Having a Sense of Humor--So Thankful!!

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Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

 

 

One of the best gifts my family gave me rather naturally, was to have a sense-of-humor. My parents laughed A LOT and easily, and when you are a kid who says and does odd things, you better be able to laugh at yourself or you’ll never survive adolescence, let alone adulthood (and politics)!

 

Every time I call my mom, she answers the phone in giggles. And she means it! It gets you through so many times in life when you are lonely, fit-to-be-tied, pissed off at the world for not giving you what you feel is owed to you by being born and well…just because.

 

When life kicks you in the butt, there is nothing that can change the mood faster than a good belly laugh (that can also give you better stomach muscles), a funny story (sometimes related to some stupid thing you did that your dad recalls every time you come home to visit) or a very well-written comedy.

 

It is my immediate go-to when I need to get my personal checks-in-balance regarding life.

 

Books do that, movies, or a fabulously told story by my incredibly gifted and sardonically-humored sister.

 

That, in essence, is one of the many things that my family graced me with that serve to make me a happier person.

 

And if you are currently out-of-sorts and need a good chuckle, may I suggest a recent find of mine, a book called: All Over The Place Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by one of Time’s nominated top 25 best bloggers, Geraldine DeRuiter. Wickedly-witted Geraldine is a hapless traveller who can't read maps for the life of her, but battles that and many of her neuroses with a big dose of love and sarcasm. 

 

Or a dear and favorite movie: Must Love Dogs. Been around awhile, but is sharply written and has a cast that exemplifies “ensemble acting” at its best. One of my #1 best romantic comedies. 

 

 Thank you, Debbie Reynolds, for the 12 Days of Thanksgiving Challenge! 

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Endre Barath, Jr.
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p.s.: I will have to add this book to the many that are calling me to read them:)Endre

Nov 12, 2017 11:12 PM #7
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Brian England
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I love humor as well, so I am sure that we would have a lot of laughs together, I love how the horse is laughing!

Nov 13, 2017 07:11 AM #8
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Steven Nickens
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Gayle, I love a good laugh, people are too serious sometimes.  Nothing like a good movie or book to chill and relax with a good laugh.

Nov 13, 2017 08:10 AM #9
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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Endre Barath, Jr. it's a gift you don't normally ask for at Christmas or for your birthday, huh?? (Laughter that is, not the book).

Brian England just by your eternal smile, one can tell you live with joy. That's my mule, Della. I have a card with that face on it and inside it says: YOu crack me UP!

Nov 13, 2017 08:22 AM #10
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John G. Johnston
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WOW!  Great to hear from you!  Thanks for the book referral as my wife's birthday is Thursday.  We travelled the Orygun coast this past Spring.  We were driving down from Bellingham, WA to San Francisco along the coastal highway!!!  Loved Newport and Mo's Restaurant.  Enjoy your day!  :)

 

Nov 13, 2017 08:50 AM #11
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I can't agree with you more about having a sense of humor.  And, being able to laugh at our self is a nice accompaniment!

Nov 13, 2017 08:58 AM #12
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Gayle, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Nov 13, 2017 09:00 AM #13
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Gayle luckily I do not have to ask for laughter Diane and I are laughing at our lives daily.... in all fairness I have a better sense of humor than she does... but do not tell her that:))Endre

Nov 13, 2017 10:42 AM #14
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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One of my daughter's personal mantras is Jimmy Buffet's "If we didn't  laugh we would all go insane."  

My thankful blog today also touches on the importance of keeping life fun and playful with plenty of laughter. I'm always grateful Bernie isn't afraid to be goofy. In fact, we're kind of a goofy duo. Ha. D 

Nov 13, 2017 11:13 AM #15
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Hi Gayle - You're right - this would be a bleak and unsatisfying existence without laughter, and I too am extremely thankful for that gift.

Nov 13, 2017 12:11 PM #16
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John G. Johnston she hails from Seattle, and talks about Orygun as one of her all-time favorite places, Ashland, to be exact. Hopefully she will enjoy this book as much as I have. So happy to connect!

Myrl Jeffcoat God Love Ya!! Thanks. 

Endre Barath, Jr. I promise not to tell. (My bribe money's in the mail, right??) 

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I just think of you two singing show tunes...makes me smile! (Larry could never do that...).

Dick Greenberg you supply me with great amounts of humor and I treasure you for that! (I almost put in this post something about your being one of the most humorous bloggers here but I didn't want to get too wordy.)

 

 

Nov 13, 2017 12:19 PM #17
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Steven Nickens yes to all of that! And enjoying a good storyteller...wish I had that quality! 

Nov 13, 2017 12:21 PM #18
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Ronald Curtis
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My wife always asks me,"Can't you ever be serious?" And my answer is always the same   "NO".

Nov 13, 2017 12:36 PM #19
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With that twinkle in your eye, Ronald Curtis I can see that you emanate humor and fun! Good for you. 

Nov 13, 2017 12:39 PM #20
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Gayle LOL sounds like we had the same mother! Mine was a crack up - everybody wanted to hang around her cause she'd say the funniest things and make things 'all better'!

Nov 13, 2017 01:05 PM #21
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Bruce Walter
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Gayle, now I can see where you get your appreciation for laughter and humor!  How special to have a mom like that!  Is it any wonder why so many of the legendary masters of comedy lived into their 90's and passing the century mark?

If stress is a killer; laughter is a life giver!

Enjoy this special time of the year, Gayle in your beautiful paradise!

Nov 13, 2017 03:58 PM #22
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Michael Eisenberg
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A good sense of humor will get you very far in life, Thanks for the recommendations for a good laugh.

Nov 14, 2017 05:38 PM #23
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Gayle. This is super and I agree that the ability to laugh is a real gift. Love your photo.

Dec 03, 2017 05:27 AM #24
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate ,

I'm so glad that Debbie Reynolds re-blogged this post! I love it!! I'm ordering the book it sounds delightful! My Geno is full of humor and you never know what is going to come out of his mouth!! The grandkids so love their PawPaw because he is so brutely honest with them. They come to him with so many things so he can but everything in perspective for them. A true gift and one that he shares with so many! He always gives you a name (if he doesn't..humm that's another story) and everyone giggles when he does as its always a good fit for them!

Dec 03, 2017 06:06 AM #25
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Gayle, I came over from Debbie's re-blog and I was so glad she shared your post. I missed the original and it's one everyone should read! Laughing is the best medicine for a bad day or even a sad day. I love to laugh too. You're right, growing up with parents who laugh too makes it easy to have a sense of humor.

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