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Laughter is good for the soul

Bloganuary day 7! Today’s prompt is:

What makes you laugh?

I’m seeing a trend that some of these prompts will be easier to directly relate to writing than others haha.

While I love laughter, and believe that we should all have a good laugh at least once a day, I’ve never stopped to think about “what” makes me laugh. Best I can figure is that it really depends. It depends on where I am, who I’m with, what mood I’m in and what chord a certain thing strikes.

But one thing I do know, is that I make an effort every day, which has become more of a built-in habit than a conscious effort, to make someone else laugh. There is something deeply gratifying about bringing a smile, a chuckle or a deep belly laugh to the surface of someone else.

Because of this, I find that I’ve been weaving this habit into my writing as well. I’m no comedian. If anything I’m a bit sarcastic, though apparently sarcasm is the lowest form of wit (according to the oft repeated wisdom of my grandfather who was the king of sarcasm). None-the-less, I make an effort (this one a bit more consciously) to find ways to bring humor into my writing whenever possible.

What’s really fun is when I go back to a previously written chapter and find myself laughing at a particular passage or piece of dialogue. These are words that I wrote, and for them to make me spontaneously laugh weeks or months later feels like a win.

But I don’t really feel that I can state the “what” for this prompt. To give an example would fall flat, the mood wouldn’t be set and the context would be missing. Though I will say that I prefer the actions and words that are cute and heartfelt that inspire laughter, over the dark humor and unfortunate events or stupidity that can also be a cause for laughter. Some unexpected, maybe shocking words, that come out of the mouths of babes are usually good one; or some goofy action of a beloved pet.

That’s really all I’ve got this time. Do you have better luck? Are there some very specific things that consistently make you laugh?

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