There is no better sound in the world than the sound of my wife and my daughters laughing. One of my daily goals is make them smile and to hear them laugh every day. No matter how difficult a day may be, laughter can be a great release. If only for a moment, laughter makes the day’s troubles go away. Today, as Day 5 of our 25 Days of Giving, we focused on making others laugh.
I started my day with a few laughs with some homeless men. It was good old-fashioned trash talk that generated the biggest laughs. Seeing that group of men laugh and smile was a great way to begin the day. Throughout the day, we all looked for opportunities to be goofballs, act silly, and generate laughter in others. Laughs can be generated anywhere at any time. Laughs are had with friends and laughs are had with complete strangers. This afternoon, while sitting at a stoplight with the windows down, I cranked up the volume on Eddy Grant’s 80s classic “Electric Avenue”. I then proceeded to dance only like I can dance (to clarify that mean bad dancing). I looked over at the car next to me and man was smiling and laughing. He actually gave me a thumbs up as the light turned green. A few blocks down the street, I jammed out to Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”. My inner soul man came out a belted out the words bobbed my head. The look on the woman’s face in the car next to me was priceless. She obviously enjoyed my jam session. The girls and I continued these antics after I picked them up from school. It was a lot of fun.
Day 6 is tomorrow and we will be giving a generous tip. We encourage you to leave your waiter or waitress a little something extra as a tip. The role of restaurant server can be thankless job. Show someone that you appreciate them with a generous tip.