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Laughter, Quotes, Sayings, Tips and Benefits

Updated on September 28, 2013

Benefits of Laughter

  • 15 minutes of laughter has the same benefits as getting two hours sleep.
  • Laughter helps release fear.
  • According to a study done by the University of Chicago, a great sense of humor can add up to 8 years to your life.
  • Laughter exercises your diaphram.
  • Laughter helps difuse conflict and put an end to a dispute.
  • Laughter can help lower your blood pressure. People who tend to laugh at their mistakes show less of a rise in blood pressure when under pressure.
  • When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy.
  • Laughter help release anxiety and stress.
  • Laughter triggers the release of the body’s natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins.
  • Laughter lowers the body's level of cortisol. Since cortisol supresses the immune system, lowering it helps the immune system work properly.
  • Laughter helps release anger.
  • Laughter increases your oxygen intake.
  • Laughter improves your mood and the mood of those around you.
  • You stimulate your heart and lungs by laughing. This helps improve your overall breathing capacity.
  • Laughter helps us bond with one another. When we laugh we tend to talk more, make more eye contact and these thing help us bond.
  • Laughter can be a good enery boost, it increase your enery level.
  • Laughter can help release nervousness.
  • One good belly laugh burns off approximately 3.5 calories.
  • Laughter makes you feel good about yourself and help raise your self esteem.

Laughter quotes and sayings

  • I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. - Woody Allen
  • Earth laughs in flowers. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. - e. e. cummings
  • A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. - Irish Proverb
  • The mosre you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it. - Bill Nye
  • Always laught when you can. It is cheap medicine. - Lord Byron
  • You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. - Stephen King
  • You cannot be mad at somebody who makes you laugh - it's as simple as that. - Jay Leno
  • Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it, and then move on. - Bob Newhart
  • Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. - Victor Hugo

Different Types of Laughter

Laughter is one of our most powerful expressions of silent communication. There are many types of laughter ranging from giggling to cackles.

  • Pigeon Laughter

This type of laughter is in the giggle range. When ones laughs a pigeon laugh is is a giggle with the lips closed. It tends to sound more like a humming as a result of trying to hide the laughter. It is called pigeon laughter because of the similarity to the sound a pigeon makes. Often this type of laugh is used in yoga or laughter therapy to help relieve stress or pain.

  • Etiquette Laughter

This laugh is used when laughing at someone's joke that you don't understand or don't find funny. It is often used to pacify or to help get along with other people. Most often used then in the company of a boss or someone you need to impress. Unfortunately many times the other person can tell it's a polite false laugh.

  • Snort Laughter

This type of laughter is generally used by someone who thinks they are better than the ones around them.  The snort is their way of letting people know they disapprove of, or think little of the other persons opinion.  This is the laugh of a snob.

  • Sniggering Laughter

This type of laughter is more of an underhanded laugh at you kind of laughter.  This is used generally by someone making fun of or taking delight in anothers discomfort.  The person who laughs in this manner is generally thought of as immature, insensitive and unsympathetic.

  • Silent Laughter

A smile is considered a silent laugh. It is as beneficial as a laugh out loud type of laugh. The only real difference between the two is one is noisy the other is silent. I have seen people open their mouths wide, throw their heads back and have their belly shake like a bowl full of jello, but have no sound escape from their mouth. So a silent laugh can range between a giggle and a silent roaring laugh.

  • Chuckling Laughter

This type of laughter is a hard one to fake.  It is a good natured laugh along with you type of laughter somewhere inbetween a silent laugh and a belly laugh.  A person who chuckles is thought of as a kind and thoughtful type of person.

  • Nervous Laughter

This laughter occurs when we need to be at our most dignified. For example; at a funeral, during an important meeting or when something happens that really isn't funny but somehow you can't help but laugh. Have you ever seen someone fall down and you can't seem to stop yourself from laughing? I have seen children laugh when they get corrected and they are so nervous they can't stop the little giggle from escaping. This laugh shows our stress and nervousness. Unfortunately it also generally makes the situation worse.

  • Belly Laughter

This is the most honest of all the types of laughter. There is no way to fake it. You open your mouth and out it comes. Many times it leaves the person holding their sides gasping for air. With this laughter more than the others you can generally see the differnce between the way the man laughs and the woman laughs. The man generally snorts or grunts along with the belly laugh while the woman generally giggles uncontrollably.

  • Cackling Laughter

This type of laughter is openly distainful and disrespectful.  It is generally overly loud with a shreik thrown in occasionally.  The person who uses this type of laugh is opening taking pleasure in someone else's pain and discomfort.

Tips to Bring More Laughter in Your Life

  • Smile more. I may sound silly but the more you smile the easier it is to laugh.
  • Sit down and take a minute to remember a time that you laughed so hard your sides hurt. Then laugh at the memory.
  • Keep a journal of the things that make you laugh or amuse you. Whenever your down you can read the list and give yourself a lift.
  • Start a happy conversation. Start talking about funny things, amusing things.
  • Don't take life so seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself. We all make mistakes from time to time.
  • Spend most of your time with people who make you laugh.
  • Share with your firends and loved ones some of your funny, embarrassing stories.
  • Surround yourself with funny pictures, storiesm quotes, and cartoons.
  • Learn to play.  You'll be surprized at how easy it is to laugh when you are being playful.

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Gail Meyers, I believe that when the whole world is going wrong you just need to sit down and have a good laugh. Especially if there's nothing you can do about it.

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      Gail Meyers 

      5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      Great hub! I enjoyed reading it. I think laughter probably really is the best medicine, too. Voted up and funny.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      shara63, laughter is truly the best part of life. If you can laugh you have it made. Thanks for reading.

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      Farhat 

      6 years ago from Delhi

      Indeed, Laughter is the best Doctor that prescribes wonder remedy and leaves no worry thereafter!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      mohammed ziad, it is true laughter is cheap medicine. Unfortunately as you said it is unfamiliar to many people. Laughter has so many benefits that are going unused by them. A good cry every now and then is also a good thing.

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      mohammed ziad 

      6 years ago

      yeb, laugh is a cheap medicine but not familiar to most people, do you know that laugh and cry makes u happy because they decrease depressions by releasing particular hormones that makes u happy and increase ur healthy...

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      LULU SUE, I am so glad you enjoyed it.

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      LULU SUE1987 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for another great hub. Very enjoyable.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      SUSIE405, thanks for reading and the comment. I'm glad I made you laugh.

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      SUSIE405 

      7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Very entertaining hub. Made me laugh.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I've done my job J. B. I've made you laugh. That has made my day.

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      I laughed the whole time I read this. How can you not? Great Great Hub....

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jo, I was happy to hear a god belly laugh burns off calories too. It gave me an excuse to laugh more, not that I need one. I don't think they were talking about your snort laughter. Have you ever watched a movie with a really snotty peson wh does a little snort and holds her hankie up to her nose. That's the type of snort laughter. Hers is on purpose. Yours just happens.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      7 years ago

      I never knew that a belly laugh burned calories. I guess, I need to have some more reasons for a “good belly laugh”. The one about “snort laughter”, kind of concerned me. I sometimes “snort” when I laugh, especially if I am really tickled by a comment. This means I am “snubbing” someone? My heart doesn’t feel this way...how can this be? I will work on it. I guess I picked it up because one day it came out naturally and we all were in tears laughing about my “snort”.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Kamalesh050. I love to laugh.

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      Kamalesh050 

      7 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Excellent article, very well done. Laughter is truly the Best Medicine.

      Best Wishes,

      Kamalesh

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      davebaldwin, I believe your friend is right. It certainly couldn't hurt.

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      davebaldwin 

      7 years ago from Ralegh, NC

      I had a friend once tell me that the secret to long life is to have a good hard belly laugh once per day.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Tina, we all could use more laughter in our lives. I believe you are right, we often take ourselves too seriously. Some of us need to lighten us and give ourselves a break.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Healing tough, I giggled while writing it. Something about writing about laughing makes you giggle.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you so much Prasteio for the wonderful comments. I enjoyed putting it together.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      mulberry, it is so much easier to smile and laugh than to frown. It takes less muscles too.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      This is a fantastic hub about laughter and so well presented! I have never thought about all those different types of laughter. The message is great, we do need to laugh more; mostly we take ourselves and life much too serious!

      Tina

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      Laura Arne 

      7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      What a gift. This was great. I really enjoyed all the different types of laughter. The snort one had me giggling or snoring.........

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Well done, my friend. I am so happy to find this information. You have done a great job. Laughter is natural medicine and I love laughing. This made the world so beautiful. Rated up. Cheers....

      Love and peace,

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      Christine Mulberry 

      7 years ago

      Agreed. Laughing essential to health and happiness. The wonderful thing is it's contagious...just like a smile.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      vox vocis, it's so much fun to laugh I don't know why everybody doesn't. It helps to make you feel young.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Gigi, I know, I loved the calorie burning information myself. I wish I could laugh enough to burn off a few pounds.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Eiddwen, thanks for visitng. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      toknowinfo, laughter truly is the best medicine, in so many ways. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks peggy. I have laughed that hard. The tears are running down your face, your nose is running(not a pretty sight) but you're having a ball. Thanks for the rating and for sharing.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      kasiapl, I love to laugh too. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Om, you know I wondered myself at the time how come I'm not toothpick skinny, I laugh a lot.

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      Jasmine 

      7 years ago

      Great hub! Laughter really is the cheapest and best medicine of all!

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      Gigi Thibodeau 

      7 years ago

      What a perfect subject for a hub! I love your point that the more you smile, the easier it is to laugh. This is so true. I also love that a good laugh burns 3.5 calories. Who knew laughter could be part of our exercise regimen? :)

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub so thank you for sharing.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      Laughter is truly the best medicine. Thanks for the reminder and the very interesting hub. Rated up and useful.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Have you ever laughed so hard that tears streamed down your face? I have one friend that often has that happen when she is laughing. Makes me smile just thinking of the good times we have spent laughing together. Great subject! Rated up and definitely useful! Will tweet it also and hopefully brighten the days of any readers.

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      Kathy 

      7 years ago from New Jersey , USA

      awesome :) love to laugh

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      A good belly laugh can burn off about 3.5 calories? Hmmm...my boyfriend laughs a lot yet he's still a bit overweight. I guess I must try to make him laugh even more! hehehehe (my pigeon laugh) Rated up and awesome. :)

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