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Mary Poppins in Las Vegas? Spread Holiday Laughter and Cheer

By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Gosh darn it, it is time to have some fun.

I happened upon one of my all time favorite movies, Mary Poppins, the other day, just as Uncle Albert (Ed Wynn) and Bert (Dick Van Dyke) were floating to the ceiling in a wave of giggles singing the classic song, “I Love to laugh.”

I love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
I love to laugh
It's getting worse ev'ry year

The more I laugh
The more I fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more I'm a merrier me

It filled me with so much joy and reminded me how much we all need a good laugh, especially when in the throes of the holiday season.

Las Vegas is a fun town, but you will always have those days when everything that can go wrong does go wrong.

Just shopping and preparing for the holidays and family visits, it is very easy to get frustrated, bent out of shape, and lose your sense of humor. There are a lot of things that can lead us down a bumpy, grumpy path. But there is one thing that can snap us out of it in a nanosecond: Laughter.

You can do it with anyone safely, and it’s mess free, drug free and it doesn’t require a wedding planner. A good laugh alleviates tension and makes you feel good all over.

Laughter is like medicine.

Studies show that when we laugh, physiologically, it is impossible to be depressed or sad. Like a quick fix of fun and an easy to access mood elevator, it helps uplift us and heals us. Even if you are not in the mood to laugh, the act of laughing will make you laugh. Then you can see there is an entire world around you just waiting to give you a good hoot, and to point out the hilarity of being divinely human.

We all need comical relief and time out from stress. Add a little humor to the holiday shopping-and-stress season, and we uplift ourselves – and our friends and family.

If you have been taking yourself too seriously, and are finding yourself humor deprived and stressed by the holiday season, it is time to have a good chuckle. Laugher brings sunshine and a new perspective into your life. No matter how bad things get, or how awful they may seem, your world can change with the simple move of your facial muscles – a slight twitch of your lips that starts as a smile and grows into a big, loud, hilarious laugh.

So, this holiday season, share laughter and light with family, friends and co-workers. Start a good mood virus. Take responsibility for spreading good cheer. Just as our bad moods can be contagious, our good moods can pave the way for many miles of smiles. If we smile, people smile back; if we laugh, they chuckle too!

© 2006, Reverend Laurie Sue Brockway

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is one of New York's leading interfaith and non-denominational wedding officiants. She creates unique ceremonies for couples of all backgrounds and faiths, and is also widely recognized as a bridal stress expert and columnist. She is author of WEDDING GODDESS: A Divine Guide To Transforming Wedding Stress into Wedding Bliss (Perigee Books, May 2005). Visit Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway at www.WeddingGoddessWisdom.com.

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