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Ouch! Funny Bones Are Not That Funny!

Updated on February 14, 2012

Silly Giggling IS Funny!

Have you ever wondered from where the phrase funny bone came? It is not a bone at all, rather the ulnar nerve that runs down the inside part of your elbow. It lets the brain know about feeling in your fourth and fifth fingers. When bumped, it presses against the humerus (long bone that begins at the elbow and runs to the shoulder) and gives a funny feeling or sensation. I never thought it felt funny when I hit my funny bone. It caused an uncomfortable and shocking tingle in my arm that was not an experience worth repeating.

However, when something tickles my funny bone, it has nothing to do with the arm and silly giggles take over! I find it impossible to see a person laughing to their core and not laugh too, no matter what my mood may be. I remember watching Anderson Cooper crack up on CNN one evening and thought it was hysterical!

The human body responds very positively to a good hearty laugh.Dr. William Fry, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Stanford University, compares laughing to "inner jogging" Did you know that laughter actually strengthens the immune system, boosts energy, protects us from the damaging effects of stress, reduces pain, gives our muscles a good workout, and can even prevent heart disease!!

With today's stresses, it is a good idea to look for reasons to laugh and smile. Starting with an attitude of appreciation for what you do have, rather than what you don't have is a way to put yourself in a positive mindset. Remembering things you have laughed at in the past, listening to comedy radio when driving or perhaps enjoyable music may help to bring a smile to your face. Finding a way to spend time with those who make you laugh or watching comedy tv and funny movies are other suggestions. Doing anything positive that brings you happiness is going to not only make your day brighter, but will be good for your health!

I recently learned that at Cancer Centers of America, “Laughter Therapy” is actually a treatment. Being a cancer survivor, I can tell you that it was much easier going into chemo after a good belly laugh. My friends took turns taking me to treatment and we always found humor in reminiscing about our past experiences together. Maintaining the ability to laugh made the harsh reality of my life a little easier to handle.

Laughter plays a very important role in life’s fine balance. Look for it. Enjoy the feeling once you find it. Remember the feeling once it is gone,and allow a smile to re-appear. Remember, it is impossible to frown when you are smiling! As the old saying goes: "Laughter is the best medicine."

A friend sent me this today in an email. Wouldn't it be great to feel this way everyday!?

"The Dog's Diary

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Dinner! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!"


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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub pickles;I loved it and oh yes laughter is indeed the best medicine.

      An up up and away without a doubt.

      Take care my friend and have a great day.


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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks Eddy! So glad you enjoyed it!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Oh God! My Goodness!

      This was fun! Seeing Anderson Cooper laugh, made me laugh in less than a second. Whe I saw th dog, I saw a seal, or a sea lion, then I said..that's a puppy! Your hub was cute, and gave me the boost of the day. Glad you made it good through that Cancer. Keep them coming Pickles! Voted up!


      " A guy said to his coworkers that he was happy(and proud), to hear his wife screaming after a well deserved night of passion...she was so loud, so loud! that one night coming from work a little earlier, heard her from 3 blocks away...ops!"

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      and thank you Lord for giving me a good laugh! Thanks for stopping by.

    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      You have brought happiness with you and I am sure it is here to stay.Loved your hub.When I see children laugh over the silliest things that is happiness in the simplest form.It is so pure and powerful.I am happy all day because of it.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks for your comments Dream On. Children keep me in stitches too!!

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      I needed another dose of happy.Loved the video.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      don't we all!! appreciate you checking out my hub Dream On!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was instant chuckles followed by heartier laughs. Great hub and I needed this message today.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks so much billybuc!! Laughing changes our whole outlook, doesn't it?

    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      I know where to go to get a little more laughter in my day.Thanx so much.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thank you Dream On. If I can make your day better, it makes mine better!

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