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Laughing Medicine

Laughing is good for your physical and mental health. When you laugh, it tells your body you are happy and your nervous system smiles in cooperation. 

Even if something isn't really funny, laughing is beneficial. It's good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.

Experiment

Try an experiment for the next week: smile and laugh a lot every day. You don't need a reason to laugh, just do it. You will probably feel lighter and more joyful. There is an added benefit when you wear a smile, you will look more attractive and people will be drawn to you. It's free and there are no side effects!

What the Mayo Clinic says about laughing 

Stress relief from laughter? It's no joke! When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. Here's why. Whether you're guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that's no joke.

Stress relief from laughter

A good sense of humor can't cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do.

Short-term benefits

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects

Laughter isn't just a quick pick-me-up, though. It's also good for you over the long term. Laughter may:

  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.

Tips and tools

Do you think you have a sense of humor that is underdeveloped or even nonexistent? No problem. Humor can be learned. In fact, developing or refining your sense of humor may be easier than you think.

  • Put humor on your horizon. Find a few simple items, such as photos, greeting cards or comic strips, that make you chuckle. Then hang them up at home or in your office. Keep funny movies, books or comedy albums on hand for when you need an added humor boost. Look online at joke websites. Go to a comedy club.
  • Laugh and the world laughs with you. Find a way to laugh about your own situations and watch your stress begin to fade away. Even if it feels forced at first, practice laughing. It does your body good.

  • Consider trying laughter yoga. In laughter yoga, people practice laughter as a group. Laughter is forced at first, but it can soon turn into spontaneous laughter.

  • Share a laugh. Make it a habit to spend time with friends who make you laugh. And then return the favor by sharing funny stories or jokes with those around you.

  • Knock, knock. Browse through your local bookstore or library's selection of joke books and get a few rib ticklers in your repertoire that you can share with friends.

  • Know what isn't funny. Don't laugh at the expense of others. Some forms of humor aren't appropriate. Use your best judgment to discern a good joke from a bad, or hurtful one.

Laughter is the best medicine

Go ahead and give it a try. Turn the corners of your mouth up into a smile and then give a laugh, even if it feels a little forced. Once you've had your chuckle, take stock of how you're feeling. Are your muscles a little less tense? Do you feel more relaxed or buoyant? That's the natural wonder of laughing at work.

 

Submit jokes to enter contest for free session

  • The prize for the best joke is either three Distance Healings or a 30 minute Phone Session with Suzanne, winner's choice.
  • Jokes should not contain anything offensive, profane or hurtful.
  • Please do not submit jokes that are already posted. If more than one person entered the same winning joke, whoever submitted it first wins.
  • On March 1, 2019 the winner will be picked and notified by the email they provided when submitting the joke. The email addresses will not be used for other purposes.
  • There is a limit of 10 jokes per person.
  • Type in your jokes in the "Leave a comment" section near the bottom of this page. Note that cartoons, pictures and attachments will not work in this section. 

 

 


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  • Elmer and his wife Esther went to the Iowa state fair every year, and every year Elmer would say, “Esther, I’d like to ride in that helicopter.”

    Esther always replied, “But Elmer, that helicopter ride is 50 dollars!”

    “So?”, Elmer said.

    Esther stuck to her guns and replied, “Look, Elmer, 50 dollars is 50 dollars.”

    This happened year after year after year.

    One year, the couple was at the fair again and Elmer said, “Esther, I’m 78 years old. If I don’t ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.”

    Esther replied, “Elmer, that helicopter is 50 dollars … and 50 dollars is 50 dollars”.

    The pilot overheard the couple and said, “Folks I see you here every year and you’ve never gone up in my helicopter. Tell you what, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take you for a ride, and if you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say a word, I won’t charge you. But if you say one word, it’s 50 dollars.”

    Elmer and Esther agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers to try to get a scream out of them, but there was nothing but silence. The pilot did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but not a peep. When they landed, the pilot turned to Elmer and said, “By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you were as quiet as a church mouse the entire time.”

    Elmer replied, "Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when you banked hard right and the right side of the helicopter faced towards the ground … and Esther fell out …

    “but 50 dollars is 50 dollars!”

    Harry
  • A young intern and his boss boarded a train headed through the mountains. They couldn’t find any place to sit except for two seats right across the aisle from a young woman and her grandmother. After a while, it was obvious that the young woman and the young intern were interested in each other because they were giving each other looks.

    Soon, the train passed into a tunnel and it was pitch black. There was the sound of the smack of a kiss followed by the sound of the smack of a slap. When the train emerged from the tunnel, the four sat there without saying a word.

    The grandmother thought to herself, "It was very brash for that young man to kiss my granddaughter, and I completely support her for having slapped him!”

    The young woman thought, “I’m glad the guy kissed me, but I feel for him because my grandmother slapped him!”

    The boss thought, “I didn’t know the young man was brave enough to kiss the girl, but I sure wish she hadn’t missed when she tried to slap him and hit me!”

    The young intern sat there with a satisfied smile on his face. He thought to himself, “Life is good. How often does a guy have the chance to kiss a beautiful girl and slap his boss at the same time!“

    Harry
  • Sitting in his chambers, a wily judge explained the situation to the two opposing lawyers. The judge said, “Both of you have sought fit to bribe me, and with disgustingly large sums of cash, I must say.”

    Both lawyers turned pale and became very nervous.

    “Now, now. Don’t worry about it one bit.”, said the judge.

    “Counselor White, you gave me $500,000, but counselor Sanders, you gave me $510,000.”

    The judge reached into his pocket and pulled out $10,000. He handed it to Sanders and said, “Now that I am returning $10,000 of your money, we are going to decide this case on its merits.”

    “Any objections?”

    Harry
  • A man was walking along the beach in Malibu and suddenly found himself talking with God.

    God said, “For your unwavering devotion over many years and in response to the many hardships I have made you endure, I would like to grant you one wish.”

    The man said, “I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii, but I can’t because I’m afraid to fly and ships make me seasick. My wish is for you to build a highway from here to Hawaii.”

    God replied, “I’m sorry, but I don’t think I can do that. Just think of all the work involved. Think of the huge pilings we would need to hold up that highway and how deep they would have to be to reach the bottom of the ocean. Think of all the cement that would be needed. Plus, since it’s such a long span, there would have to be gas stations and rest stops along the way. No, that’s just too much to ask. Impossible. Think of another wish.”

    The guy thought for a moment and said, “Well, there is one thing I’ve always wanted to know. I’d like to be able to understand women. What makes them laugh and cry. Why are they so temperamental? Why are they so difficult to get along with. What makes them tick?”

    God thought for a second, then asked, “Do you want that highway with two lanes or four?”

    Harry
  • This is from my high school calculus teacher:

    A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer lived in the same neighborhood. One night, the engineer woke up to find that his house was on fire. He quickly sat up, grabbed a notebook, calculated the amount of water needed to put out the fire, got the water, put out the fire, and went back to sleep.

    The next night, the physicist woke up to find that his house was on fire. He quickly sat up, grabbed a notebook, calculated the amount of water needed to put out the fire, set down the notebook, and went back to sleep.

    The next night, the mathematician woke up to find that his house was on fire. He opened one eye, thought for a moment, declared “a solution exists,” and rolled over and went back to sleep.

    Michael Koren

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