We did an experiment the other day and I am 100% positive that it's true - laughter is the best medicine. Or preventative medicine. And it is truly contagious.
My 13 year old and I were driving home and stopped at a light. A train was passing on our right. She said, "Wouldn't it be funny if you turned right?!" and buckles over in laughter. I'm all, "dude, that's not funny and how do you laugh like that? I wish I should laugh like that." This came with the realization lately that I don't laugh much. I mean, I might even go days without laughing. Sometimes I force myself to watch standup comedy over Walking Dead (right Walking Dead is a totally wise choice when you're bordering on depression). This usually happens in winter.
So what I did was, I forced myself to laugh with her. My forced laughter made her laugh more and we just laughed all the way home. I have a tendency to go into Will Farrell's impersonation of Harry Carry. I have no idea why but I think I'm pretty good at it. I take the voice and put a laughing twist on it. So the next morning, grumpy as usual, I have to get up and drive kids to school and I hate morning. I mean I'm really a bitch before coffee. We have this new-ish rule that Chris and the kids get up, do the coffee and breakfast stuff, and lunches if I hadn't made them the night before, then he takes 13 to school by 7:25. I wait until the last minute to take 9 down to his school by 7:45. I literally roll out, throw on pants and glasses and go. Sometimes eyebrows but that's another story altogether.
This particular day I needed to get up earlier and that makes me grumpier. I go into the kitchen for coffee and start bossing them around as usual. I'm literally like a drill sergeant. In the midst i say out loud, "Well at least I'm not Fiona on Shameless. She's only 21 and has like 6 kids to deal with every morning and zero money. Surely I can handle two." Then, when Chris said something that rubbed me the wrong way I remembered the forced laughter from yesterday and I just broke out into it. If you say everything in a Harry Carry voice and laugh while you're doing it, the people around you can't help but laugh too. We all just stood around in the kitchen laughing like psychos. We drove the kids to school together and embarrassed them out the windows when we dropped them off. It was epic. I felt like a hundred bucks. (ha ha ha). Chris said, "I think you're onto something Rho!" So anytime the rest of the day I got pissed off I just started laughing. This shit really works.