Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Gift of Laughter

It was the end of a busy (and somewhat frustrating) week - and the end of a busy day. One of my friends had invited me to join her at an "ASL coffeehouse". Translation: a bunch of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing-people-who-sign were going to meet at Panera Bread for dinner and conversation.

OH MY GOSH... What a blast! I had the most fun! Good food. Good friends. I haven't laughed so much in a long, long time. I so needed that! (On "the list", laughter stays!)

Laughter is so good for the body and the soul. It shakes up all my tightness and tension, lets the "feel good" chemicals flow, and decreases "stress" hormones. And, since Wikipedia says that "Greek researchers have found through an experiment that 10–15 minutes of laughing burn from 10 to 40 calories, which leads to a weight loss of almost 4.5 lb (2 kg) per year", I'm pretty sure I came close to burning off the cookie I ate while I was there!

The other thing that was good for me - it got me out into the deaf community. More practice with my receptive skills and an opportunity to raise my hands to communicate.

But, mostly... good friends... and much laughter!

Yea God!

Ecclesiastes 3:1,4

1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

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