world for me to read all of the posts that are out there in Twitter World. Actually, all of them aren’t great (rolling my eyes here). But I do find it to be a good way to get some laughs here and there (and when you have as much going on as I do, you do need laughs here and there). I actually do searches for the funniest (least vulgar) ones. Still working on the least vulgar part of that search, actually. But there are a couple chuckles on there. Take this one for instance by Meeting Boy:

Four meetings today. And then later, no doubt, a meeting with my boss about how I’m not getting anything done.
6:49 AM Nov 11th from HelloTxt

Okay. If you’ve ever worked in an office setting, how can you not laugh at that? All this guy tweets about is office meetings and such. Sounds boring, but it’s not. Now, though it’s rare so far as I’ve seen, there are a few expletives…and, no, you really can’t take his advice or you could get fired. But, you can laugh at his tweets all you want. There are a couple other gems on Twitter like that too.

Make yourself laugh and do it on purpose. You’ll feel better.

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~ by babystace on November 15, 2009.

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