Twin giggles

I have heard it said, Laughter is the best medicine.

I call it  ‘laugh therapy’.

Research has claimed it reduces the cortisol level-which is a hormone that can cause destruction of neurons-and increases the levels of endorphins and dopamine-which provide a sense of pleasure and reward. ( dated April 28, 2014) Those are a lot of words that basically say:

It is good to laugh.         It makes you feel better.        It reduces stress.      It lightens the load.

That is one of the wonderful things about being a twin. We laugh together. We get each other’s humor. We don’t have to explain the joke.

The day I was moving into my new little cottage house, my boyfriend came over to help me set things up. My twin and her husband came as well. They had not met Joe yet, but they had heard plenty about each other. I might mention that Joe is an engineer. He plans, builds and is responsible for the safety of people as they enter into what he created. He takes his job seriously, and always carries a measuring tape.

My twin and I ‘eye ball’ the wall when we put up a picture. Consequently, behind most paintings hanging on our walls will be multiple miss-placed nail holes. We figured, it didn’t matter-the holes were behind the picture!

So when the time came to put up the paintings in the new house, Joe reached for his measuring tape. My twin and I began to giggle. Our giggle burst into laughter. What we instinctively understood, was the value of measuring, and the in-efficiency of ‘eye balling’. Yet we continued the old ‘eye ball’ method for many years; despite the injury to our walls. It is fun to laugh together. But we have learned that we often have to explain our humor to others. I immediately let Joe know that we were not laughing at him, but at each other. How appropriate to use a measuring tape. We just never thought of it!

I have learned to use a measuring tape. It is a very efficient little tool. I bet an engineer designed it.

When life gets too challenging, we need a twin fix. A time to get away with each other. We give each other energy. One way we do it, is through laughter. The great thing is, we really don’t need any particular reason to laugh. One will begin to laugh because the other one is. Or because we had the same thought, or we had the same ‘look’, or we simply were tired of being sad.

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.”   Bill Cosby

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”  William Shakespeare