As I was doing some research earlier online today, I noticed this little blurb that said it was “I Love Lucy Day” today. I didn’t know there was such a day but I can’t say I find fault with the decision to celebrate Lucile Ball and her contribution to American culture.
If by chance someone in my house happens on one of those channels that features the ‘oldies’ as my clan likes to call the television shows I grew up on – and I spot a clip from an old Lucy show, I find myself drawn toward it like a magnet!
I don’t know if it is just Lucy (I absolutely loved Carol Burnett, the Marx Brothers and Mel Brooks too) but there were times when I used to watch these shows and found myself laughing so hard, that I cried.
There’s nothing like that anymore. Do I sound like my parents now, or what? But it is true. I can’t count on anything or anyone, whether online or on television, to give me the type of warm, happy feeling I used to get when I sat down to watch an episode of Soap, or when I would wake up at 2 a.m. to watch a Marx Brother’s flick before the days of On Demand or we were able to record our own programs.
Come to think of it, I miss that! I miss being able to put aside an hour or a half hour and know I’m going to laugh out loud and really see something funny. It would be a pretty good antidote for some of the added stress we all take on in our lives, don’t you think?
There is research to back up the physical benefits of laughter. Not only is distressing important, which you already know I can’t say enough about – but actually laughing and exposure to humor is really important in its own right.
I have to wonder, how many of us actually find things during the course of our days (any given 24 hour period) in which we really get a real good laugh. I know that I don’t. What is upsetting to me about this is that I used to. That must mean that I let it go without much of a fight – heck, I’ll be honest, without even realizing that it was gone at all – – – until now.
Well, what better tribute to Lucile Ball than to recommit some time of each day of my life to laughter? Anybody with me?
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Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!