ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Laugh Your Way to Health and Happiness

Updated on January 12, 2015

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?"


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?


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


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)