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Just In Time: Laughter Class!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Listening to my public radio station before going into the dentist's to have my molar pulled what should come up but Jonathan Groubert's Radio Netherland's "The State We're In." Today's show featured: "Tita Begashaw loves to laugh. In fact, she teaches people how to laugh till their sides ache."

This, she does despite (or perhaps because?) tragedy which struck within her family:

Unfortunately I don't believe the entire interview is here, because I listened to it for around 15 mins. and this is only 5 mins. long. I "believe" the entire show may be at this link:

My first reaction was skepticism. A class? On laughing? But oh my...who could resist? What a great belly laugh and "lightening up" before heading into the dentist! Going to have to hang onto this story to replay on those days when I'm just taking myself and life all too seriously!

The molar is gone. Had to bust it into a few pieces as she nearly had to put her foot on my jaw to yank it out in one! Sadly, no strenuous activities so that the socket can heal. Bye-bye workout and dancing. So I'm home and lying low.

I should have planned ahead and gotten my cardio in this morning...grrr! At least I did my strength training yesterday.

I'm already eying the forecast for Friday...mid-50's and sunny! What better way to spend "Buy Nothing Day" ( ) than to light out onto the open roads with my bike? I've already sent an invite out to my bike club to see if there might be any takers to join me.

Going to have a quiet Thanksgiving here, being careful not to have too much of or the wrong kinds of foods on hand.

Have a healthy, happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DINGALLSTOO 11/24/2011 9:27AM

    sorry about the tooth, that is a drastic way to keep you eating healthy. LOVED the laughter link. Happy Thanksgiving emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/23/2011 11:54AM

    What an effective (if unpleasant) way to ensure you won't overdo it this weekend!

Hang in there, Don!

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VALERIEMAHA 11/23/2011 10:06AM

    The morning after....

How's it going, brother? I LOVED the laughter video and story.

Here's a smile video for you (unrelated, just wonderful...and I think you can use some *wonderful* right now):

FYI: SP is being bad...the link ends after the numbers "77284."

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BILL60 11/23/2011 8:37AM

    Very contagious. Here I am laughing out loud by myself. Thanks for sharing.

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DEBRA0818 11/23/2011 8:25AM

    Laughter is the daily ingredient that keeps me feeling grateful and blessed by this crazy thing called life. I think it was a very fortuitous program for you to be listening to as you headed to the dentist! Wishing you lots of laughter in the healing as well...


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FERRETLOVER1 11/23/2011 8:09AM

    Tooth pulling can be awful, but laughter truly is the best medicine!

Have a great Thanksgiving, Don!

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L*I*T*A* 11/22/2011 11:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/22/2011 8:06PM

    Terrific concept!!

And: great timing!

The tooth removal sounds really strenuous. Yikes. All best with that recovery.

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JOY73YL 11/22/2011 6:30PM

    Ya, at first a class on Learn to Laugh took me by surprise but I only had to think about it for less then a minute and it is a GREAT IDEA.
Usually it is easy for me to laugh but there have been time it wasn't. I'd get in the car to go joy hunting or it really hurt my pride to apply for Food Stamps but I still had a teenager to feed.
I would get in the car (that was about to be repossessed). I would say to myself SMILE. I would answer myself "I don't want to" but would do a fake one anyway. I would keep this up until I was smiling and laughing at myself. Life finally got better. That was 30 years ago. Now I count my blessings most every day.
I know it sounds crazy but it worked.
My name is Joyce but I like to shorten it to Joy & try to live up it being Joyful

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MSCRISPIN 11/22/2011 6:17PM

    Laughter help tot he rhythm of your heart and has many other benefits to your health, so continue laughing. emoticon

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