As Jose N. Harris said, “There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, and pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” What spectacular instructions for us all to follow! By walking away, we free ourselves from the negativity holding back our happiness. And, I am sure there is a reason why there is a saying laughter is the best medicine. The reason? Laughter helps create our happiness. It draws in positive people and positive energy that as a collective whole we grow from. It creates intimacy within our group and similar to your own dance style, we each have our own unique laugh. We can all hear an old friend’s laugh simply by closing our eyes (Susan Wiesenberg) or reminisce about how hard we laughed at a past life experience. Or maybe the experience was traumatic at the time, but now you can look back and laugh at the experience as just being a funny, good ole down home disaster!

Here in Rocky Point, we have friends and then we have those friends that we can count on 100% of the time that when we get together, one thing that is guaranteed…LAUGHTER is sure to follow. Maybe it is because most of us leave half of our sanity at the border, or because we are at the beach and when at the beach…CHILLAX and laughter follows, or possibly it is from the extra consumption of spirited beverages that most likely makes conversations even funnier, or it is because the natural beauty of Rocky Point releases our stresses allowing our truer inner happiness to exude, or simply it is because beach-lovers attract beach-lovers and we can connect better with each other allowing our laughter to flow. Whatever the reason, one thing is clear…Rocky Point is a great place to be happy and laugh.

There are many therapeutic benefits of laughter and why we should let it flow. Laughter:

*relaxes the whole body and allows our muscles to release tension

*boosts the immune system and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies

*protects our heart by improving the function of blood vessels and blood flow

*triggers the release of endorphins which provide us with an overall sense of well-being and can temporarily relieve pain

*dissolves distressing emotions…you cannot feel sad or angry when you are laughing

*allows us to see situations in a more realistic manner and reduce our chances of feeling overwhelmed

There are many ways to surround yourself with laughter. First and foremost, if you are not in Rocky Point when you are reading this, get here! Take out your calendar now and plan your next trip so that you are here and closer to life’s laughter. Surround yourself with happy photos that remind you of the good times and funny life happenings that have occurred to you in the past. One thing I like to do is to keep funny quotes or keepsakes around the house that you will find at a later date so that when you “find them” they will be sure to make you laugh again. Learn to laugh at yourself. Lord, if I took myself seriously I would surely be an unhappy guy. However, I have learned to laugh at my stumbles, fumbles and foo-pahs and the end result…a really happy guy who is so grateful for his Rocky Point family and friends that keep laughter abundant each and every day at our wonderful beach paradise!
Let us always remember to thank those around us that keep us happy and our laughter flowing. By sharing your gratitude with those around you, you are allowing the good energy to flow right back to you. So, thank you to ALL of my Rocky Point family for your laughter and amazingly-fun times and for being a wonderful part of my life. E.E. Cummings was quoted as saying, “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” And so it is and let it be…May your September be filled with spectacular days full of laughter at the best place to be of all…right her in ROCKY POINT!
Til next month, may your smile brighten the opening to a new door in your life and laughter invite more people in to see the beautiful…YOU!!! GOD BLESS!!! ADIOS AMIGOS!!!