wings and things

Gelotology – the study of laughter

on August 20, 2012

Today I discovered that I am just as skilled at laughing as I am at crying, so I googled ‘laughing’ and found another new word!

Today I told Anthony that I had rung the taxi company to get the money back for the unnecessary second trip yesterday and we would be reimbursed, but all he could say was, “I didn’t like the way that taxi driver put his arm around you.” I couldn’t stop laughing.

Today I wrote a blogpost about being nagged by Ming, our 18-year-old son and the first thing he said when he got home from music school was, “What’s this dirt on the carpet? You came inside with your boots on didn’t you.” I couldn’t stop laughing.

Today, one of our roosters, Tina Turner, who has taken over the whole chook harem, attacked me more viciously than ever before when I went to feed the hens. He drew blood! Well, I kicked him in self-defense and he somersaulted in the air. I couldn’t stop laughing (it’s okay, he is fine as you can see – he loves to dance on that table!)

Today I rang the guy who has repaired our nearly dead ute (truck) and explained why we still hadn’t picked it up and he started singing a refrain from that song ‘Julie, Julie, Julie, do you love me?’

I couldn’t stop laughing!

56 responses to “Gelotology – the study of laughter

  1. viveka says:

    Wonderful … laughter and singing …. and a half mad rooster dancing on the table – he probably needed a good kick. *smile

  2. Why don’t you have a camera when you need one! The thought of Tina flying somersaults is just too good. Perhaps you could put the bird park on CCTV and we’d all be happy ever after. Great to hear about your laughter.

  3. Glad you had some good laughs! Gelotology is an interesting word, isn’t it?

  4. Robyn Lee says:

    You have one interesting existence Julie!! Never a dull moment 🙂 I love that your husband still has that loving jealousy thing going on, and Ming likes things clean… and that you can still seriously laugh despite all the ick ~ well and i just love u! xo

  5. tootlepedal says:

    A good post to read. Thank you for cheering me up.

  6. that is a much better thing – laughter – though I do find tears wash away troubles

  7. camsgranny says:

    Laughter is GREAT medicine, I imagine Tina needed a good swift kick, 🙂

  8. terry1954 says:

    if i started laughing at all the stupid things life, people, and myself, do, i would be considered insane! lol, but for me, i am trying to make a medium of laughter and tears, that has to work better than anything else. good for you JUlie, i am glad u can laugh and are…….

    • jmgoyder says:

      I know exactly what you mean, Terry, and I have been trying to write something about contentment which seems like a boring thing but it is right between the tears and the laughter. How are you my friend?

  9. Judith Post says:

    A good, healthy response! Glad your laughter’s back.

  10. bulldogsturf says:

    They say that laughter cures all ailments… well I wouldn’t go that far my wife still has cancer, and she laughs the whole time… (well you would too if you were married to me) .. but what I can say is laughter goes a long way to aiding the bad times… An Aussie always laughs at everything… Like us… (WLITFOA) “We laugh in the face of adversity… ” If a rooster attacked me it would be on a dinner plate faster than it could say cock-a-doodle-do…

  11. victoriaaphotography says:

    Laughter’s the best medicine. Nothing like a good belly laugh to relieve pain and/or tension.

    Couldn’t help but notice Robyn used that word ‘ick’ in her comment. My American penfriend uses that word too. I’ve never heard of it before.

    (and I’m planning on reporting you to the ‘Cruelty to Roosters’ police – so i hope you didn’t leave a footprint on Tina’s breast feathers – that’s incriminating evidence).

    Big Grin…….

  12. dcwisdom says:

    Tina Turner met his match! 🙂 Hey, Julie, my dad used to hallucinate that Mom was having sex on the couch with a Mexican. He would get so irate with Mom and stay mad for days. Actually, Mom would be in the kitchen cooking or something like that. It was hilarious but awful. Many times I had to assure him that he was hallucinating things (like little children behind the furniture).
    Yes, Anthony was jealous of that comforting gesture. I guess the good thing is that he won’t remember it very long.
    I’m on my way to paint at the library. The board is updating the conference room, and one member just called to see where I am. Better scoot.
    Later, gator.

  13. Good to hear. And that is precisely why I hate roosters. I’d have kicked him too.

    You’ll have to play the old song, “Laughing” by the Guess Who.

  14. Rhonda says:

    very funny if not a bit on the hysterical side, which can be good to. the times in between…the calm before the storm, whether laughing or crying, both can produce rain down the cheeks. and both are good for the soul. today…a storm of laughter!

  15. sbcallahan says:

    of course the research shows that laughing actually heals us by re-generating our cells faster. probably explains why i am still here:) so glad to hear that you are having some laughs and healing your heart!

  16. Tammy says:

    LOVE this! What an upper-thanks for sharing, Julie!

  17. Laughter is good, so long as it’s not borderline hysterical 😀

  18. You put a lasting smile on my face – you and Tina Turner!

  19. We don’t study laughter enough. We need the emotional release. But somehow we think drama is a more real, more valid emotion.

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