I used to think trials had to be serious things. Often my cases involve patients with catastrophic injuries–brain damage, paralysis, and death. Always, the cases are vitally important to my clients. Theses are doctors who went to school and studied and trained to help people. Now they are accused of hurting. It’s serious business.

And yet–we have to find space for laughter. I’ve learned that even in the depths of conflict or sorrow, there is room for laughter. It reminds me of the Mary Tyler Moore show where she gets the giggles at the funeral. Sometimes we just have to laugh and the laughter finds us. Other times, we have to go looking for the laughter. Don’t forget to do so.

Laughing is good for you. The benefits are physical, emotional, and spiritual. Laughter creates connections. Laughter even helps us learn.

TODAY’S CHALLENGE–TRY TO FIND LAUGHTER You could try thinking of it like a scavenger hunt and challenge yourself to find laughter where it is hiding. I find that if I start my day by asking myself where I’ll find the laughter, and then end the day noting where it was found, I am much more likely to find it. What you focus on does grow. Focus on laughter today, and let us know where you found it!

And please continue to share–both your thoughts, and the challenge itself. The more we share the more we grow.


  1. Sometimes I’m feeling too upset to notice laughter. Here’s an example of not laughter, but a compliment. We were street-parked outside of Walmart (Chicago), and our car wouldn’t start. My head started to fill with images of tow trucks, looking to see if our insurance covers towing, what could be wrong, what will it cost, and various other upsetness-building thoughts.

    I went into Walmart to ask if they have motor oil. The customer service woman, not knowing how badly my day is going said to me, “I love your skirt.” I felt like not responding and giving an upset face just to let her know I ‘m in no mood for compliments, and how could I be? My car won’t start.

    Instead, I forgot my woes. I smiled and thanked her. She smiled back – a big genuine smile. Honestly, it helped me bear her answer, “No. We don’t have motor oil. We are a food store.” The day became brighter, and the car started!

    George, our building engineer is now doing research after we eliminated ourselves from the list of contenders for “the problem causers.” Today I told him about a new twist. I said, “I awoke and tried the hot water at 1am, and it was hot!” Never in the daytime is it hot.

    His response, “I heard that cold showers keep you young! I’m researching the problem, though, anyway.”

    To him, I noted that he’d discovered my secret.

    I will look for more laughing moments.

  2. Since I was Cubmaster when my eldest was in elementary school, I have worked on spreading laughter. Usually it was a groan, but often that was after the boys caught themselves laughing. I still try to make people giggle or guffaw in just some little way. #FridayFunny is one of my favorite posts even if they are just #DadJokes

    I also tell my wife when – when she truly laughs – it makes my heart smile.

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