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The Beauty of Laughter!

Updated on October 02, 2015

The Beauty of Laughter!

Laughter is such a wonderful bravura expression! When it comes from deep within it can help to release inner tensions. The ventromedial prefrontal cortex is activated by laughter and produces endorphins in the brain after responding to a rewarding activity according to modern neurophysiology! Laughter can be medicine for the soul!


Life can get quite serious. There are times when you may not be able to see far down the road. When that is the case take it day by day! Think about something simple you could do in the moment, now, today, to bring a ray of sunshine your way and share it with someone else! Don’t let a moment or season in time define your entire life! Find something in all of it to make you laugh!



Did you know that when someone is going through, or grieving that one of the best things that you can do is allow them to freely express themselves. Let them have a good cry and then wait for an appropriate moment to make them laugh! Tell them a simple funny story or bring to mind an amusing event they experienced in memory of their love one. If you don’t know one, simply encourage them to share one! Humor lets them release inner tension as well as emotional pain and stress! It can also serve to put them at ease and help them relax!

JOY is a part of the Fruit of the Spirit! There is an overwhelming inner cheerfulness that brings contentment from knowing the Lord! How interesting Nehemiah tells us “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the Joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8

Some people are super ticklish and just the thought of being tickled can make them laugh hysterically! This type of laughter can be contagious uncontrollably infectious! Joy and humor cause laughter! Laughter is a universal language!


Getology is the study of laughter! There is much documented research going on to study and analyze the validity of laughter! How does it impact one’s mental state?


There is humor therapy, laughter therapy as well as laughter meditation! The ability to laugh naturally can lift one from depression. Focusing on a pleasant situation and allowing yourself the freedom to respond. Telling a joke or watching a great comedy show or funny movie is wonderful. It brings joy to the soul. Notice how children roar during a good cartoon as well as adults!


According to the American Cancer Society, laughter has been use throughout history to bring about healing! “Humor has been used in medicine throughout recorded history. One of the earliest mentions of the health benefits of humor is in the book of Proverbs in the Bible. As early as the thirteenth century, some surgeons used humor to distract patients from the pain of surgery. Humor was also widely used and studied by the medical community in the early twentieth century. In more modern times, the most famous story of humor therapy involved Norman Cousins, then editor of the Saturday Review . According to the story, Mr. Cousins cured himself of an unknown illness with a self-invented regimen of laughter and vitamins.”



Sometimes you can laugh so hard that it can bring tears to your eyes! Norman Cousins suffered from arthritis! Through love, using mega doses of vitamin C, faith, hope and humor he improved his condition! He actually watched the Marx Brother old classic films. He actually said, “I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep," he reported. "When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we would switch on the motion picture projector again and not infrequently, it would lead to another pain-free interval."


Like crying over spilled milk! You can’t put it back in the glass. Well let me see you could try… But it really is better if you just pour another one! Well what if it was your last glass. WELL! Hurry GO get a paper towel and wipe it up, now squeeze the milk back into your glass! Ha! Ha! Ha! We can not undo what has been done! But we can always TRY AGAIN!


Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say again: REJOICE! Let your gentleness be evident to ALL. The LORD is near. DO NOT be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with THANKSGIVING, present your request to GOD. And the PEACE of GOD, which transcends ALL understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in CHRIST JESUS..." Philippians 4.

How much would laughter cost if we really could bottle it up and then pour it in a glass? It really is priceless!

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      I agree. Laughter is good for the mind, body and soul, Deborrah.

      It is now used for healing..yes!!

      Thank you for this lovely hub.

      Peace and blessings,

      Melinda

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      You are right! Laughter is priceless! I love your last line there.

      I truly enjoyed this DeBorrah. It jives very well with what I wrote about laughter too. Please go check my hub on laughter. Maybe we can link up. What do you think?

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      h.a.borcich 6 years ago

      Laughter is the best medicine I am sure of it! If we can find the humor in a situation it instantly becomes more managable and quickly :) Holly

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Melinda, Laughter really is great for the "mind, body and soul!" You are so welcome! Thank you for stopping by to share! In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Jill of Alltrades! It really is priceless! So glad you enjoyed this!

      I agree! Great idea! I think it does jive with your hub! I have already added the link!

      In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

      I did a hub on laughter sometime ago. Indeed, laughter is good for the health. Nice hub with interesting and colourful pictures. Keep laughing. It is good for the mind, body and soul. Remain blessed.

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Norman Cousins has always been an inspiration! Your hub has reminded me and I assume many readers to also use laughter as therapy for emotional and even physical wellness. Enjoyed reading the part on how it affects the brain.

      Blessings to you! :)

      Marie

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      pisean282311 6 years ago

      yup..laughter is best stress buster , good for health ..nice hub..

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      itakins 6 years ago from Irl

      Laughter really is the best medicine and can be so contagious-and it's free:)

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      edguider 6 years ago

      Going to laugh more often now, even though I have bad days sometimes, I will put in the effort to smile :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      H. A. Borcich, Great insight! Thank you for stopping by to share. In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Philipo, Thank you for stopping by to share! I must visit your hub as well... Yes! it is wonderful for the body, mind and soul! Laughter is truly priceless! In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      VioletSun, Nice of you to stop by! Yes! Laughter really does attribute to your well-being! Thank you for sharing, In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Pisean282311, Laughter really is wonderful for your health! As well as a "stress buster" as you say! Thank you for sharing! Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      itakins, It really is infectious! It only costs a smile!:-)!

      Peace & Blessing!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      I enjoyed reading this Hub. Thanks for reminding us about the benefits of laughter. I love to laugh and it certainly helps lighten the atmosphere.

      P/s permit me to share a Christian joke with you:

      A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17."

      The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying."

      Thanks for a great Hub. :)

      Best Wishes, Elena

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      esllr 6 years ago

      DeBorrah when I laugh, I make sure it's even in times of chaos. I believe trials and tribulations are test.

      Just say to the Lord. "That was a good one" But I know Your still here with Me" and HE will go with you through the trouble to the happiness and endless gratitude.

      God Bless (Smiling:)!

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      Greenlily 6 years ago from Philippines

      Yes DeBorrah I like what you write here. Laughter indeed can heal. The Bible can't be wrong in saying "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones."

      Thank you for another good article Deb!

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      ellinor 6 years ago

      The benefits of laughter is so good, nice hub -thankyou

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      sarovai 6 years ago

      There is no alternative medicine to laugh. But very few recognise the same. "The ability to laugh naturally can lift one from depression." It is true and it should be realised, not by forcing.Thank u for sharing.

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      coffeesnob 6 years ago

      DeBorrah

      I love to laugh. Those time of wonderful rip-roaring, gut juiggling laughter are such good medicine. I learned a new word here too - gelotology never heard the word before. How cool. Actually the word itself makes me laugh. LOL

      Thanks for this

      CS

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      ezzy1512 6 years ago

      Laughter really heals.

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      Christine 6 years ago from Michigan

      Laughter is definitely good medicine!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Edguider! Great! It may be a little harder; but try laughing a little in the "evenings" on those bad days! LOL

      Peace & Blessings!

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Great and interesting hub indeed. This hub reminds me of the importance of laughter in one's life. The Word of God indeed commanded us to rejoice always. Thank you for sharing this here at Hubpages.Remain blessed always.Best regards.

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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      Gelotology, now that's a word I haven't heard before? Sounds like a great study word! A word that brings you more joy:) As some say; "Laughter is The best medicine!" I love that song too, "Rejoice in the Lord Always." It seems when we focus on God, especially in song, our hearts are lifted:) Super Hub! Good Job:)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Lady E, Laughter really is so wonderful! There is nothing quite like it really! It really is the best medicine! Great joke! Please feel free to add more for all to enjoy! Thank you for stopping by to share, it is always delightful to hear from you! Much Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Esllr That is really one of the best times to have a good laugh! Laughter is a stress breaker! It is during "trials and tribulations" our character is further developed! It is also an opportunity to enlist the Fruit of the Spirit!

      It really can be quite comforting knowing He will never leave or forsake you! Thank you for sharing your wonderful insight! In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Greenlily, Great! So glad you enjoyed this! Yes laughter certainly can bring about healing! It is medicine for the mind, body and soul! Amen! The Bible does not lie! You are point on! Thank you for sharing, I have enjoyed your visit as well!

      In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Ellinor, Yes! There really are so many benefits! Thank you! In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Savorai! Laughter really is an important aspect of life! Its a necessary prescription in order to have a well balanced life! Yes! I agree it must be a genuine natural response! Thank you for stopping by to share, in His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      hubmu 6 years ago from BN

      reading your hub make me happy, thanks

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Thank you DeBorrah for this wonderful Hub!!! I love to laugh, it's better than fighting!!! lol, lol, lol, I love your smile on your pic as well! When I look at you, it makes me happy!! Be Blessed my friend, ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Coffesnob! Yes! Yes! Life can get quite serious at times! We must embrace laughter! It is wonderful medicine for mind, body and soul! So glad you enjoyed this! You are quite welcome! Thank you for stopping by to share! Make sure you have a good roaring laugh. Oh! Remember to read Mark 17!

      See Lady E's comment! In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Ezzy1522, It really does!!! Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Kristeen, Yes indeed! God Bless!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Cristina, So nice to see you here! I pray your Wedding plans are going well... Remember to REJOICE with lots of laughter! Thank you for stopping by to share! In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Heart4theWord, Getology is a Great study! I thought it an interesting, invaluable and excellent concept too! How wonderful the study of Laughter! The word itself evokes laughter GEE-tology! I associate it with GLEE! Yes! We must learn as the Word says: "REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS!" Thank you for sharing! May the JOY of the Lord be your strength! In His Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      hubmu, So glad! What a funny avatar! Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      DrpastorCarlotta, You are quite welcome! Life can get quite serious! I too LOVE a good laugh! You are so right, "it beats fighting" anyday! It is medicine for the soul! Thank you soooo much! Have a wonderfully Blessed Day as you sincerely go forth helping others in the Lord! REJOICE! May the Lord fill you with His JOY & PEACE! MUCH LOVE TO YOU AS WELL, BLESSINGS!!!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Gelotology! Who knew!? This article is wonderfully made, my dear. Laughter is one of the best things on Earth. I love to laugh. I love to make others laugh, which I do quite a lot. Thank you for an excellent piece and a needful reminder.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Superb hub, everyone should read this! Smiling and laughter are free gifts we can give to anyone with rewarding results! While I'm at work in the dialysis clinic, one of my goals for the day is to make eye contact with each patient and give them a warm smile and what a difference it makes in their treatment!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      James A Watkims, Thank you, professor! Indeed it is! It is the bridge to HAPPINESS & JOY! I too enjoy a good laugh! So I see... you are sharing another gift you have? A smile goes a long way! Thank you for sharing as always it has been delightful! In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Creativelycc, Thank You! Yes I agree! The world would be a better place if we gave away more gifts of laughter! How thoughtful of you to make personal contact with each patient that has to endure dialysis! Wonderful daily goal! I am sure it brightens their day it must be personally rewarding! Thank you for stopping by to share! In His Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Girlfriend, you KNOW I love to laugh and to make others laugh, as well! Great hub!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Habee, Yes I do! You are Special! Keep being who you are!!! I added a link to you Hilarious Hub with the Dog eating with his hands! Take care! Thank you so much for stopping by to share! In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you Mr.s Deborrah for a magnificent hub. This is beautiful and the pictures of the happy children bring joy to hearts. God Bless You Sweet Heart Of Hearts.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Stars439, So glad to hear that you are inspired by this! Have a wonderful day and make sure You, Joanne and Becky share some JOYFUL laughter! Please Check out the link above to Habee's hub on, "The Dog That Eats With His Hands!"

      In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      Allen Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

      DeBorrah, fantastic hub! No one will ever know the amount of laughter that occurs in my household on a daily basis. My wife and children are extremely entertaining, and in Christ, everything is joy. We have found that many of our friends and family are attracted to our home when they are feeling down because they know they will find laughter here. It truly is the best medicine. I think I'm going to go take some now. The only side effect of overconsumption is a side ache. Peace.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      A M Werner, Thank You! I can relate! I am most thankful that we have always had a humorous & joyful household! All of our children are now married but when we all get together we have an exceptional wonderful time! We too have always attracted those who are "feeling down"... Laughter and Music have always been an intregal part of our home!

      Thank you for sharing and continue to let your Light for the Lord shine brightly! In His Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Wonderful! Even reading the word 'laughter' puts a smile on my fast. I'm so glad you mentioned that laughter was and always will be a part of your life with your family. Likewise when I get around my good people - I know we are going to laugh and it feels so good.

      Gelotology? I've learned something new. Thanks so much. Rated up of course - and more.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      BkCreative, Thank you! So glad that this brings a smile to your face! Laughter is so very important! With all you healthy hubs I am sure you know this! I too am thankful that when "I get around my good people" we have a really great time that includes much laughter! As a matter a fact a few are on the way right NOW...

      You are quite welcome! Thank you for stopping by to share!

      Always nice to hear from you! In His Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi DeBorrah,

      I already added the link back to you. This is great!

      God bless!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Hi Jill, Yes this is really great! I hope everyone who reads this hub links over to your wonderful hub: "Laugh and the World Laughs with You!"(see link above!)

      More laughter awaits! You will certainly get a double treat! ENJOY!

      Jill, thank you for sharing, In His Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      kazeemjames01 6 years ago

      Laughter is a healing balm.

      Thanks for sharing this inspiring and educative hub

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      KazeemJames, As you say; "Laughter is a healing balm." Thank you for stopping by to share, Peace & Blessings!

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      dealrocker 6 years ago from California

      Nice hub! You are absolutely right. Laughter is remedy to all problems. Great pictures. Liked your other hubs too! Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Dealrocker, Laughter really is medicine for the soul! Thank you for stopping by to share your comments are appreciated! Peace & Blessings!

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Great hub and message - if we all laughed and laughed out loud how better would we all feel? :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Billyaustindillon, Thank You! I am sure; once you have a good laugh you would feel a lot better! Thank you for stopping by to share! Peace & Blessings!

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      Robert E Smith 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I agree with the medical benefits of laughter. I don't know about laughter as meditation but I guess people try anything to get them to focus more. Great hub sister. LOL

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      Research Analyst 6 years ago

      I heard we live longer the more we laugh, joy is a healthy thing.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Nobody, Laughter is great medicine for the soul! Life can get serious sometimes... Make sure you have a dose of laughter each day! The "JOY" we have in the Lord is a gift! The world cannot take it away! His unspeakable Joy can make you laugh from deep within! God Bless you brother! Thank you for stopping by to share! In His Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Research Analyst, Yes! Laughter really does do wonders for the soul! Thank you for stopping by to visit and share! In HIS Love, Peace, JOY & Blessings!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      the beauty of laughter can be found here at any one of your hubs - and the beauty of wisdom too - I am here learning - laughing and I am excited!

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      nikki1 6 years ago

      I agree :D.. ha ha ha ha ha

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      ss sneh 6 years ago from the Incredible India!

      Hi! Laughter can indeed make your life span longer! - Thanks

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Epigramman, I am excited that you see the "Beauty of laughter!" Thank you for stopping by to share! Please do come again... In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Nikki1, Thank you for sharing your laughter, In His Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      SS sneh, Yes! Laughter does wonders for the soul! Thank you for stopping by, Peace & Blessings!

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      A nice reminder not to take everything so seriously. Enjoyed your article and glad I found you today.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Pegcole, Life can be serious! But we still can ENJOY it! LAUGHTER is Medicine for the soul!

      Thank you for stopping by to share! So glad you are encouraged! Please do come again! In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      debwalker 6 years ago from New England USA

      Fantastic hub! It's so easy to forget to laugh when things are difficult. But you really do feel better after a good laugh. I am putting a link to this hub on my site called thetraumarecoverysite.com .

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      debwalker, Thank You! Laughter really is medicine for the mind, body and soul! Thank you for stopping by to share! Please do come again! WONDERFUL! In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      sriparna 6 years ago from New Delhi

      Excellent hub! Reading this hub is so refreshing. Just by grabbing a quality, unadulterated laughter in a day boosts our energy level and keeps all our worries aside. I am linking this hub to one of mine - on serotonin levels and happiness.

      Thank you for writing such a nice hub!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Sriparna, Why Thank You!! So glad you were refreshed and ENCOURAGED!!! LAUGHTER is wonderful and YES! "It boosts our energy level!" Thank you for stopping by to share! Please do come again! In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Yes ur totally right that laughter is so beneficial for health. in Delhi go to any paek in morning you would find people doing yoga in groups in one thing they do is laugh uncontroablly at end of session as they say it clears body of negative toxins

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Sweetie, I so agree! LAUGHTER truly is wonderful for the mind, body and soul! Delhi seems like such a wonderful place! Thank you for stopping by to share your comments! In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      EIRENEJOY 6 years ago

      I LOVE THIS N STAND FOR IT AM APERSONEL TESTIMONY IT HAS ALWAYS HEALED ME N I LOVE TO DO ALWAYS

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      EIRENEJOY, Thank you for stopping by to share! God Bless!

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      EnergyAdvisor 6 years ago from The nearest planet to Venus

      So much truth in here:) Thanks for sharing this inspiring laugh:) (voted up of course)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      EnergyAdvisor, Thank You! So glad you have been inspired! Thank you for stopping by to share! Please do come again! In HIS Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!l

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      This was a wonderful and comprehensive hub about the benefits of laughter. I didn't know there was a name for the study of laughter- gelotology.

      I particularly liked your advice for someone who is grieving- let them cry and then surprise them by saying something to make them laugh. Yes, that would relieve tension in a positive way.

      Thanks for sharing this great hub.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Happyboomernurse, Thank You! You are so welcome! Laughter truly is wonderful medicine for the soul!

      Thank you for stopping by to share! Please do come again. In HIS, Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      readthispants 6 years ago from My Happy Place

      Fantastic Hub! People are always underestimating the importance of a good laugh... perhaps you could check out my hub on laughter and maybe we can link up? I think they tie in well together. Thanks!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Readthispants, Great & Thank YOU! I have added your link as well! The more the merrier! Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      readthispants 6 years ago from My Happy Place

      Anytime! Great hubs need to be shared. All the best!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Readthispants, Again Thank you for sharing!God Bless!!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Laughter is the best medicine there is. Great hub.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, Thank You! Laughter really is Wonderful medicine for the soul! In HIS Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      trimar7 6 years ago from New York

      Your inner peace from having a relationship with the Lord shines through in your article. Beautifully written and so true.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Trimar, THANK YOU! There is much inner peace as we draw closer to the LORD! I am so thankful that this has touch you. What comes from the heart touches the heart! God Bless You!

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share! Your kind thoughts are welcomed and appreciated! Please do come again! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      almasi 6 years ago

      Thanks for a beautiful hub. I have added your hub to my laughter hub.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Almasi, You are so welcome! I will add your hub to this as well! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

      God Bless YOU!

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Laughter is best medicine and in traditional Indian therapies, there is laughter therapy and in every park you go in morning you would find many people are laughing like crazy. it helps not only their lung and facial muscles but also take out toxins and negative energy from the body.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Sweetie, Yes! Laughter is medicine for the soul! Thank You for stopping by to share your thoughts! You are always welcome! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Glo L Bernadas 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us on this matter. Very valuable content. Great hub.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Glorgeousmom, You are so welcome! Laughter truly is medicine for the soul! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share! Please do come again! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Robert E Smith 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

      It's always amazing to me what makes people laugh. Someone will hear a word in the wrong place a slip of the tongue a pun and they roar. While others will simply note it and go on. Then some will only laugh when a banana peel is involved. How very odd to me. Now God talks about laughing at irony and says He will laugh at the calamity of those who reject Him. I have always restrained myself from those very moments because God says not to revel in the downfall of the wicked. I scratch my head and say Okay, I don't understand God's laughter and discouraging mine. I obey and figure I'll understand by and by. Wonderful hub. I thought I had commented on most of your hubs. This one must've slipped by. Thank you for reposting. Love you DeBbie.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Nobody, There is something so special about good clean humor and laughter that brings joy to the soul! The Word of God tells us that a "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones" Proverbs 17.

      Thank you Bob for taking the time to stop by and share, in HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Great hub. Laughter is such a great coping skill against the stresses of laugh. I think having a sense of humor is a sign of intelligence because you have to look at things from two sides. We all need to laugh more and not take ourselves so seriously. Very well done article. Rated up and awesome.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      toknowinfo, Thank You! What wonderful insight you have! I so agree! "We all need to laugh more..." Thank you for stopping by to share, Please do come again, In HIS Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Here lately, I have been laughing up a storm! lol, God knows what I need at times. GREAT HUB!!! Voted-Up! and Awesome!!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      DR PastorCarlotta, GREAT! The LORD wants us to be joyous! Life can get quite serious at times! But I KNOW the JOY of the LORD is our strength! "Laughter truly is medicine for the soul!"

      Thank you so much for stopping by to share! Please come back and have a good laugh anytime! GOD BLESS YOU!

      In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Great Hub as always... laughter is te path to happiness and joy. It would be hard to imagine going throughout life without it....

      Hugs from Canada

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 4 years ago

      Rolly A Chabot, Thank You! Laughter really is medicine for the soul! It is always nice to hear from you! I hope that your soul was uplifted with a bit of JOY!

      Thank You for stopping by to share Must stop by soon to read one of your nice "Fireside Chats" or one of your wonderful stories! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      DeBorrah, it was so nice to read and enjoy this Hub. In my breavement support group we laugh such a lot each week. People are astounded to hear us, and the participants look forward to this time when they can speak freely about their feelings, and laugh such a lot together. Sounds strange I know . . . I guess you have to be there to understand!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 4 years ago

      Vickiw, So glad that you enjoyed this! Grief can be overwhelming... How wonderful that you are able to express together laughter with those who are bereaving. No doubt it is a welcomed relief from all the hurt, longsuffering and pain that one feels when a loved one passes on... It is a blessing to be able to share and express your feelings freely and not be misunderstood. Expressing Laughter is just as important as expressing sorrow... Kudos to you and your bereavenent support group!

      Thank You for stopping by to share, please do stop by again... In HIS Love, Mercy, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

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