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Shall We Lol?

Updated on March 9, 2012


Those who enjoy silly humour are one-third more likely to be happy than those who do not.

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. ~Gordon W. Allport

This world does not laugh enough. BUT! And just because i am a hopeless romantic, or the type who never loses hope on mankind, i see the rise of virtual laughter, or 'Lol'ling or 'lots of laugh', or 'laugh out loud' via social networking. I love whenever someone lol's in facebook, text's or Tweets it. So, the more lols everyone gives away will be the making of happier homes, communities and ultimately our planet. So, Lol away everyone!

We must, and i mean, must, LAUGH. And you ask, what's there to laugh about? It's hard to imagine how people are coping these days with bad news coming from every corner of the world. Stress and worry are at an all time high, so many are suffering from mental illness. We must laugh.

My best memory on the value of laughter was my daily lunches with my five girl cousins, whose home was a stone's throw away from school. They lived rather simply, but they were the happiest people i knew. They sang happy and funny songs, joked and teased each other, danced without shame, and surprisingly, enjoyed doing chores. In my young mind, those images made indelible marks. It was then that i realized, life was not about having a lot of money, nor was it about everything going right. It was about making the best of what you have and valueing those you love. Laughter is too valuable to ignore. Scientific evidence prove that laughing improves health, lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, increase muscle power, enhance learning, and boost immunity. Laughter releases endorphins inside our bodies that makes us healthier and happier, and there are no side effects. Studies with hundred of adults established a direct correlation between happiness and humour. The ability to laugh, whether at life itself or at a good joke, is a source of satisfaction.

Laughter is now widely used to improve health. Patients at Duke University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center have been learning about the benefits of laughter since 1976. By giving patients opportunities to create, laugh, and play, Duke’s Oncology Recreation Therapy Program matches medical care with music, games, arts and crafts, and laughter. Laughter puts patients in a more positive frame of mind about their situation and treatment, and it helps them combat fear, fatigue, nausea, and sleeplessness.

The first documented case of laughter improving health was done in 1964 by Norman Cousins. He calls laughter "internal jogging." Cousins had been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, an experience that had led him to question Western medicine. Cousins found the treatments suggested by his doctors to be totally lacking, so he checked himself out of the hospital and checked into a hotel. From here on, he literally laughed himself back to health. He found that 15 minutes of hearty laughter produced two hours of pain-free sleep for him. He immersed himself in only funny movies and television shows. He enjoyed every one of the Charlie Chaplin movies, and watched "Candid Camera" episodes until his sides hurt, laughing. His illness disappeared. From this experience, he wrote an enlightening book, "Anatomy of an Illness."

Natural Humour

Naturopath Avah Sparks explains, “In my work I bring humour to the tragedy of life. I help people laugh at their own humanity, their imperfections. When people embrace their own imperfections they let go of the need to protect their image. Life’s more fun. People are healthier.”The ability to laugh at a situation can foster a positive and hopeful attitude. Humour gives us a sense of perspective on our problems.

Laughter on the Web

Laughter resources on the web are plentiful, such as local laughter club at One can find plenty of good information and resources for laughter at At there's an extensive list of research resources for humour associations and publications, and other resources when one needs a laugh.

The Bible suggests that we keep a happy heart to stay healthy: "A cheerful heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit makes one sick." Proverbs 17:22

Remember Chaplin:...

Remember those who made us laugh, like comedian Charlie Chaplin? Why the big success? A gifted man who's working life in entertainment spanned over 75 years. Chaplin started out at the Victorian stage and the Music Hall in the United Kingdom, as a child performer almost until his death at the age of 88. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Chaplin the 10th greatest male actor of all time. In 2008, Martin Sieff in a review of the book Chaplin: A Life, wrote: "Chaplin was not just 'big', he was gigantic. In 1915, Chaplin burst onto a war-torn world bringing it the gift of comedy, laughter and relief while it was tearing itself apart through WW1. Over the next 25 years, through the Great Depression and the rise of Hitler, he stayed on the job. It is doubtful any individual has ever given more entertainment, pleasure and relief to so many human beings when they needed it the most. And there were others, like Lucille Ball, who made the world laugh, on the tube, night after night. Their gift of humor did many of us a whole lot of good. We can certainly use a lot of it now. So, laugh!

Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin

Laughter is used as a signal for being part of a group — it signals acceptance and positive interactions with others.

Laughter is defined as an audible expression or appearance of happiness, or an inward feeling of joy. It may ensue as a psychological reaction from jokes, tickling, and other stimuli. It is found among animals, as well as in humans. It is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations. Laughter is used as a signal for being part of a group — it signals acceptance and positive interactions with others.

Common causes for laughter are sensations of joy and humor, however other situations may cause laughter as well. A general theory that explains laughter is called the relief theory. Sigmund Freud summarized it in his theory that laughter releases tension and "psychic energy". This theory is one of the justifications of the beliefs that laughter is beneficial for one's health. This theory explains why laughter can be as a coping mechanism for when one is upset, angry or sad.

Laugh Medicine

Many studies have been done to prove, laughter can reduce the levels of chronic stress in our body, enhance our lifespan, boost immune system function, protect our nervous system and sanity, and give our endocrine system a much-needed rest.

Laughter is a healing activity. Remember the movie called "Patch Adams," about a real life doctor who uses laughter as healing?

Laughter moves lymph and oxygenates our organs. At the biophysical level, laughter moves lymph fluid around your body simply by the convulsions we experience during the process of laughing; so it boosts immune system function and helps clear out old, dead waste products from organs and tissues.

Laughter increases oxygenation of our body at both the cellular and organ level. By laughing, we intake vast amounts of oxygen in huge gulps, and we repeat this process in a sort of temporary hyperventilation session. This is the natural result of laughter, and if we watch someone laugh, we will notice these biophysical effects.

Why is oxygen important for us? Oxygen is one of the primary catalysts for biological energy in the human body. We breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, so oxygen is an element of intracellular energy that's absolutely necessary to sustain human life.

It's also important to note that cancer cells are destroyed in the presence of oxygen. In fact, many parasites and bacteria don't survive well in the presence of oxygen, and to the extent that we can circulate extra oxygen throughout our body, we can help prevent, or in some cases treat, these diseases.

This is one reason why we see an increasing number of so-called "oxygen bars" in the United States and other countries. People enjoy going to these bars and breathing a much higher concentration of oxygen, because they say it gives them greater mental clarity.

Laughing boost the circulation of our blood; exercising abdominal muscles, the muscles of the face; and enhancing the flexibility of various joints throughout the body.

The harder we laugh, the greater the effect. If we can find a way to put ourselves into a state of rolling, outrageous laughter, we're going to get a fantastic physical workout from it.

Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball


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    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you Admiral Joraxx!LOL!!!

    • Admiral_Joraxx profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines

      Wow, there is indeed a pretty good reason to laugh. Then maybe people will be a lot healthier if they will practice a daily laughter routine. Great hub! 1 vote up and beautiful!

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      Mauricio Rodriguez 

      9 years ago from Bogota DC, Colombia

      I laugth about any thing!

      =) Interesting hub thnx for sharing.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm glad you enjoyed Sandy!

    • Sandyspider profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Loved the laugh. Great work!

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks aefrancisco and Mrs Moneypants!

    • Mrs. Moneypants profile image

      Mrs. Moneypants 

      9 years ago from Canada and other places

      What a lovely hub. Your thoughts and comments are informative and insightful. Thank you very much.

    • aefrancisco profile image


      9 years ago from somewhere down the road

      thanks for sharing.

      LAUGhTER is the best medicine :)

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks too for 'enjoying' this little hub, Swifty!

    • SwiftlyClean profile image


      9 years ago from Texas

      Lucy was my fav, But of course I love comedies more than any movie.Laughter is good for the soul it keeps you young. Thanks for the great read.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you very much Cagsil! More than anything, i think i'm really preaching to myself. But, you're right, we do need more humor in our planet.

    • Cagsil profile image


      9 years ago from USA or America

      Very nicely done Islandvoice. You presented a well written Hub and extremely informative. It's nice to see someone pick a topic that really lacks in the World today. Thank you so much. :)

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Jenblacksheep! Glad to know this hub helped you laugh. Thanks for the visit and ok.

    • jenblacksheep profile image


      9 years ago from England

      Hey IV. Was looking for something entertaining to cheer me up and this definitely did it. I feel inspired to search youtube for random funny clips to make me laugh!

      Great hub!

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Duchess. I'm glad it helped you some.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      Great Hub IslandVoice. I needed this reminder.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Yes, Dibacratus. Thanks for visiting.

    • divacratus profile image

      Kalpana Iyer 

      9 years ago from India

      Laughter is indeed the best medicine!

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Welcome Paradise 7! Thanks for coming by.

    • Paradise7 profile image


      9 years ago from Upstate New York

      Terrific hub. So RIGHT! Thank you.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Lady E, yes! Laughter do keep us young. Thanks for coming by and for commenting! Let's laugh!!!

    • Lady_E profile image


      9 years ago from London, UK

      Yes, lets laugh. I enjoyed your Hub. Laughter is good and I love people who have a good sense of humour. Have you noticed such people always have a certain warmth to them and never look their age? Thanks for sharing. :)

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Ripplemaker, i'm sure you have much to laugh about! Just go to facebook, hahaha!

    • ripplemaker profile image

      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Shall we laugh? Yes we shall! LOL Let's laugh! tee hee

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Ixwa,thanks for the visit and your input. People who know how to laugh are a wonderful breed. You are the communication expert, you must write on your own findings about how laughter is such a powerful means in being an effective communicator. I think i'm basically a happy person, and life's been good to me.

    • ixwa profile image


      9 years ago

      I love Chaplin. What you have written about is very important. I think its said when you smile or laugh you use less facial muscles than when one is serious or angry. One can tell from your healthy face that you are doing what you wrote about in your life: Laugh out Loud and lough a lot. You are one with a healthy Karma. Thanks for the great hub.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks G! I can't wait to 'laugh' with yah, all the way to your movies and concerts to the bank! Yup, love the Chaplin genius and Lucille's silly act. Send me the laughing video so i can post it here. Should have asked everyone to recommend the funniest videos huh? Hugs!

    • GPAGE profile image


      9 years ago from California

      IV! I LOVE this hub....Chaplin and Lucy were at the top of my list when I was a child. There is this adorable video of a laughing child and a dog. I will try to find for you. I put it on and was Great! Thanks for such a "lifting" hub. Best, GPAGE

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Tony, you are, from what i can tell, a very intense person, and you are justified about your concerns on many issues we all face. I think it will be cool if you occasionally take a break and as they say in Hawaii, 'shaka'! or Hang loose!

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      9 years ago from san diego calif

      IV you know I am a serious person and dont know how to laugh ! Maybe one of these years I might lighten up !:D However thank you for the reminder , cause you are right we all need to cut loose a little more these days !

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Dohn, laughter keeps me from getting insane, more than anything. It's medicinal, so it must help in keeping us feeling and looking young. I see your avatar, and can tell, you too know how to laugh! Thanks again for the visit and conversation.

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I love it, IslandVoice. This must be your secret for staying and looking so young! Thank you for sharing this with everyone.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Ken, i really feel a need for joy to help many of us cope nowadays.

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      Ken R. Abell 

      9 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thanks for sharing some smiles & laughter. As the cliche says, laughter really is the best medicine.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks creativeone! Alway's a pleasure to get a visit from you!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank for you hub on laughter and happiness, thank you for sharing. creativeone59


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