Laugh 'til your sides ache

"Trouble came knocking, but hearing laughter hurried away."

When was the last time you had a good laugh? I'm lucky; I take after my dad, who had a wonderful sense of humor and a playful, mischievous side, and I love a good bellyaching laugh. Last week, I went through an ordeal with my cat; he was gravely ill and we almost lost him, but he miraculously recovered. Needless to say, it was a grim week for our family and there wasn't a lot of laughter, or even smiles for that matter. That's why when, a cousin posted a bad lip reading video on Facebook the other night, I laughed until I cried. True, our cat was almost back to normal and the laughter came more easily, but it had still been too long since I'd laughed like that. I'm a sports lover, especially football, and the video featured these big, burly pro football players saying these hilarious things and having ridiculous conversations in different voices. And the more I watch it, the funnier it gets. Today, why not focus on the positive and find laughter, even if you have to go looking for it. It releases those feel-good chemicals and will improve your day, I guarantee it.

In honor of my little fighter, today I'm posting a pic of Stormy instead of a piece of artwork. Here's to laughter!