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pissing my pants

There are few things in this world I love more than laughing so hard it hurts my abs. I love practical jokes, inappropriate jokes, general foolishness, total randomness and watching people trip. I love watching babies react to eating lemons, and dogs bark at their own tails. Basically, I love anything that makes me laugh and if it makes someone else laugh too- that’s even better. It’s essentially impossible for me not to bring my sense of humor along with me, even when I’m supposed to be serious (see: every single appointment with cancer doctors).

Since I finished radiation therapy, I have been making a conscious effort to make time for things that I love with people I love, and laughing like a hyena with some of my favourite women is right up that alley. This weekend, I headed out to an improv show with some of my girlfriends. Over the last number of weeks and months, each of them has experienced significant stress; three of them have lost parents, one continues to improve her own health after cancer, one moved a sibling with dementia into an assisted living facility, another is balancing a full time career and a child under three years old, and the other one raises a family of 5 while maintaining her sobriety each and every day. Each one of these women is a freaking legend…and they’re all absolutely hilarious.

With all of the emotions and depleted energy each of us has experienced as of late, that night could have been a one-star shit parade. There were a couple of us who considered bailing because of feeling drained but at the end of the day, we all showed up and laughed. Every one of us needed that that temporary escape from the noise and the reminder that we’re not alone on this planet. We chose, as a group, to step outside of the stresses of our worlds for a couple of hours and replenish our hearts with a bit of love.

Humour and laughter are medicine. In addition to the social bond created when we laugh together and the psychological benefits that go along with that, our bodies have physiological responses to joy that have a positive affect on our physical and mental health. Life is already serious – let’s all of us be more ridiculous, please. Stop choosing to be offended and overly politically correct about everything. Watch some videos on YouTube of screaming goats or people tripping. Play some jokes. Lighten up. The world needs more laughter and stories about people pissing their pants laughing. Help be that change – go piss your pants!

love heals for reals

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