This article was updated November 1, 2017
Clowns of the bush
Galahs always make me laugh.
These birds are the clowns of the bush. You might ﬁnd them in cosy couples or large noisy family groups. Unlike their timid cousins, the dainty rosellas or the vivid king parrots, galahs are quite comfortable with people.
A couple of galahs regularly raise their nestlings in a nearby gumtree. And there are a few that systematically work through my 'lawn' looking for grass seeds. I've seen them hanging upside-down in the trees during a rain burst or throwing themselves down on the ground to ﬂap around in the dust. Yes, they're totally uninhibited.
But they love the wind!
When our kids were young, our house was surrounded by wide, open paddocks. At times, the wind would whip across the open area and swirl around the house.
We'd sit outside and watch the galahs.
They'd take turns ﬂying hard and fast around the house until they hit the oncoming gusts of wind. It would send them twisting and spinning back and up into the air.
I don't really know what noise a galah makes when it's laughing. But the raucous noise of those comic galahs must surely have been them doubling up in laughter and egging-on their mates!
It seems to me that my favourite family memories include laughter, maybe because we do it so much. I'm not talking about laughing at someone or using it to embarrass or upset someone else. I mean laughter and fun times that the whole family shares. What about you?
Do you have wonderful memories of your family enjoying a joke, a pun, a funny movie, or the humour of a shared situation or experience?
Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends.
Humour and laughter help us remember, especially those times when we were enjoying ourselves. It also helps us relax and play. But there are other recorded benefits of laughter.
Studies show that laughter contributes to people living longer, being more creative and productive and having more energy. Another big plus is the health benefits: a decreased blood pressure, an increase in heart rate and respiration, a decline in depression and the body releases endorphins. With all of that going for it, who wouldn't want to laugh more?
But other studies show that, on average, a baby laughs nearly 200 times a day while an adult laughs merely 12 times.
So.. how do you include more laughter in your day? Again, start looking for those funny moments, even if it's the antics of galahs and other birds and animals. You can find plenty of video clips about funny dogs and cats on YouTube. Share them with your grandkids and you'll find yourselves rolling around laughing at their antics. The kids will enjoy it so much they'll be looking for funny experiences to share with you.
(I've included one below to start you off.)
And, if you still needing more humour to share with your grandkids, try a joke book. I send my oldest grandson a weekly hit of jokes and riddles. Sure... he generally groans but the next moment he's regaling me with a good joke that he's heard recently or trying my jokes out on his parents.
These small laughter-filled moments may seem insignificant, but they build a legacy of fun and delight in the lives of your family. Have a good laugh and enjoy the moment.
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I've decided to accept the 31Day blogging challenge with my own focus for the month: falling in love with small moments.