For at least the past year, maybe more, I have been obsessed with watching Criminal Minds. I discovered it after I got TV transmission after about 4 years without. In case you are not aware, the series deals with many horrendous serial murders, accompanied by graphic scenes, grisly crimes, and people, usually women, being tortured and dismembered. There is lots of blood!
To make matters worse, every Tuesday it plays one episode after another for at least twelve hours. It is like a marathon that I cannot turn away from. So, oftentimes Tuesday is a do-nothing day. It leaves me numb.
Other days I watch Law and Order Without a Trace, Cold Case as often as it plays.
I had already written this post about laughter and then saw the news that laughter lowers high blood pressure. Was that not news several years ago?
My usual fare when it was on TV or in syndication was: Alf, Third Rock from the Sun, M*A*S*H, Frazier, Cheers, Monk, Friends, Andy Griffith, Laverne and Shirley, and probably a few more I cannot remember.
I cannot watch Chicago Fire because I witnessed my house burn to the ground when I was four. I was sleepless after an episode. Grimm just terrifies me. I hate Office. Sorry, don't think it is remotely funny.
Reader's Digest has a feature--Laughter is the Best Medicine. It turns out this is true. I am not talking about laughter that makes fun of people is cruel or harsh.
The Mayo Clinic tells us how laughter is good for health. A few ways: relieves stress, lowers blood pressure and more, improves immune system, relieves depression, etc. The Discovery Channel discusses laughter Here. My last blood pressure reading was 145/57, but I want to keep it low, if not lower my blood pressure. Who could not benefit from these results of laughter?
Usually, there are people in my life, friends and acquaintances, mostly friends, who say that they laugh more with me than anyone else they know, that they feel better even though exhausted when we finally calm down because of hours of laughter.
My mother was a master of telling jokes and funny stories, only good, clean jokes or stories. My father was not a joke or funny story teller, well not like my mother. He might tell a funny story but not a joke that I ever remember. Maybe I got her gift. Right now, I feel I have not been so funny or had good laughs with others. Or, that I need to watch more laughter...something.
My mother and we three girls would close the kitchen door and dissolve in laughter over just about anything. The four of us would be in tears usually from ribbing each other or from scenarios we would imagine for whatever we were discussing. So, I do have a great capacity for laughter and finding anything funny.
Two of my friends with whom I laughed died. Another two have been cruel about my disability. Others moved.
I am going to limit my viewing of Criminal Minds and try to focus on TV viewing that is more about laughter than angst.
My DVD player has lost its cord or something, so I cannot play funny things on it. I can only afford limited TV, so there are few choices for me.
What place in your life does laughter have? Do you ever get too much seriously grave TV? What comedy do you watch on TV?