Is Laughter Really The Best Medicine?

Posted: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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“Sanford emergency.”
“Yes, this is Linda Lund.  I think my husband needs an ambulance.”
“What’s wrong?”
“Well, I’d rather not say.”
“Please..we have to know the nature of his affliction.”
“It’s kind of embarrassing.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, we were watching America’s Funniest Home Videos and when a fat lady tried to break a balloon against a fat guys butt, my husband started laughing so hard he fainted…oh, he’s coming around now. Are you alright honey?  Okay, I guess he’ll be fine..sorry to bother you.”
Just about everything above is true..except the 911 call. Oh, and I really didn’t faint but I DID laugh so hard I started coughing and felt like I might pass out. (apparently I’m still not fully recovered from 40 years of Marlboros.)
Aside from that, it felt great to laugh out loud..especially with Linda who, in spite of being married to me, is one of the happiest people I know. In fact, it was her smile that won me over nearly 30 years ago and has continued to refresh my life every day since.
I don‘t know why I’m not a happier person.  Aside from a few bumps and sidetracks in my personal life over the years (and who hasn’t had those?) I’ve had a wonderful time and been extremely fortunate with a terrific family and career.  
Recently, after a couple of liquid refreshments at the 19th hole, one of my golf buddies said, “Lund, you’re way too serious.”   I don’t know about being “too” serious..I do have quite a few laughs with the guys but it’s true that I’m not as jovial as some. In fact, I tend to be suspicious of  people who walk around with a big grin and in a good mood all the time.  
Even though the scriptures tell us to have faith and leave the worrying to God..I probably worry too much about things. Things like being overweight. Biblical contradictions, (Once saved always saved?  Do good works help you get to heaven?) Losing all our hard-earned retirement investments while trillions are being thrown down the drain on a stupid war we shouldn’t have gotten into and can’t get out of.Gasoline prices that have gotten so out of hand that we now think $3.49 a gallon is a bargain worth lining up at the pumps for.The idiotic running mate choices of the two presidential candidates.The real truth about global warming and the energy crisis.What kind of world will we leave for our grandchildren?And, who’s going to fix the holes in my yard caused by huge falling branches from the cottonwood tree removed by our neighbors?
I know, lots of people fret about such things but I seem to wear worries on my sleeve. I’m not sure what to do about it.
Oh, oh..Linda just reminded me that I forgot to take my Prozac. Later we’re going to catch a re-run of AFV. It’s the one where the little kid sneezes on her birthday cake and puts the candles out and the old guy whose pants fall down at a wedding dance. Now that’s funny stuff right there.So is this. Have a HAPPY day!

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