Have you laughed today? I recently heard a statistic that, while quite frankly isn’t surprising, it is, at least to me, sad.
And that statistic?
Kids laugh 3-500 times a day….
Adults? A paltry 5 times a day…..
Is there any wonder why the world seems to be a stressed to the max, over-worked, uptight and ornery group of people most of the time?
Is there any wonder why the illness rate is rising?
My husband and I have long known that humor and laughter is the best medicine. It is free, you don’t have to have insurance, you don’t need a prescription and most of all – it’s fun! We watch cartoons like Kung Fu Panda and most recently, Monsters vs. Aliens.
My favorite in Monsters vs. Aliens is “Bob”, the one-eyed blue blob, who in my opinion is the funniest and makes everyone (even in the cartoon itself) laugh. So, when I recently had my chemo-induced neuropathy foot surgery, they had to pin 3 toes. When I awoke from surgery, I looked at my foot, only to notice I had 3 “Bob’s”, looking at me. (They were the caps to the pins.)
When they removed the pins, I asked the doctor if I could have my “Bob’s”. He gave me a quizical look. After explaining who “Bob” was, he shook his head, and guess what? He got a smirky grin and laughed. Mission accomplished!! (BTW my husband is going to make a foot replica so we can make it look like what you see in the photo so when I speak, if I’m not getting people to laugh …well – you get the picuture (groan – or is that a smirking laugh I just heard across the cyber waves?!)
So this Memorial Day weekend, remember our fallen comrades who fought so valiantly to keep this country free and to thank those who continue to fight and work to keep us the “home of the brave”. But don’t forget to laugh as well – bringing a smile to those we love and for those who serve.
It’s ok to be a Toys “R” Us® Kid – who says you have to “grow up”?
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.