Sobriety and Laughter – A Thought For Today


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Today I thought back to the early days of my sobriety, when practically everything seemed difficult. I remember thinking that I found it hard to laugh. This may sound strange but seriously, it was not easy for me to laugh naturally. For so long, my laughs were spurred by being tipsy or drunk, it is easy to laugh when you are in that state. But, when I got sober, laughter was not easy.

I can remember specific times when I laughed out loud about something, I surprised myself, I would feel like ‘wow, that was really funny and I haven’t even had a drink’.

Alcohol had numbed my senses to the point that I rarely laughed when sober.  Today, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I love to laugh, I laugh often about all kinds of things and with many different people. Fortunately, the longer I stayed sober, the more I laughed.

Alcohol had robbed me of the natural ability to laugh and see the humor in every day life.

Thank God for my sobriety.

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8 thoughts on “Sobriety and Laughter – A Thought For Today

  1. I have lived this moment that you are talking about!!!! I’m so amazed at the similarities we share about sobriety! I am loving your sobriety blogs! Love them!!! How old are you?

  2. Hi Jennifer!
    Congratulations on your sobriety. The first year is crazy, the second year is much easier.
    I am so pleased that you enjoy the blog posts. Half the time I wonder if I make any sense so it is good to hear some positive feedback!
    I am in my mid thirties, what about you?
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Madison

  3. Hi Madison
    I’m 36 and my 1 year anniversary of sobriety is in 2 days. I am really looking forward to this 2nd year because just like you have said, the 1st year is hell. It’s been so up and down. Yes, life is much better with not having that pit in your stomach the next morning etc. I just look forward to not trying to figure people out, being overly sensitive etc. My personality is one that is “all or nothing” so that can be difficult at times so I’m learning that moderation in all aspects is very important. I no longer crave the taste but I won’t lie, I crave my feelings being numb like they used to be. I don’t know about you, but I’m amazed at all the anger that such a “happy go lucky” person like myself has. Each day I am slowly learning to let go and release. Like I said before, your blog is amazing and I feel like I am reading my own thoughts, so thank you!

  4. We are similar in age and in thoughts. See, we are not as alone as we often think! Good to hear from you.

  5. I am 22 yrs sober on 8/18… I am 49 yrs old and I have never felt alone in my recovery.. I do it ‘one day at a time”

  6. Hi Jennifer,
    One day at a time is the best way. I am in agreement. Do you go to A.A?
    Thanks for you input, I hope you keep coming back.
    Madison

  7. i’m sober for 4 years already and i did my best to stay that way despite having experienced some low points in my life.staying sober and resisting temptations to drink made me stronger and courageous in facing life’s challenges.its gettin difficult sometimes but am still glad i did not give in.

  8. Hi Vincent,
    4 years of sobriety! Good for you! To hear that it is awesome is just fantastic. I think everyone in sobriety gets excited to hear that especially those in the early days of recovery.
    Keep strong Vincent, weather the lows and enjoy the highs. It will keep getting better.

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