Laugh Your Way to Health and Happiness

A Good Joke

Stop me if you've heard this one.

Bubba was bragging to his boss one day, "You know, I know everyone there is to know. Just name someone, anyone, and I know them."

Tired of his boasting, his boss called his bluff, "OK, Bubba how about Tom Cruise?"

"Sure, yes, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it." So Bubba and his boss fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise's door, and sure enough, Tom Cruise, shouts, "Bubba! Great to see you! You and your friend come right in and join me for lunch!"

Although impressed, Bubba's boss is still skeptical. After they leave Cruise's house, he tells Bubba that he thinks Bubba's knowing Cruise was just lucky.

"No, no, just name anyone else," Bubba says.

"President Clinton," his boss quickly retorts.

"Yes," Bubba says, "I know him, let's fly out to Washington."

And off they go. At the White House, Clinton spots Bubba on the tour and motions him and his boss over, saying, "Bubba, what a surprise, I was just on my way to a meeting, but you and your friend come on in and let's have a cup of coffee first and catch up." Well, the boss is very shaken by now, but still not totally convinced.

After they leave the White house grounds, he expresses his doubts to Bubba, who again implores him to name anyone else.

"The Pope," his boss replies. "Sure!" says Bubba.

"My folks are from Poland, and I've known the Pope a long time."

So off they fly to Rome. Bubba and his boss are assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when Bubba says, "This will never work. I can't catch the Pope's eye among all these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go upstairs and I'll come out on the balcony with the Pope." and he disappears into the crowd headed toward the Vatican. Sure enough, half an hour later Bubba emerges with the Pope on the balcony. But by the time Bubba returns, he finds that his boss has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics.

Working his way to his boss' side, Bubba asks him, "What happened?" His boss looks up and says, "I was doing fine until you and the Pope came out on the balcony and the man next to me said, "Who's that on the balcony with Bubba?"

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Everyone loves a good joke, it makes us laugh and laughing feels good. Laughter has been long touted as the best medicine for mind, body, and soul, but do many of us know why, exactly, that is?

I Love to Laugh - Mary Poppins

Jokes = Brain Aerobics

While you're listening to a joke, your brain is hard at work. Processing what you're hearing activates the learning centres in your grey matter, and as it works to understand the punchline, it's getting its exercise. In other words, jokes are brainteasers and good for your mental health.

Assuming the jokes you're hearing are better than the one I've included in this hub, you'll be laughing once you've heard it. Next time you do, ask for an encore. If one workout is good for your brain, it's only smart to give it another, and as often as possible.

Laughing makes you healthy, happy and brainy!

Laugh Yourself High!

Next time you're grumpy, laugh. You may not feel like it, but find a way to do it. Maybe start with a smile, work your way up to a chuckle and keep going until the tears are rolling down your face and your belly hurts from it.

Every time you laugh, a chemical reaction takes place in your body that provides instant mood elevation. Your brain releases a lovely natural opiate called dopamine, and you are going to feel pretty darn good when it kicks in.

Laughing is a quick, easy, and free cure. What have you got to lose except a bad mood? Try it next time you're in a grump, the method comes with a money-back guarantee!

Stress Down and Boost Up

Pain and stress can be reduced with some good bouts of guffaws. When you're stressed or in pain, your muscles become tensed and your immune system is compromised. Laughing helps to relax your muscles and give your immunity a boost. Seriously, try it.

The Zen Brain

Know the best, fastest way to deflect anger and/or aggression? If you said, "laugh", you're right! The relaxed mood and increased dopamine levels will help to ward off the effects of a tense situation. It is adviseable to remove yourself from the source of the 'bad vibes' first. If you can get the perpetrator laughing with you before things escalate, you may well prevent the unpleasantness from happening at all. It's really hard to feel angry with someone you've just shared a funny with.

Laughter helps strengthen bonds between you and others. Jovial people are mellow and healthy and emotionally open.

Laugh Your Way to Love

Women love a funny guy, or at least one that can make them laugh. It's one of the most desirable traits that women look for in a potential mate.

She who laughs first also has the last laugh

We women must take responsibility for our role in hooking up with Mr. Happy. It only makes sense for us to laugh in order to attract those types of men in the first place. That way, both parties are having a lot of fun and feeling pretty relaxed about things. What better way to start a relationship?

Rx

Here are a few notes on how to use this miracle drug called laughter:

  • Take daily doses to combat negativity and bad moods
  • Keep entertainment light in the pre-bedtime hours. No heavy stuff, go to bed relaxed, not stressed
  • Use humour to change unpleasant situations into tolerable ones

I considered putting one of those silly disclaimers here. You know, like the ones you see on television, 'Laughter may not be for everyone, side affects may include blissfulness, peace of mind, and increased sex drive' , that kind of thing. I decided against it, it's been overdone.

Giggle every day, as often as you can, and you will laugh your way to health and happiness.

© 2008 Shirley Anderson

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Daniel Pyle 8 years ago

Great hub....I am a true believer in the healing nature of laughter.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, Daniel! Yes, laughter can be SUCH a stress buster, just helps your whole body and mind relax. Thx for reading!


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Great hub!! I always enjoy reading stories about my friend Bubba!


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donnaleemason 8 years ago from North Dakota, USA

Humour has got me through a lot in life. Sometimes it is a little warped but what the heck. It definitely works to boost your spirits.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Bubba asked me to say, 'hey' to you, B.T. He'll call ya.

Donna Lee, warped is the best kind of humour!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

I knew that one but it makes me laugh every time I hear it. I use to say that my childish side has save my mental health several times :D

Through out all the antidepressant and join us for a laugh, there is no better drug ;)

Have fun!


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Julie A. Johnson 8 years ago from Duluth, MN

Laughter is always the best medicine, Thanks Shirley. I invite you to check out my hub "the Best Things in Life are Still Free." I think you'll appreciate it! Take care, keep writing. Julie


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Funride - yes, it's an oldy but a goodie. It was tricky finding one that (hopefully) wouldn't offend someone somewhere. And you're right, there is no better drug. No icky side effects, no unpleasant taste, and you never run out.

Julie - thanks for coming by! I definitely will check out your hub. Keep laughin'!


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

Great Hub Shirley and was very needed!:) Thankyuou...

The only downside to this is laughter-lines which people don't like when they get older but a thing i learned recently in another hubbers hub is that laughing lines are better than frowning ones!


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Rob Jundt 8 years ago from Midwest USA

Gotta love the bubba jokes.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Mr. Furry Pants - you're very welcome! I agree that laugh lines are better than frown lines. It is at least an indication that you've enjoyed life.

Rob - who doesn't love Bubba!


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Gawn Fishin' 8 years ago from Vancouver, BC

I really enjoyed this hub Shirley. Yes, you do need that disclaimer, we wouldn't want anyone too stuffy to break their face.

Gawn


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Thank you Shirley for a mood lifting hub


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I'm glad you enjoyed it, G.F. lol about the disclaimer.

You're welcome, Dottie. Thx for coming by and reading.


Dannie12 8 years ago

The joke was sooo cute! but the information was very useful. Now i know that i can use laughter as a common remedy for stress and everyday issues that we are plagued with! intresting! great hub!


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surfchicky23 8 years ago from New Zealand

Just like the old saying "Laughter is the best medicine" I know people who cant joke around, they are always serious and get stressed easily. My good friends are people who can laugh at just about anything and they have a good sense of humor.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dannie12 - thank-you so much!  Spread the laughter, the world can use as much as it can get.

Helen - thank-you, too!  I'm sorry I wrote on your topic, but glad if it lightened your load a little.  You're right, laughter is so vital, and it's readily accessible and free.

Surfchicky - it's so sad to see people who can't enjoy life.  It would make such a difference in how they look and feel if they could allow themselves to relax and have a few giggles everyday.  I'm glad you surround yourself with fun friends, it will help keep you young and healthy.  Thx for reading and commenting.


SirDent 8 years ago

Nice hub. Made me laugh. Laughter is like a good medicine.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, SirDent! I like laughter even better than medicine, 'cause there's no nasty taste.


SirDent 8 years ago

Usually there isn't a nasty taste. Have you ever laughed at the wrong thing or wrong person before?


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oh....yes. I had managed to shove those types of situations wayyyyy back in my mind. You're right, those ones don't taste pleasant. At the time, anyway.


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funnebone 8 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

Now this is a Hub I can relate to!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Yes Funnebone, right up your alley. Do you know Bubba?


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Eric Graudins 8 years ago from Australia

An oldie but a Goodie.

Great to see you back out in the "normal" hub environment again.


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C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

I have a dog who makes me laugh, he is a blessing. Fun hub Shirley, THANX.


RUTHIE17 8 years ago

Wonderful Hub, Shirley!  Loved the joke and everything else!

Here's another one on laughter for you--(you knew I couldn't resist, right!)

In the deepest jungles of Africa, two missionaries were seized by a tribe of hostile cannibals. The cannibals then stripped the missionaries of their clothing, hogtied them and threw them into a large vat of hot boiling water over an open fire with the intention of boiling them alive. As the missionaries kept praying for a miracle, one of them suddenly burst out laughing. This made the other missionary so confused by his companion's sudden burst of laughter that he screamed, "What's the matter with you? Here we are being boiled alive for lunch and you're laughing your head off! How do you find anything hilarious about all this?"

With tears in his eyes from laughing so much, the laughing missionary said, "I just peed in their soup!"

"Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone."  I'd rather have the company and the fun!


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Lifebydesign 8 years ago from Australia

Thanks Shirley- I feel better already! :-)

btw do you think there's a 'Bubba' in every country ?!


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Thanks for the laugh shirley. I agree with you about aggression. If my husband is cranky (we call him grumpy) but sometimes I will stand up to him and argue back . But like you say. Other times I sit and acutally laugh at him and say he is mad or something similar.

In the end he has to laugh and ends up "saying you stupid bitch " but he means it in a nice laughing way though.

I agree wholeheartedly laughter should be a daily exercise. When you look at some people you would think if they laughed it would crack their face they are so serious.

In saying that I have often been called happy because my face does not actually display my inner happiness. My excuse is I was born with my sour face.


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

I was just sent this joke so couldn't resist putting it in here.

One day I met a sweet gentleman and fell in love. When it became apparent that we would marry, I made the supreme sacrifice and gave up beans. Some months later, on my birthday, my car broke down on the way home from work. Since I lived in the countryside I called my husband and told him that I would be late because I had to walk home. On my way, I passed by a small diner and the odour of baked beans was more than I could stand. With miles to walk, I figured that I would walk off any ill effects by the time I reached home, so I stopped at the diner and before I knew it, I had consumed three large orders of baked beans. All the way home, I made sure that I released all the gas.. Upon my arrival, my husband seemed excited to see! me and exclaimed delightedly: > 'Darling I have a surprise for dinner tonight.' > He then blindfolded me and led me to my chair at the dinner table. I took a seat and just as he was about to remove my blindfold, the telephone rang. He made me promise not to touch the blindfold until he returned and went to answer the call. > > The baked beans I had consumed were still affecting me and the pressure was becoming most unbearable, so while my husband was out of the room I seized the opportunity, shifted my weight to one leg and let one go. It was not only loud, but it smelled like a fertilizer truck running over a skunk in front of a pulpwood mill. I took my napkin from my lap and fanned the air around me vigorously. > Then, shifting to the other cheek, I ripped off three more. The stink was worse than cooked cabbage. > Keeping my ears carefully tuned to the conversation in the other room, > I went on like this for another few minutes. > > The pleasure was indescribable. When eventually the telephone farewells signalled the end of my freedom, I quickly fanned the air a few more times with my napkin, placed it on my lap and folded my hands back on it feeling very relieved and pleased with myself. > > > My face must have been the picture of innocence when my husband returned, apologizing for taking so long. He asked me if I had peeked through the blindfold, and I assured him I had not. > > > At this point, he removed the blindfold, and twelve dinner guests seated around the table chorused: 'Happy Birthday!' > > > I fainted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!>


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, Eric. Yes, I guess I'll have to be more productive now that the Last Post forum has closed....I don't know how else to handle the withdrawal. :)

C.S. - I'm glad you have a companion at the ready to keep you laughing and young.

Ruthie, I was waiting for you to chime in, was hoping you would! I considered approaching you for the joke. Your contributed joke does not disappoint - brought up the curves of my mouth, as usual. Thanks so much, I miss the daily groans!

Lifebydesign - Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I do think there's a Bubba in every country, and if there isn't there should be.

Eileen - good example of deflecting anger with humour! Still chuckling at the joke, thx for sharing it.


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bruzzbuzz 8 years ago from Texas , USA

Great joke. I always love a little laugh to start the day.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, Bruzzbuzz, glad I could help start your morning right.


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

LOL HI Shirley, laughter triggers the body's endorphins...the feel good hormones...so that makes us happy and healthier too :) A joyful hub.


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PLM 8 years ago

I know 2 bubba's I am wondering which one is in this story =P

A biker walks into a bar and sees this woman at the end of the bar and says to the barkeep "I'd like to buy that lady a drink" Barkeep says "I wouldn't if I were you man, that's one of them transexuals." ...biker says "That's ok, I ride a Honda"


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Banadux 8 years ago from Cary, NC

I like that joke. Thanks for the laugh.


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lisaj66 8 years ago from Arizona

Great Hub! Laughing is one of my favorite pastimes. Ofcourse I usually laugh at myself and no finds me nearly as funny as I do.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're welcome, Banadux. I'm glad you liked it.

Lisa, that is a very healthy habit - fun too. Everyone should laugh at themselves.


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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

Thanks for the very funny hub, Shirley. You are absolutely right that humor is healthy and necessary for us to enjoy our lives more. I appreciate a good laugh, even if it's at my own expense.

Your fan.

Mon.


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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

What a great hub...the serious facts behind the fun of laughter! When my children still at home, I used to try to find some way to get at least a chuckle out of them each and every morning -- and as lethargic morning teens they often groaned at my attempts -- but I knew the oxygen release and the mental spark of a good morning laugh would get their school days started a bit better. Nice to know I was actually being quite scientifically accurate!


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vims 8 years ago

Thanks Ms Shirley Anderson, you always put smile on everyone's face. So sweet of you.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, Monitor! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Desert Blondie - that's a terrific thing you did with your kids, a great idea for all parents! You smart cookie, you.

Thank-you so much, Vims!


First Eagle 8 years ago

Great hub!

angela


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

Hi Shirley:)

I have to mention this funny thing that happened, and thought this would be be the best place to mention it..

Well, it was yesterday and i was lying in bed half asleep with the kitty at the end of the bed as always, and i noticed a groaning sound which half woke me up, i listened again more carefully and i heard it was my kitty! snoring! very loudly!! and ive never heard kitty snore before ever!! i was laughing so much as it was so hilariously funny!! it was only when i heard some commercials on the TV come on that i realised i had fallen asleep to Big brother and the show was showing live streaming of the housemates sleeping! and one of them was snoring! i felt like a right plonker!!

I hope this gave someone a laugh or at least less frown lines!!

:)


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

C.S....I'm still laughing! With you, not at you. :)


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

Shirley,

I thought it may have been one of those "

you had to have been there moments" to have found it furry, oops i mean funny:)


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

compu-smart says:

I thought it may have been one of those "you had to have been there moments" to have found it furry, oops i mean funny:)

You are so cute!


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Doc Rich 8 years ago

Shirley, I was in my office just finishing a session when I read your Bubba story. I laughed out loud. It's easy to underestimate the power of humor. Thanks a million for this excellent Hub:)


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, Rich. I'm glad it tickled your funny bone! You're right, we do tend to underestimate it. Nice to know that we have legitimate excuses for injecting a little more fun in our lives.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Helen - sadly, I know all too well about jiggling body parts. I'm glad it helped lift your mood.


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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

this is a good one. it brings me to a good feeling place. i'm a fan


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, Dayzeebee! I'll be fan-ing you back.


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

Had to come back and read it again! Just as funny the second time!


SirDent 8 years ago

I was just checking on you. Haven't heard from you in a few days. When are you gonna do a video of those jiggling body parts? I want to see it when it's done.  :P


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Aw, I've missed you guys so much! I've just been busy working on other things, and it's just not the same without our daily posts.

SirDent, luckily for you, I don't own a camera and if I did, I wouldn't know how to go about filming the jiggley bits. My guess would be that I'd set the camera at the bottom of the stairs and run up. Ewwwwwww. I'm very thin, but work on my butt all day.

Hope that doesn't spoil anyone's lunch.


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First Eagle 8 years ago

Great hub

A laugh keep you live longer.

First Eagle, Thor Einar


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Thor! I agree with you that laughing helps you live longer....makes it more fun, too.


SirDent 8 years ago

I will still watch the video if you make it. :P


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, SirDent.  Spoken like a true friend.

RMR - I forgot to ask you how B.T. is doing. Please give him my love.


SirDent 8 years ago

I just added you as a friend on Stumble. Been a member for some time but I haven't really figure out how to use it yet.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, SD! I'll go look. I haven't really figured it out yet either, but I'm clueing in a little more each time I check it out.


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moefry47 8 years ago from Texas

Bubba and I go way back,---- Shirley, you are awesome.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Moefry, thank-you! By the way, Bubba asked me to say hello to you.


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raguett 8 years ago

great hub...funny...


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

The comments are as engaging as the hub!

Shirley, thanks for making me laugh.

Who was it who said, *Laughter is the best medicine?* I've been looking for the origin of that saying for a day or two, and haven't found it...and I'm thinking, Reader's Digest. Wasn't that one of their featured articles, or series of humor, like *Humor in Uniform*?

Laughter gets the belly rolling and the tears falling, and when the belly's rolling and the tears are falling, all bad things are cast to the wind, at least for a little while.


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

I have finally bitten the bullet.I like your writing and am now a fan


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

ok you're not going to believe this...but we have always said my husband knows everyone and the pope -- cuz he's always running into people he knows --- so one day....we moved to texas. lake jackson actually. we know no one there. we pull up --- just arriving the last 10 min and get gas....(it was in the late 70's and we could afford it then...)

and we pull up at a random gas station...and i'll be damned if Lynn didn't stick his hand out to a guy and stand there talking

now i'm thinking "he's pulling my leg...this is an act..."

and then he introduces me and its a guy i knew slightly from OKLAHOMA and lynn used to work with him on an oil rig....

i couldn't believeit what were the odds???? we have tons of stories lilke that in our lifel.----- i think it's either a huge conspiracy or Lynn truly does know everyone including the POPE i ain't asking if he knows the POPE im not even going there.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, Raguett!

Sherri, Reader's Digest is the only name I associate with the phrase, but I can't honestly say whether or not they originally coined it. You're right about the benefits of laughter....I don't want to discuss the jiggly bits again. :)

Thank-you, Mr. Marmalade! I'm honoured!

Marisue, that's hilarious. Are you sure your husband's name isn't Bubba?


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reversefunnelsyst 8 years ago from Nashville

Shirley

Thank you for a great joke..I wanted to share a real funny story that made me laugh very hard!

I got in email from my friend...Enjoy it!

If you don't laugh out loud after you read this you are in a coma!

This is even funnier when you realize it's real! Next time you have a bad day at work, think of this guy.

Rob is a commercial saturation diver for Global Divers in Louisiana. He performs underwater repairs on offshore drilling rigs. Below is an E-mail he sent to his sister. She then sent it to radio station 103.2 on FM dial in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, who was sponsoring a worst job experience contest. Needless to say,she won.

Hi Sue, just another note from your bottom-dwellingbrother. Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's not so bad after all.

Before I can tell you what happened to me, I firstmust bore you with a few technicalities of my job. As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea.I wear a suit to the office. It's a wet suit. This time of year the water is quite cool, so whatwe do to keep warm is this: we have a diesel-powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It heats it to a delightful temperature. It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose. Now this sounds like a darn good plan, and I've used it several times with no complaints.

What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working, is take the hose and stuff it down the back of my wet suit. This floods my whole suit with warm water. It's like working in a Jacuzzi.

Everything was going well, until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it. This only made things worse.

Within a few seconds, my butt started to burn. I pulled the hose out from my back, but the damage was done. In agony, I realized what had happened. The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit.

Now, since I don't have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn't stick to it. However, the crack of my butt was not as fortunate. When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into the crack of my butt.

I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator. His instructions were unclear due to the fact that he, along with five other divers, were all laughing hysterically.Needless to say, I aborted the dive.

I was instructed to make three agonizing in-water decompression stops totaling thirty-five minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression.

When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet. As I climbed out of the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got in the chamber The cream put the fire out, but I couldn't poop for two days because my butt was swollen shut.

So, next time you're having a bad day at work, think about how much worse it would be if you had a jellyfish shoved up your butt. Now repeat to yourself, "I love my job, I love my job, I love my job."

Now whenever you have a bad day, ask yourself: Is this a jellyfish bad day?

May you NEVER have a jellyfish bad day!!!!!

Tatyana


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Amber Arendsen 8 years ago from Solana Beach, Ca

thanks tatyana for that story, i laughed out loua and shed a tear. Who knew that when I joined hubs to write, I would read so much and learn so much, this place has turned into such a huge blessing for me in such a short time!

great hub shirley , thank you


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

OMG, Reversefunnelsyst! That is the funniest thing I've ever read, probably because it actually happened. Poor guy, but my God that's funny! Thanks for sharing it, I think you just made us all a little healthier....and happier about our own jobs.

Amber - thanks for coming by and for commenting. This is the first time I've seen you, so I'm going to check your profile and see if you're new.


cvaughn570 8 years ago

Hi Shirley,

What a wonderful piece of writing here....LOL

I, of course, am still laughing...LOL

I will have to come back and read this again when I'm feeling down. It is certain to pick me up!

Thanks for the smile,

Carol


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Carol:

Thank-you! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and if it cheers you up when you need it, then I'm especially happy.

Shirley


SirDent 8 years ago

SirDent pokes into Shirley's world. I love this article you know. Makes me smile and feel good every time I read it.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oh, SirDent! That makes me happy in return, thank-you!


SirDent 8 years ago

I am going to chatroom if you want to join me for a bit.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sorry I missed you, SirDent!


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drummer boy 8 years ago from Kirksville,MO

very nice liked the video as well. thumbs up from me.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, Shane! Where the heck have you been??


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schanele 8 years ago from United States

That was funny! I used to be a regular addict to sad movies, sad songs and even sadder conversations. One day, I realized - what a waste of my time! I try to laugh as often as possible now. I loved the Bubba story! Thanks for reminding me of the importance of seeing the lighter side of things :)


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Schanele, I used to watch The Color Purple every time I needed a good cry. Trouble is, you can get stuck in that mode. Laughter lightens your energy and makes you feel happier (obviously).

Thx for reading. I'm glad you've swung over to the side of happy.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Very funny!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, SweetiePie!


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terenceyap07 8 years ago from Singapore

Dear Shirley,

Sorry for taking so long to get here. This hub has brightened my day. Thank you.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Aw Terrance, I'm so glad. Thank-you for coming by!


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hot dorkage 8 years ago from Oregon, USA

Hey laughter is great, I totally agree, I made a website full of jokes a long time agoThe old website is still up but it's got pretty bad bit rot and I need to redo it. the database is still intact, and has over 5000 jokes and one liners.

Only the random joke function works, so it needs to be revamped. Here's a random joke link and if it offends you just laugh.

http://navehumor.com/php/joke.php?ref=default&...

Anyone wanna help rebuild it?


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

OMG - Hot Dorkage, you're a pro on this subject matter! Thx for reading, and leaving a link so people can laugh, ergo get healthier, even more.


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ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina

I love to laugh! But is laughter truly contagious? Laughter is, without any doubt, a very healthy thing to do! :) I'm happy and I laugh all the time. Sometimes the laughter is internal, but usually (especially when I'm on stage) it's a burst of healthy happiness! :)

Great Hub! :)

ProCW


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Actually ProCW, you are the poster child for this message. You say you laugh a lot, and you are one of the most positive people I know. Ergo, you are proof that it works!

I'm so glad you're able to laugh heartily!

Thx, CW!


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Just wanted to stop by and thank you for the mention in your newsletter interview! Can't wait to see who you chose for the next one!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're very welcome, B.T.

Re the next one.....that's top secret until the next newsletter.

I can be bribed.


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Nicole Winter 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

Oh, man. This is exactly what I needed to wake myself up! Laughing is an excellent natural high. It's proof god wants us to be happy, for sure!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I'm glad it contributed to you day in a happy way, Nicole!

It is definitely a natural high, very healing. And yes, you're right - it's not only okay to be happy, I believe it should be our natural state.

Thx for your comment, Nicole.


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qlcoach 8 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

Beautifully crafted and well written hub. Yes, I believe in the power of laughter too. Some books have been written about how laughter can actually help with physical and emotional healing. Also, thank you for your kind comments on my hub: "Love Life Help". Check out my Squidoo pages and feel free to post samples of your writing services there. Sincerely: Gary Eby, author and therapist.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you so much, Gary! I do believe in the healing power of laughter. It just lightens your energy and things roll off easier. A day without laughter = a day without sunshine. :)

I will check out your Squidoo pages, although I think I have to sign up for an account first. Thanks also for the offer of posting there, that's very kind of you.

Nice to meet you, Gary. I'll be watching for more of your hubs.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Laughter really is the best medicine isn't it? Love your hub - such a pleasure reading something so well written!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Shalini! I really appreciate your kind words. And you're right, laughter can help so many things.


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aikidk01 7 years ago

Shirley - Sorry that I found this so long after your wrote it. It sounds like you not only speak of laughter...I'm guessing that you "take your own medicine, regularly". My wife and I get at least one belly laugh a day and often more. Of the many benefits you spoke of, laughing helps each of us to take a step back so that we can easily "get over ourselves". It really does help you keep a wonderful perspective on life!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Aikidk, please don't apologize, I'm happy you came by regardless of the time. :) I'm glad that you and your wife allow such wonderful laughter in your lives. I try to laugh as often as I can - it's such a stress buster!

I love that bit you said about laughing helping us "get over ourselves". I think that's great, and I have to agree with you. Yet another benefit from something that's fun to do.

Thanks for sharing that with us, Aikidk! And don't worry about when the hub was written, you can drop in any time at all.


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Lgali 7 years ago

Thnaks for sharing lot of nice jokes


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're welcome, Lgali! Hope it gave you a chuckle.


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midnightbliss 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

nice hub, even we have problems, always find a way to laugh, it will surely make you feel a little better.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Midnightbliss. Sometimes it can be hard to laugh if you feel beaten down and stressed out, but damn it helps so much if you can just find a way.


Benedict 7 years ago

Yes. Laughter is so important. So many of us get caught in making life far harder than it needs to be. I wrote a book about this called Laugh - The Way of Happiness in 1993. I have to remind myself of what I wrote often.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, Benedict! Thanks for your comment. Great webpage, I share your philosophy. Too bad about the beer not being the answer - it would be easier sometimes. :) Only joking, of course, although there are instances when it feels that way. I find the longer I practice, the easier it gets.


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Gerg 6 years ago from California

Great topic and hub, Shirley! Finding a way to see lightness and humor in all things is spot on ~ thanks!

- G


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Gerg! We have to laugh sometimes, even if to keep from crying. :)


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RGraf 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I probably need a good laugh or two or twenty today.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Aww, RG! I hope Bubba was able to at least put a smile on your face and make you feel a little brighter!


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

Shirley Anderson.Hi What great advice and information,how true,today is one of those days I need to laugh a lot more,and I loved the joke, Thank you.:) :)


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, OliversMum! I hope you found the laughter you needed, it sucks on those type of days.

Glad you enjoyed the joke. Do you know Bubba? I actually do, though I doubt it's this one. :)

Thanks for dropping by, hope all your days are filled with laughter from now on!


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katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

You've certainly hit the humerus here ( funny bone), I do love to laugh and laugh constantly at my own jokes, it gives me a laugh always and sometimes my friends too.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

That was funny, Katy! I'm glad you find the fun in life, it'll keep you young and healthy.

Thanks for commenting.


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Trish_M 6 years ago from The English Midlands

Laughter is xsaid to be the best medicine ~ and that made me laugh!


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Yay, glad to hear it, Trish! It'll keep you young and happy. :) Thanks so much for coming by.


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goldie77 6 years ago from Scotland

Laughter is a great antidote to depression - I wish we could buy it in bottles. Strangely enough,I used to laugh a lot more when I was younger -I was very giggly -I've grown up too much


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oh, Goldie! Please don't grow up so much that you stop laughing. I think your idea of bottling it is great, that would be not only beneficial to (wo)mankind but would also be a terrific money maker. :)

Thanks for your comment and don't forget to yuk it up every chance you get!


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

So true Shirley. Laughter is the best medicine by far. Great hub!


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Shirley Anderson 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Carrie! Don't forget to chuckle daily. :)


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

I'm a firm believer that laughter is the best medicine. Thanks for sharing this useful and at times, funny hub.


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Shirley Anderson 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Happyboomernurse! If people laughed more, nurses might not be run off their feet because of so many sick people. :)


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prasadjain 4 years ago from Tumkur

Quite a laughable hub!

Laugh-to have the world with you.And weep, to be alone!


DECIMALPOINT7 4 years ago

I am surprised no one has mentioned tickle therapy. Its new to the U.S. but a great way to relieve stress and provides a steady stream of hard laughter. Most of the time it is done on the feet. Here is a quote from a now defunct ebsite that I saved that I thought was very appropriate to the therapy: "The wild, uninhibited laughter of a child, as opposed to the more cerebral laughter of an adult, can be attained by a prolonged and intense tickling of the soles of the feet.. Considered torture by some, tickling itself can actually be a great way to relieve stress if the recipient can handle the stimulation and surrender to the sensation. This is easier said than done-tickling is confusing, a literal love/hate relationship, as the mind says ‘yes’ and the body screams ‘No’! Tickling can be perceived as both pleasure and pain, like an itch that cannot be scratched. It is this quandary that the body both craves and resists, sometimes simultaneously. Specifically, tickling the sensory-rich soles of the feet bring other stress relieving factors [reflexology/nerve stimulation] into play as well. Tickling and laughter are both mysterys that in recent years have begun to receive some much deserved attention." All I know is that I've had it done and it works!!!


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Rehana Stormme 4 years ago

Wow, this is a pretty awesome hub! Loved the way you presented all the information.

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