When i was a little girl I loved the movie Mary Poppins, especially when she sings the song, "I Love To Laugh." I remember many times when my mom would just start singing that song and imitating some of the laughs to ease the moment for us kids. Laughter is just something that I have always had in my life, and I am so grateful for that because it has really helped me through some hard times. Growing up I shared a room with my three wonderful sisters. My oldest sister and I slept on top bunks and they were right next to each other, there were many nights when we would just start laughing for no reason at all, hearing the other laugh just made us laugh more, and then when someone would ask us why we were laughing we would laugh even harder! Christmas Eve my sister Aasha always either sleeps in my bed or we sleep on the floor together and there have been many Christmas Eve's where we did not sleep at all because we couldn't stop laughing! Christmas of 2011 we were laying on my little twin size mattress laughing up a storm and it got to the point where it hurt we were laughing so hard, and that made us laugh even more, My parents had to keep coming into our room to check on us just to make sure we were OK and to ask us to quiet down, which of course just made us laugh more.. 
     This last August I stayed with my sister and brother in law for three weeks before I moved into my college dorm. I was a little homesick, with it being my first time away from home and being nervous for school to start; Aasha was having a rough time because Jake had been away all week hunting with our Grandpa and this was their first time apart since they have been married. Being the amazing person she is she suggested we have a little fun to lift the melancholy mood. We went out and bought a box of Heath Vanilla Ice Cream, borrowed the movie Mrs. Congeniality from our Grandma and sat right in the middle of the living room floor eating the ice cream right out of the box. By the end of the night we were so full of ice cream, tired from laughing so much and my jeans were covered in melted ice cream- somehow Aasha's pants stayed clean through this whole ordeal.
(just click on the pictures to enlarge- feel free to laugh at these pics because they totally get me rolling!)
     Hugh Sidey once said, "A sense of humor.... is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life."  Bill Cosby said, "Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it."  And Charlie Chaplin gave this great quote, "A day without laughter is a day wasted." 
     I love these three quotes, especially when put together. Laughing is indeed one of the best pieces of armor that we can put on each day to help protect us from "the worst blows that life delivers" , it brings us joy among all the stresses of life and can help you survive a day that you don't feel is worth finishing out. In my life I find myself getting so caught up in the little things, (I'm a bit of a perfectionist.... OK I'm a lot of a perfectionist) I allow myself to get so weighed down that I don't remember to enjoy life, to smile, to have fun and laugh- this is dangerous. So I challenge you to schedule laughter everyday. Allow yourself to enjoy life and the little blessings it has to offer. God created this wonderful earth to enjoy and he gave us the Great Plan of Happiness so we can be happy. Let us not forget that laughter makes the soul younger, eases the stresses of life and gives you energy to carry on. I promise that if you incorporate laughter into your everyday  you will push off the wrinkles and you will wake each day ready for some more. You will find yourself coping easier with the hardships of life and people will enjoy being around you more. Laughter is an essential part of our lives and its one of the best tools God has given us to put a smile on our faces.


Mom
10/8/2012 09:40:32

I love your post Kayla, it brought back many wonderful memories. Laughter is a gift from God, that is far to often taken for granted. Thanks for you post. Love ya! Mom

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    Kayla Morrill

    I am so glad that you are visiting my blog!!!! I have created this blog in hopes to uplift women from all backgrounds and remind you that you are a daughter of a Heavenly King, you have a divine heritage and you have the potential to do many marvelous things in this life as well as the life to come.. I believe in the worth of women and I want all women to embrace life and recognize the blessing that they are.

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