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Sunday, 11 June 2017

The 52 Lists Project // Week 23

What a week it's been! I had a flying visit to Paris to spend my sister's birthday with her and my Dad mid-week (which was lovely) and since getting back have been watching all of the election chaos unfold. At the time of writing this it looks like Theresa May will be forming a minority government with the informal support of the DUP which I am not best pleased about but nevertheless I am incredibly delighted at the estimated 72% turnout among 18-24 year olds in this election. Young people are so often overlooked by politicians despite the fact that the majority of decisions made by the government affect our future the most and finally we've shown them what we can do when we put our minds to it!

Anyway, that's enough rambling about that! Today's list was a lovely topic to think about and is: "List the things that make you laugh." 

They say that laughter is the best medicine and I have to say I fully agree with that. There's nothing better than laughing so much that you have tears streaming down your face and your stomach physically aches in my opinion and I'm very lucky to be surrounded by a lot that makes me laugh. Call it an awful sense of humour or whatever you like, I'm not ashamed in the slightest because laughing is one of the greatest joys in life so here's what makes me giggle the most...

  • My friends - Being able to make me laugh (not that it's a very difficult task) is something that's absolutely essential to me in a friendship or relationship and all of my friends make me laugh whenever I'm with them. My personal favourite thing is when myself and another friend both crack up for seemingly no reason and proceed to laugh for a good two minutes uncontrollably to the point where we're just laughing at the fact that we're laughing so much. Please tell me I'm not alone in finding those moments absolutely hilarious!
  • TV shows - Sitting down and watching a funny TV show is one of the best ways to get me (and I'm sure many of you too!) laughing. There's so much out there that I could mention but my personal favourites guaranteed to have me howling are New Girl, Blackadder, Mock the Week and Fawlty Towers. Some older and some very current, they all get me cracking up!
  • Films - The scene in Just Go With It where Nick Swardson's character has to give the heimlich to a sheep kills me every single time I watch it. I'm sure that makes no sense if you haven't seen the film but if you haven't it's worth it just for that scene! The other two films that sprang to mind which always make me giggle are The Hangover and We're the Millers.
  • Comedians - Of course, it would be impossible to make a list of things that make me laugh without including some people whose job is literally to make people laugh. My absolute favourite comedians have to be Sara Pascoe, Richard Ayoade, Josh Widdicombe, Romesh Ranganathan, David Mitchell and Jack Whitehall. I saw Jack Whitehall live in February and I genuinely spent most of the show crying with laughter it was so good. I know he's not everyone's cup of tea but I find him absolutely hilarious. 
  • Political memes - Especially in this general election campaign as well as Donald Trump memes, these just kill me they're so funny. 
  • Awful jokes - As I've said above, I don't exactly have the most sophisticated sense of humour shall we say and, while not every awful joke gets me, some very simple and probably unfunny to most people jokes really have me laughing on many occasions. 
  • Myself - Along the same lines, I find myself absolutely hilarious. Guaranteed I'll be caught multiple times a week just giggling to myself and probably nine times out of ten it will be because I've made myself laugh. Guilty as charged.
  • Buni - My Grandma (I call her Buni because in Romanian Grandma is Bunica and apparently that was too long for me when I was little!) is one of the funniest people I know. You might not expect it looking at her but she majorly cracks me up on a regular basis. I think that's partly why she's so funny; when you look at her you'd never expect her to come out with some of the things that she does but from her Boris Johnson impression to her Victoria Beckham impression, she never fails to make me laugh and I love her for it so much. 

I could go on but I'll leave it there! Writing this post has left me with a big grin on my face so please do let me know what makes you laugh and whether you too have watched Just Go With It multiple times just for that scene... 

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