Friday, April 27, 2012

Would You Like a Laugh at Dinner Tonight?

When I was about 10 my parents went to a gathering of their friends at a home where they had a daughter about my age. They were going to be there late, so the other girl and I got put to bed in the twin beds in her room. We talked a little while, but we had more fun listening to the adults.

We couldn't hear their words, but they must have been funny because there was a lot of laughter. And that's what caught our attention. 

Every time something funny was said we hear the high laugh of some of the women: Tee-hee-hee-hee!

Before that died down, the majority joined in with various pitches of chuckles: Ha ha ha ha ha!

Finally, as the others grew quiet, one man was still enjoying the humor as his deep bass voice chortled: HO HO HO HO!

You know everyone laughs distinctively.
And you know laughter is contagious.

So here's a way to start some laughter at your table tonight!

First have every one laugh like Mom.

Next ask them to laugh like Dad.

Is there someone--perhaps Great Aunt Betty or Grandpa Tom--who has a distinctive laugh? Do them next.

Ask for suggestions of who to laugh like--but don't let them make fun of people.

All of you laugh like each other. 

Have someone laugh and everyone guess who they are imitating.

Who else can you think of laughing like?

When I was in college there was a formal Christmas banquet I was invited to. Ten of us sat around our table feeling rather awkward. After too long a silence, the table next to us erupted in spontaneous laughter. Someone at our table said softly, "I wish I was at that table."

The silence grew "awkwarder".

Then my date said, "We can do better than them. On the count of three, everyone laugh....One, two, three!" We all burst out in laughter!  The awkwardness disappeared and we all found our tongues. It turned out to be a great evening.

So if your table is feeling a little tense, or you just want to brighten it, laugh a little--or a lot--tonight!

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