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Laughter is Medicine: Funny Practical Jokes

Updated on April 28, 2012

Laughter is Medicine: Funny Practical Jokes

By Dexter Yarbrough. Have you ever felt a great deal of stress, anxiety or pain? Have you ever experienced a feeling of being cleansed after a good laugh? Laughter provides a physical and emotional release. Research has shown that the health benefits of laughing are far-ranging. Laughter can help relieve pain, reduce depression and bring greater happiness.

Laughter takes the focus away from stress, anger, guilt and negative emotions in a beneficial way. Studies show that laughter reduces the level of stress hormones such as cortisol, dopamine and adrenaline. Laughter increases the number of antibody producing cells as well as health enhancing hormones like endorphines and neurotransmitters. In essence, this means fewer physical effects of stress and a stronger immune system.

Stress Management

Studies show that our response to stressful events can be altered by whether we view something as a threat or a challenge. Humor gives us the option of seeing situations as challenges, therefore making them less threatening and more positive.

There is no shortage of laughter opportunities on your TV or personal computer via the web. Watching truly hilarious shows and clips is an easy way to get laughter into your life whenever you need it.

The following short videos are funny, practical jokes that help get you in a better mood. So, enough reading! Let's start laughing! Enjoy! - Dexter Yarbrough

Would You Look At This!

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    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Momster! I am glad you were able to have a great laugh! Thank YOU!

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      momster 

      6 years ago

      The video of the fart pranks was a great morning laugh. Thanks for sharing the laughter.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Mary! Thanks so much! Laughter is a beautiful thing!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi DzyMsLizzy! You and I are a lot alike! I also am a practical joker and love clean fun! It must have been wonderful growing up with you!

      Thanks so much!

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      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      LOL I've been a practical joker most of my life. Learned from the best: my dad! He and I pulled some great ones on my mom. One family tradition involved someone getting a fake gag gift at christmas...old curtains, or a box of logs...that kind of thing.

      April Fool was always my favorite day. One time, my mom didn't appreciate the humor of my replacing the contents of the sugar bowl with salt...once she took a sip of her coffee and discovered the prank...

      Voted up and funny!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      This was a good Hub to end the day. I needed a good laugh, and you did it.

      I voted it UP and Funny.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Moonlake! I would probably love your aunt! Thanks for commenting! And the vote up!

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Very funny I missed this hub. I have an aunt that has always pulled jokes on people not mean jokes just funny ones. She is the funniest person and every loves her. Voted Up.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Sooner! Yes! Your comment is very true! Thank you!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Kevin! Sorry it took so long to respond. I am glad you enjoyed it. Time to get rid of stress.

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      Sooner28 

      6 years ago

      I really think humor is undervalued in a lot of sticky situations. I'm glad you can see that there is value in it. Voted up.

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      kevin.howell 

      6 years ago from Maysville KY

      Good hub! I struggle with stress a lot. Smiling can break the cycle of anger. Thanks for Sharing!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Tammy! Thanks for checking out my hub and following me! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Laughter truly is a great medicine!

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      Tammy 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      OMG... I laughed so hard I had to sit down. You have a wonderful variety of hubs.. I will be going through them in the next few days.. Very intriguing. You did a great job with this. I LOVE the funny stuff!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi b.Malin! Thank you so much! Laughter is much better than being depressed!

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Laughter is Truly the Best Medicine, and I just got two doses by reading your Hub, and Looking at those Videos. Dexter, you are a Fun, Talented Man!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Anglnwu! You are always so generous and kind with your comments. I am glad you got a good laugh! Thanks for everything.

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      anglnwu 

      7 years ago

      I've to say you just brighten my day with your hub. Laughter makes a light heart and the videos are too funny. Thanks for sharing and rating it up.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Eiddwen! I am so happy that this hub made you laugh!!! Thanks!

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Up up and away for this gem Ha ha ha !!!

      Thank you so much for sharing and lautghter is indeed the best medicine !!

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Sunshine! Thank you so much! Laughter really is great medicine!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Bring on the fun! The more the merrier when it comes to laughter. I appreciate your humor! Hilarious videos! :)

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Felicity! Oh, so true! Laughter keeps me from crying sometimes - and it really is a health benefit. Thanks for your great comments!

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      felicitylovespari 

      7 years ago

      Laughter truly is a great medicine. Nothing beats full out, out of breath, tears streaming out of your face laughter.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Ubanichijioke! Thank you so much. Laughter can really help a weeping soul! I appreciate the vote up!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      I agree with you. Laughter is a true medicine for the aching soul[s]. Always happy to read this. Voted up, funny and useful

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Faithful Daughter, I think you should take up comedy! Your comments are hilarious! Thanks!

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      Evie Lopez 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Would you look at that? If I'd had known that letting out a few cheek-squeezed whistles and toots would evacuate a Walmart isle full of people on cell phones and kids jumping and running around, I would have done it a long time ago. Thanks for the gut-wrenching laughter. Oops! I think something escaped me!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      lol!

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      Lesleysherwood 

      7 years ago

      It worked

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Lesley! My aim is to get folks laughing and smiling!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks Ms, Dee. Glad you liked it!

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      Lesleysherwood 

      7 years ago

      Ha Ha ha ha. Dexter, you know just how to find the funny videos on youtube. I love your hubs... thank you. lol

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      Deidre Shelden 

      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      LOL! That second video got me chuckling! Great hub topic--thanks for posting this :)

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Movie Master! Glad you enjoyed it. Laughter IS good medicine!

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dex, You're right laughter is medicine and I have just had a good dose!

      The video 'Would you look at this' is hilarious! thanks for sharing.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Would you look at that? Thanks Sunnie! I appreciate you so much!

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      Good Morning Dexter my Friend,

      Well you certainly made me laugh out loud this morning..Would you look at that? You are just awesome...lol

      Sunnie

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Pop! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I am laughing so hard I don't even care that's it 110 degrees outside~ Up and funny!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Alright!

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      feenix 

      7 years ago

      Dexter,

      Much better, my good friend. That ...... was scaring me.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Ha ha ha!

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      feenix 

      7 years ago

      I mean, like, that home boy looks like of those Haitian zombies. ;-)

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Feenix! Just my funny side taking over!

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      feenix 

      7 years ago

      Dexter,

      Whassup wi' da new picture, my brother?

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Laughter is a great thing, Feenix! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      feenix 

      7 years ago

      Dexter, terrific hub! So professional. So clever. So funny.

      It is early morning and this post is helping me to start my day on the right foot.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Denise. I am so glad you enjoyed it!

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hilarious! I was in tears. Great hub.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Ashantina! That guy is really funny. The little girl with him makes it even funnier! I will change these up and put on some other funny practical jokes.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi, Rastamermaid! Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Ashantina 

      7 years ago

      Hey Dexter, I just had to come back for another dose of Gary the 'dead ghost' babysitter!! Thank you for sooo much for sharing this :) Epic!!

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      Rastamermaid 

      7 years ago from Universe

      Great hub!

      Laughter is great medicine!

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Brinafr3sh! I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you!

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      Brinafr3sh 

      7 years ago from West Coast, United States

      These videos was hilarious, with Tracy Morgan ha ha ha. I got my dose of medicine today which is laughter Thanks Dexter Yarbrough (voted up, funny) :)

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile imageAUTHOR

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi 6hotfingers! Thanks for your kind comments.

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      6hotfingers3 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for this hub. I agree laughter is a great way to manage life. I use it as a stress management tool. I try to look at one funny show a day. AFV is my medicine for laughter. Thank you for writing a hub on such a great topic that leads to good results.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Ashantina, I am so glad you enjoyed my hub! I was in tears when I first saw it as well. I will certainly check out your favorite comedians hub.

      Thanks!

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      Ashantina 

      7 years ago

      Im in tears over here.. and that last dude on scare tactics!!! :))

      You gotta check out Ed Bassmaster on youtube.. and come check out my hub on 'my favourite comedians'.

      up/funny!!

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