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Beating Depression with Laughter

Updated on September 10, 2012

Laughter is Medicine: Beating Depression

By Dexter Yarbrough. Laughter can reduce depression? Absolutely. The importance of laughter in our lives can help us to be happy and calm. Does this make any sense to you? It does to me. But is there any evidence that this is true? Yes. Not according to me but from Italian researchers as well as those at the Mayo Clinic.

Italian Researchers on Laughter

Laughter is known to increase the levels of endorphins and stimulate the left frontal lobe of the brain. This is where happy thoughts and feelings are created. According to Italian researchers studying clinical depression at the Sapienza University of Rome, laughter can improve mood directly and can lessen the negative effects of stressful events on a persons' psychological well-being.

The Italian researchers referred to previous evidence that reduction of laughter frequency is a symptom of depression and that an increase in the frequency of laughter could be used as a marker of clinical improvement.

The researchers also mentioned that the positive effects of laughter on social relationships and physical health may have a role in influencing the ability of depressed patients to face their condition.

Undoubtedly, most of us know that laughter is the best medicine and it would appear that this is true concerning depression. A good, deep laugh on a regular basis does wonders for our mood.

Mayo Clinic - Laughter has Great Benefits

According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, there are short-term and long-term benefits of laughter.

In the short-term, laughter can:

  • Soothe tension.
  • Stimulate your heart, lungs and muscles, thus increasing the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate your heart rate and blood pressure while cooling down and relieving your stress responses.

In the long-term, laughter may:

  • Increase personal satisfaction, making difficult situations a little easier.
  • Ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural cures.
  • Improve your immune system by fighting negative thoughts (which can cause stress) and allowing positive thoughts to release neuropeptides, which fight stress and potentially more serious illnesses.

Beat Depression - Laugh

The importance of laughter in our lives is undeniable. The more positive energy we get from laughter during the the day the less the negative energy caused by worry and depression will take over.

With all the negativity in the world, the importance of laughter should be obvious. Therefore, let's laugh loud, laugh often and chase worries and depression away!

So take time out and enjoy the short videos. They WILL have you laughing!!

Dexter Yarbrough - Copyright 2012. All Rights Reserved.


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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 3 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      humm ! nice and useful hub

      Thanks for sharing sir !

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Great article and interesting videos. The kids look great!

      Humour is an essential quality for the spiritual life. I'm sure you know this. Cheers.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks Denise! This is one of my favorites and I wrote it when I was "going through." Thanks for your continued support!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Dexter-I revisited this one...LMAO again, and am linking it to my hub about depression. In all honesty, my 'humor therapy' was one of the main things that helped me overcome my depression. Keep up the great work.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Escobana! It is always so wonderful to receive comments from you! I'm glad yo enjoyed it! Thank you!

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      Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia

      Just before going to bed, reading this excellent Hub of yours! I'm going to sleep with a big smile on my face and I'm sure I'll wake up with the same one:-)

      Loved the video's! Shared and voted up Dexter!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Nenytridiana! I am happy you enjoyed it!

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      nenytridiana 5 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

      Very entertaining, Dexter Yarbrough. I love this.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Rajan! Laughter can do so much for our physical and mental health. Thank you so much!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Laughter is indeed the best medicine. Thanks for reminding that we need to start laughing more to be well and stay healthy. Here in the parks I see people laughing themselves to crazy in the early morning.

      Delightful read. Up and awesome.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Yes, indeed! Laughter is a wonderful thing. I hate stress!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      With the level of stress nowadayus, a little laughter can go along way.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi, Mandar! I am so glad you enjoyed it! Laughter is a beautiful thing!

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      Mandar Karandikar 5 years ago from Ratlam, India

      A wonderful hub to reach after a strenuous school day. I am glad I stopped by to read. Thanks for it. I agree- Laughter is the best medicine.

      :) Mandar

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Kelley! Thank you so much. Looking forward to sharing more visits!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Okay this was such a great one for me to read this morning as my two year old sat at the table throwing Lego's and laughing..... Voted up, funny, and Shared! Kelley

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Billybuc! And the same to you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great message my friend! Keep laughing, keep spreading the message and blessings to you and yours.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Marwan! Thank you and I hope you enjoyed it!

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      Marwan Asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      A nice hub to muse on and admire

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Rodric! I am happy that depression is gone. It is a horrible thing. Thank you!

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      Rodric Johnson 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My depression is gone!! Thanks for the hub, seriously. Laughter is always a good way to unwind.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Cherrycrime! I am glad it helped! Humor is a wonderful thing! Thank you!

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      January Moon 5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      LoL this was a great hub, I couldn't stop laughing from all the youtube video's which enhanced my mood and stress level, voted up for making me laugh :-)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Tonipet! Thanks so much for your wonderful comments. Yes, please do link to your hub. I am going to read it as soon as I finish commenting here. I really appreciate your kindness.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi Dex. This is funny I just loved everything. I'm with you a hundred percent... there probably is no best non-synthetic medicine to beat stress and all that than laughter. Please allow me to link my Smiling is Contagious Infect Others article to this hub. I'm sure people will thank you more for the relaxing and funny vids. Thank you in advance. Voted up!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Ruchira! I am glad you got some good laughs. Have a great day!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Reading your hub and seeing the videos made me go into LOTS of laughter :)

      I agree...laughter is thebest medicine and you have great evening my friend:)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Eiddwen! So very true! Thank you so much for reading. Keep laughing!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Well I was beginning to think that I wouldn't get near to that final comment;but always a good sign.

      You are so very right;laughter is indeed the best medicine and is important to balance out our lives.

      Take care and enjoy my friend.

      Eddy.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you! I am glad you and others enjoyed it!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Haha, you've done just that--make us laugh through the hub with cleverly chosen videos. I agree--laughter is the best medicine. Love this hub and I'm sure many are finding joy in reading this.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Dr. Ope! Thanks for your wonderful comments. I have missed you!

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      Olive Ellis 5 years ago

      Hi Dexter, Yes it is true that laughter aids depression. I am living proof of that. Very informative hub. Keep spreading the 'word'.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Feenix! I am glad you took the time to read and acknowledge it. I deal with "demons" as well, so this has been very helpful to me. Thank YOU!

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      feenix 5 years ago

      Hey, Dex,

      I am very grateful to you writing and publishing this article.

      Because I suffer depression along with chronic anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this piece is very educational for me and provided me with some new insights into the ways I should deal with my "demons."

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Caroline! I am glad you enjoyed it. Keep on laughing!

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Great hub Dexter! Hilarious videos. I'm still laughing.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Annart! Thank you for leaving such wonderful comments! I am so happy you enjoyed my hub. And thanks for the votes!

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Yes, laughter is always such a good tonic. I certainly feel better for it, even just watching something funny on tv on my own! The best is laughing with the family, especially the babies - they have such catching chuckles and it makes me want to cuddle, cuddle, cuddle! Thanks. Voted up, funny and interesting.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Good day, Eiddwen! I am so happy this hub made you laugh. Have a beautiful day!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub Dexter and I loved it;laughter is indeed the best medicine.

      I am positive that so many others will benefit from this gem.

      Take care my friend and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Neeleshkulkarni! Yes! Wonderful comment! Thank you!

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      neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

      stress gone,endomorphins released,pain free,body immune system restored,heart and lungs stimulated- wow thanks a lot mannn

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Tirelesstraveler! Thanks. I look forward to reading yours!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Rasta! Yes. I agree. Laughter can help ease these things. Thanks!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Dexter-Great Hub. Going to link this hub to one of mine.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Laughter cure anxiety and depression easily.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      So true, Frog Princess! So, true! Thanks and same to you!

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      The Frog Princess 5 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

      Laughter gives your heart and face a big smile.

      Have a happy sunny smiling day with lots of laughter.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Sunnie! I am always happy to know that I made YOU smile! Thank you so much!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Tammy! Thank you! I agree that even though those situations are tragic, helping them to overcome with assistance and laughter may help. Great comments. Thank you!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Oh Dex I do not know how I missed this one! I loved the message and information and the video's were priceless..I wonder if the people's faith was built? haha

      Such a happy and wonderful hub. Thank you for making me smile..BIG!

      hugs,

      Sunnie

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      What a great hub! I think there is so much truth to this. I wish more laughter could be brought into the situations where people are living in utter chaos- like Haiti and Japan after the tsunami. Once laughter leaves an area, it seems that everyone's health suffers. Great hub and thoughts.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Sueswan! That one was funny, huh? Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you very much!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Mckbirdbks! You are always so kind! Looking forward to going back in time to the Cafe! Thank you!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Dexter!

      Thank you. This is just what I needed. ROFL. Jesus turning the water into wine was my favourite.

      Voted up up and away!

      Cheers to you my friend. Hope your day is filled with sunshine and laughter. :)

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Dexter you have cornered the market on hub humor, with this series on humor and you famous, "Conversations' series. You brought lots of smiles, which means Dexter's hubs are good medicine.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Lady E! Yes, indeedy! Thank YOU!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Lol. Very interesting read and thanks for the photos/videos. They do say "Laughter is the best Medicine for the heart."

      Thanks.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi William! Yes we can put You Tube videos in our hubs. It actually helps in terms of your score. The more pictures and videos, the better.

      Thanks for the kind remarks! I really appreciate it and am glad you are better!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Denise! Keep on laughing! Thank you so much!

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      William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Dexter this was really great. Loved all the videos. Everything here was great. I was having a rough today and this really lightened my mood so now maybe I can write a hub. Hey question though sorry if this sounds dumb are we allowed to put You Tube Videos in here I put in but was afraid I get in trouble. I wasn't sure what the rules are. I just started writing this week so this all new to me so far. Again great and sorry for the question. I'll be sharing this as well. Thanks again.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Dexter, you always have a good thing to share! LOL I remember LMAO at work a few weeks ago and it felt so good, it hurt my stomach! Thanks for sharing.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hey Jim! Great to hear from you! Agreed! Yes, indeedy! Thanks!

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      FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Hilarious.

      We need those Gag artists to be the hosts of our next Presidential debate.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Words of wisdom, Dahoglund! Thanks so much!

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Laugh and the world laughs with you. True or not it should be.You do your share to spread the laughter.Keep it up.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Flora! Yes! The benefits are available even when one is pretending. Great observation!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi SanneL! Thank you so much! Laughter does wonders for us! Agreed. I am so happy you came by to read and I appreciate the votes!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Movie Master! Your words and vote mean the world to me. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      The interesting thing about the endorphins with laughter -and smiling as well-is it doesn't even have to be genuine. You can do a fake smile or fake laugh and the result is the same. Actors do it all the time.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      A good laugh always does wonders for my mood! It lift my spirit and relive tension. Laughing and good health definitely goes hand in hand. Wonderful read and hilarious videos!

      Dexter, you made me laugh with this hub! Thanks! Rated up, awesome and funny.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dex, laughter is medicine and I have just had a good dose! an awesome hub and the videos are hilarious:-)

      Great stuff, voted up and very funny:-)

      Take care, Lesley

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hey Fuller-Life! Great to see you. Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Fuller-Life 5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Dexter, thanks for this interesting hub. It's very funny. I laughed my way out of bed. I think I needed it.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Faithful Daughter! Great to see you! The Marx Brothers had a way of making people laugh that was out of this world. I can see why you were laughing hysterically!

      I guess I would rather see someone laughing hysterically (and maybe even streaking naked in a park) than being angry and trying to hurt or kill another person!

      Great story! Thank you so much!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Cardisa with the lovely voice! Thanks and keep on laughing!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi BPop! It is always so good to see you! That video is something else! Thank you!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Pjpitts! Thanks! There IS nothing better than a good laugh! Yes!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Hazelwood! Thanks for visiting and the wonderful comments! Laughter has cured me many times! Thanks for sharing this!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Beth! Agreed! Yes, words of wisdom! Thank you!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi b.Malin! Thank you so much. And as you know, I get a big kick out of YOUR Condo renovations!!!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi SonQuioey! The world would be kinda messed up! Thanks for laughing with me!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi AE! That one was funny, huh? Glad I could give you a chuckle! Thank you!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Paralegalpro! Thank you and thanks for visiting! Glad I could help!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Iamaudraleigh! Thanks for visiting! Thank you so much!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Dr. BJ! Thanks. I am just a mere pittance when it comes to providing laughter as compared to you. But I try!

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comments - as always!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Fpher! Yes, laughter is our friend! Thanks!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Will! Yes! Absolutely!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Suzie! Thanks! I don't know! Maybe because it is so against social norms to do it in public that when it is done, people either frown or laugh - and both end up being hilarious!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Donna! Great! I am glad I could help!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Katrinasui! You are always so kind. Thank you so very much!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Sunshine! Thanks and you as well!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Melovy! Yes. Isn't it great to see children laugh? Glad you all had fun! Thanks!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Rastamermaid! Oh, I am so happy it made you laugh! Thanks!

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      Evi Lopez 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Ha, ha, ha! These videos are so funny! Great hub Dexter! I always knew that laughter was good for your heart but you brought up many other benefits I didn't know about. What about hysterical laughter? Is hysterical laughter a sign of madness?

      Ok, let me explain. Just the other day I was having one of those crazy days where nothing goes right, ya know… one of those days. I tuned in to one of the Marx Brothers movies on TV and suddenly, like someone flipped a switch, I began laughing hysterically at their antics. I couldn't stop laughing. Is that a sign of madness or insanity? Well, the way I see it, it's better than streaking naked in a park, wouldn't you say?

      Voted up and funny!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Still laughing Dexter, still laughing! The videos were hilarious. Very awesome hub!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      The fart video won't stop playing! Now that's funny!!!!! Up and awesome and of course funny!

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      pjpitts 5 years ago from United States

      you gave me a good laugh with this hub and the videos! There is nothing better than a good laugh, thanks for writing this!