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What's Wrong With Me I can't Stop Laughing?

Updated on August 3, 2010

This is what I'm talking about!

Ever since I can remember everyone in my family has had a great sense of humor and my brothers and sisters and I would always find ways and I mean search high and low for things to make each other crack up. One of my brothers especially was the clown in our family, he would do impressions of famous people, neighbors, teachers etc. He was good at it, he would also entertain us by singing because he has such a great singing voice. Too bad of late we have fallen out and he has basically left the building but my point that I am trying to make is that when my family gets together we laugh, a lot.

This brings me to ahem, my problem. I have a laughing problem I guess you could say. I mean I laugh a lot. But there are certain people that when in their presence will make me laugh just because they are there, such as a couple of my sisters. I mean we cant even be in a situation like being in church because if something unusual happens and we dare look over at each other then that will get us to laughing, but the problem is I’m always the one that keeps laughing and cannot stop until I’m coughing, honking, peeing my pants kind of laughing and it is so embarrassing. I guess because when I see something that I think is funny, I take it to the extreme and see stuff that others do not see. I mean I don’t like laugh at funerals or anything schizoid like that, but heaven forbid if I am somewhere and see someone fall down, I will help them up but I will be cracking up while I’m doing it. I’m sure that more than one person has thought I was loony, and not to mention rude but I don’t mean to be by any means.

I remember the first time that this happened it was at school, I was in front of the classroom and reading a report that I had written. Well someone said something funny about my paper and everyone started laughing including me. The trouble was when everyone stopped laughing, I was still laughing and I couldn’t stop myself, I felt myself losing all sorts of control but I couldn’t stop and everyone just stared at me like I was a cuckoo bird. So I guess you could say it was a sort of nervous laughter because I was put on the spot and that is what has happened since, anytime I get nervous or am put in the center of attention for any reason, I get really nervous and get this hysterical laughing fit. It has been embarrassing for me on more than one occasion. I do like to laugh, it makes me feel good to laugh but its embarrassing for me when I cant stop.

Now if you happen to be a person like me and you have this problem I have found a few things that you can do to preempt your laughing fit.

  • When you feel a laugh coming on that is at an inappropriate time then bite the shit out of your bottom lip or the side of your cheek. The pain will make you stop laughing.
  • Start a very complicated math problem in your head and that will distract that crazy brain of yours to stop laughing. If you are like me and cannot even balance your check book this will keep you busy long enough to get over that awkward moment.
  • Pretend to go into a coughing fit instead so that people don’t know you are laughing and the coughing will stop your laughing most of the time. You really have to practice this one to get quite good.
  • If heaven forbid you are at a funeral and you feel that uncontrollable laugh coming on you can kind of hide your face and pretend to be crying loudly, this works because at that octave a laugh really sounds like crying.
  • If worse comes to worse and you cannot stop it then just remove yourself from the situation completely, whether you are in a meeting, at church, in school or at work whatever the case maybe, just run don’t walk out of there and don’t stop.

Now there are plenty of things that will make me laugh when others don’t see the humor in it like people getting hurt, not seriously hurt but like I said before, falling down will always do it and when someone hits their head on something. Even when I hit my own head, it will make me laugh at myself. Sometimes if a person is telling me something that is too serious or kind of sad I have to really fight the feeling to not laugh…awkward. Sometimes just reading something in a book will get me going like when I first read “dropping trou” in a book once, it cracked me up for a good 5 minutes and I will still laugh when I hear someone say that. I guess I just have to come to grips with the fact that I will one day literally die laughing. Oh well go figure.

Some of my favorite movie lines that still crack me up:

Goodfellas:

You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little fucked up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to fuckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?

Hey, Spider, that fuckin' bandage on your foot is bigger than your fuckin' head.

TommyBoy

Try an association. Like uh... let's say the average person uses 10% of their brain. How much do you use? One and a half percent. The rest is clogged with malted hops and bong resin.

When Harry Met Sally

All I'm saying is that somewhere out there is the man you are supposed to marry. And if you don't get him first, somebody else will, and you'll have to spend the rest of your life knowing that somebody else is married to your husband.

The Waterboy


My Mama says that alligators are ornery because they got all them teeth and no toothbrush.

Airplane


There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

40-Year Old Virgin

Know how I knew you were gay? You like Coldplay.


If she starts waxing his pubes, I'm outta here.






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  • rose56 profile image

    rose56 6 years ago

    I found this hub very funny. I two have laughing fits. AS WELL.

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    drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

    Yes, LJ. You do have a problem. Uncontrollable laughing can be embarrassing as you have pointed out. But look at the positive side - it would be much, much worse if it were uncontrollable crying.

    Keep in mind this old saying: "Laugh and the world laughs with you" . . . just not for as long!

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    matt6v33 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

    y\oung lady, i thank u, personally, for this! Nice.

    i too, have been blessed with an oh so awsome South African God given beautiful young lady, that brought much laughing into my needed world, at the time. Your Hub here, reminds me of those oh so special times, and I've always Thank God For Her, and those times, and now, yes, u too!

    Thanks...

    :)

    jmm

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    breakfastpop 6 years ago

    Laughing fits are human and fun. I have personally experienced a fit at the most inconvenient time.

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    Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

    Ladyjane, I am also a compulsive laughter - mastered the cough-technique ages ago. There is nothing more healthy and healing than a good laugh. Thanks for this hub that brought up a lot of good memories of me LMAO in the company of dearest friends and family.

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    geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

    Oh I remember numerous times ive been talking to you about something serious and I see it coming on in your eyes, your fighting it so hard, yes I know it well lol, you know i haven't laughed hard at all since you left town that really sux:) ge

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    Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    I'm still a laughing fool, but nothing like I was in college. I can still remember those agonizing/delicious episodes of trying to control fits of hysteria in class. Sometimes I miss it :) :) Great hub Ladyj

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    rose56 I know about your laughing fits and most of the time you are responsible for my laughing fits you wench. LOl Cheers.

    drbj great to see you and your words are so true lol. I can keep it going for a long time. Cheers.

    matt thanks so much for visiting my page. I appreciate your nice comments very much I am so glad that you have joy in your life. CHeers

    breakfastpop good to see you and I think everyone has at one point or another I just wish I wasn't so extreme. Cheers

    martie nice to see you again, and I agree that laughing is healthy for you and it really does make you feel good. I think more people need to do less frowning and more laughing lol cheers.

    geegee im sorry you haven't laughed since I left but your sister has me in stitches 24-7.

    green lotus nice to see you again thanks for reading. There is a sense of danger in those hysterical episodes isn't there? Glad Im not the only one out there. Cheers.

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    geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

    Well gee whiz im happy for the both of you:( ge

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    GojiJuiceGoodness 6 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

    Hehe. Okay, so I wasn't very far into your hub before I started giggling. I'm generally a serious person, but I do laugh sometimes & wish I didn't just then.

    I have 5 brothers(and 1 sister-in-law) & when we get together, the house just ROCKS! With our laughter, joking and merriment. We just have a great time & enjoy it to the hilt.

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    GojiJuiceGoodness hello again good to see you and I know what you mean I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers and when we all get together which isn't very often then we rock the house too. Thanks for reading, cheers.

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    amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK

    Hi Ladyjane1you've just reminded me of my favourite poem - by Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

    Laugh and the world laughs with you, Weep and you weep alone, For the sad old earth, Must borrow it's mirth, But has trouble enough of it's own.

    When you stop laughing, then something's wrong with you.

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    amillar great to see you and you are so wise my friend thanks for making me feel better. Cheers.

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    Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

    I can make my sister laugh uncontrollably, and there is a comment I made once about Gerald Ford that will always crack her up. There are certainly scenes from movies that make me laugh no matter how often I see them: the scene in the first Vacation movie where Clark (Chevy Chase) visits his cousin Eddie in Kansas; the last 45 minutes of Pulp Fiction always makes me laugh, despite the dark, grim nature of the movie in general; all of Richard Pryor's scenes in Silver Streak.... there are, of course, many more.

    It's great to be able to laugh and enjoy the world so completely--don't ever lose the ability to laugh. Great hub and a good reminder not to see only the darkness in things.

    Mike

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    Hello Mike thanks for reading and I know what you mean about the Vacation movie with Chevy Chase that is hilarious I love the part where they are asking for directions from those guys in Harlem and at the same time they are stealing his tire rims hilarious. I love Silver Streak as well. THanks for your comments. Cheers.

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    mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

    I, too, love laughter, as I do humor, and sometimes find myself giggling at times when it is not the thing to do! Great humor in this hub!

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    Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

    Hi, Oh tell me about it! ha ha I used to have two friends that when we got together, we would laugh so much that we would have to go and sit in separate rooms! I remember cracking up at work one day when the boy sat next to me said something funny and started laughing, it was his laugh that set me off, I nearly got the push from the job! lol so I totally understand! very funny, cheers nell

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    mysterylady Im glad you are a laugher as well its really great to see humor in everyday things instead of being negative as some people are..some people look like they are always having a bad day..its sad. Thanks for reading cheers.

    @Nell so I guess you know what Im talking about and I bet those are some of your fondest memories. Thanks for reading cheers.

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    50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

    Lady Jane, a great hub I dig laughing and there are certain people who can just bring me to tears and it happens every time we get with in 10 feet of each other always too fun, I'm over due to go visit them now! Thaks for a pleasant reminder, 50

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    Hello 50 nice to see you and I dig laughing too I guess a little too much. Glad you liked my hub. Cheers.

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    Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

    I had to come back for another laugh - that poor model! One actually needs a licence to walk with/on/in those high-heel shoes. Once again thanks for the laugh, ladyjane!

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    martiecoetser thanks for returning you are always welcome and glad you got a chuckle. Cheers.

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    Micky Dee 6 years ago

    Very funny fun hub! I liked the news-people cracking up too. Great stuff! You have such a great gift!

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    Hello Micky Thanks for reading. The news people were funny and that's why I couldn't be an anchor woman because I would be laughing all the time. Lol Cheers.

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    Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

    LJ...you should be very careful reading my stuff. I may need to add a disclaimer now! My wife suffers from the same syndrome...especially when its me falling down or banging my head. But it didn't take me long to find out that it does not work when the roles are reversed! Good piece, it was fun! WB

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    Wayne maybe you should add a disclaimer and you are right it doesn't work for me when the roles are reversed either and I hate someone laughing at me...oh that double standard lol Thanks for reading. Cheers.

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    Midtown Girl 6 years ago from Right where I want to be!

    Very cute! Life is serious enough. We all need to laugh more!

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    midtown girl thanks for reading and I agree with you life is serious enough, by the way love your avatar. Cheers.

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    saddlerider1 6 years ago

    I am into fits of laughter when there are family get together which are not often enough, because we all make each other laugh so much. And your right on about splitting a gut, choking, peeing ones pants. Man I have laughed so hard my buttons flew off my shirt. Now that's splitting a gut laughter. We need more of laughter in our lives these days.

    With all the problems in the world and depression setting in for so many. A good laugh now and then brightens up any day. So keep laughing, never stop, because the day we do, that's when the grim reeper is knocking on our door. Peace and cheers

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    saddlerider thanks for reading you made me chuckle. And you are right a good laugh can brighten up a day. Thanks again Cheers.

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    Mary Gaines 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

    I miss your laughter sis....cute hub. Your laughter is so contageous believe I know too well. I remember our brothers impressions too especially of Elvis - he was so good. Miss you sis....and keep laughing - it is the best medicine! Cheers!

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    BadSelfHelp 6 years ago from San Diego, CA

    Good stuff. I think fun is the best thing to have.

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    BadSelfHelp thanks for reading and for your nice comment. Cheers.

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    Whidbeywriter good to see you and yes laughter is contagious and sometimes for me just annoying cuz I cant stop as you well know lol. Rose also keeps me in stitches as well and she has the best delivery for comedy...glad you liked the hub. Cheers and LOve.

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    Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

    "Tis a cruel thing to stifle a laugh" - Shakespeare (didn't say this, but he might have.) Everyone needs a good laugh(though you may have had your fill.) Thanks for giving me mine tonight!

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    Christop thanks for reading and for your witty comment. I dont suppose I will ever get my fill lol. Cheers.

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    mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

    I cracked up after reading your hub! I laugh out loud often! Tallulah Bankhead once proclaimed, "Whatever you have read I have said is almost certainly untrue, except if it is funny, in which case I definitely said it."

    Thumbs up!

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    mwatkins thanks for reading and Im thrilled that you know who Tallulah Bankhead is. LOL. Cheers.

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    tom hellert 6 years ago from home

    LJ,

    I FINISHED SECOND IN THE CLASS CLOWN VOTING 4 YEARS UN A ROW TO THE GUY WHO MADE ROBOT NOISES- I LEARNED TO HATE ROBOT NOISES,Sorry didn't mean to yell- I often do my besy comic work in smaller groups and people often do say I am funny but IO tell them looks shouldn't matter-

    most of my jokes are a series of bad puns, obscure movie references, quality impressions and intriguing wordplay.

    cool hub

    TH

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    Tom thanks for reading sounds like you are a funny guy...cheers.

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    Midtown Girl 6 years ago from Right where I want to be!

    Never stop the laughter - or apologize for it! Can there really be too much? No. We need more of it in this day and age. So much better than the alternative. Great hub!

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    Midtown Girl thanks for the advice and I will take it to heart. I totally agree that we need more laughter. Cheers.

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    Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Super Hub! So much fun to read. I love to laugh and try to attract others who do as well. Laughing is great therapy. And the photo fo the darling little cat smiling - omg I am still giggling! Thanks

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    vocalcoach thanks for reading and for your nice comments Cheers.

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    amberjones21 6 years ago from Pensacola, FL

    Thank you very much Ladyjane. I really enjoyed this hub and got a good laugh out of it as well. Also, thank you for commenting on my hub. I used to write every day and now I am very rusty at it. I hope that HubPages will help me get back into the rythem of writing.

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    Hello again Amber thanks for reading one of my favorite hubs to write. Over time here on hubpages you will find that your writing will all come back to you. Thanks again and thanks for visiting, Cheers.

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    passonno73 5 years ago

    I wish there were more people in the world like you!Laughter is a good thing even if it is nervous in nature.They say people who laugh often live longer, because of a feel good chemical it produces?Would this be Seratonin?Not sure,but either way keep laughing and being who you are!Great Hub!

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