Getting Real with Trisha: On Laughing

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I think if you’ve glimpsed at, resided in and intimately known well some forms of hell on earth, laughter … laughing, is a balm for the wounds that seep in deep.

By Trisha Baptie | Twitter: @trisha_baptie


Quite possibly my fave activity is …  laughing.

For me it feels like the most natural thing to do, like breathing. It’s involuntary and a requirement for living and an excellent window into how I am doing that day, in a situation, in general. I notice if I don’t do it, my heart feels heavy, my mouth feels like it’s lacking some form of exercise. My soul–well, my soul feels like a chocolate cake without cocoa. Which is to say it’s no longer a chocolate cake; it’s not what it should be.

Healing Powers

I think if you’ve glimpsed at, resided in and intimately known well some forms of hell on earth, laughter … laughing, is a balm for the wounds that seep in deep.

I don’t mean cheap laughter; I’m not a cheap laughs kinda gal.

I also don’t mean the raunchy humor that is so prolific nowadays, based on sex, degradation of women or someone being stoned. That is cheap humor; knock- off humor that has no substance. No depth. No lasting benefit.

Oh, but to sit at a table with friends, loved ones, allies and have a laugh that is truly a under-appreciated form of therapy, a form of bonding that grows deep roots. For me, having the same sense of humor as someone can make or break a relationship.

I am a huge fan of political humor. Think Colbert and Rick Mercer.

I love humor that pokes fun at pop culture:

It’s hard to find a stand-up comedian to just sit and veg to. So many rely on cuss words as the main dish, rather than a condiment to be peppered on lightly, if at all. I truly enjoy Canada’s own Russell Peters, although as of late the way he peppers his shows with porn references as if that were normal and OK, gets my back up. But if you’re a child with immigrant parent(s) that beat you (my hand goes up), there is no one funnier to describe it.

Is it right?

Nope, not saying that.

But there is a feeling of being understood, identifying with something larger than you when you can hear someone share similar experiences and laugh.

We live in a world that can threaten to swallow us mind, body and soul whole. To me, laughter stops that from happening. Laughter is like kryptonite against the worst form of apathy.

Now I am not talking about laughing AT people. Well, maybe but only when appropriate ;0)

But laughter that comes from your pinky toe and follows your soul straight outta yo’ mouth. Now that … that … is living.

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What about you?

  • What makes you laugh?
  • When was the last time you had a good belly rip with a friend?

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About Trisha
Trisha Baptie is Executive Director of Honour Consulting and founding member of EVE (formerly Exploited Voices now Educating). In 2008 she won BC’s Courage to Come Back Award for her bravery in transitioning to a healthier lifestyle, for giving the murdered women of Vancouver a voice through her trial coverage of Vancouver’s serial killer and for her ongoing activism. Follow Trisha’s tweets at @trisha_baptie or friend her on facebook. She recently founded EVE (formerly Exploited Voices Now Educating.)

Image credit: LAUGHING GIRL © Ashleigh Ravenall | Dreamstime.com

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I like soggy cereal and I would like to go to every spot on the map of the earth to meet our world’s women. I dream of a world where no women or girls are for sale. I dream of a world where women and men are partners in doing the work that brings down a new Heaven on earth. My word last year was “roar” and I learned it’s not about my voice rising as much as it is about our collective voices rising in unison to bring down walls of injustice. This year, my own word is “soar.” I have three children and this place–right here, called shelovesmagazine.com–is my fourth baby. I am African, although my skin colour doesn’t tell you that story. I am also a little bit Chinese, because my heart lives there amongst the tall skyscrapers of Taipei and the mountains of Chiufen. Give me sweet chai and I think I’m in heaven. I live in Vancouver, Canada and I pledged my heart to Scott 11 years ago. I believe in kindness and calling out the song in each other’s hearts. I also believe that Love covers–my gaps, my mistakes and the distances between us. I blog at idelette.com and tweet @idelette.
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  • Kelley Johnson Nikondeha

    Trisha, you made me laugh today! I laugh most with Claude, my husband, because it is the best way to connect and get some perspective on our shared life! But I’ve had some great laughs with Tina lately… witty girl! My kids make me laugh all the time – what they notice, what they are willing to say, and if I let my guard down long enough I can dissolve into silly laughter with them!

  • Trisha, I can’t tell you how much I needed this right now… my brain was getting bogged down with confusing, misleading negatives… sometimes real laughter wipes out the foolishness that’s in my head and helps me get my mind back to what really matters.

    I love you. That is all.

  • Trisha, I love you!! Thanks for this post, it reminded me that humour is a great way to de-stress and to remember not to take things seriously.

    Things that make me laugh: inside jokes with friends, quoting funny things from TV shows or Youtube videos and having people get it, almost anyone who makes fun of politicians, and pop culture humour.