What is the value of a laugh?

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I never met anyone who didn’t enjoy a good laugh. Even the snarkiest curmudgeon can get behind a deep-in-the belly chortle. Of course the snipe or insult has to be just right and at the perfect time…but the point is people enjoy a laugh. I know I like to laugh and if somebody can make me laugh consistently, then I’m pretty much theirs forever.

So when people ask me what my blog is about or what its theme is or what value I bring. I basically go into that deer in the headlights pose and stutter, then mumble something unintelligible. Because mostly I write this blog to make people laugh. I can’t help myself; I just love to make people laugh. And I always have, even when I was a kid. From witty repartee to telling my version of family history my goal is to make you chuckle, giggle, pound-on-the-table howl and hopefully pee your pants a little.

Is this valuable? Is it worth your time?

I can’t speak for others although I’ve seen stories of people who claim to have cured chronic illnesses by ensuring they laughed a lot and watched funny movies and did things that made them well…laugh. This article from the Mayo Clinic agrees there are health benefits to laughing including:

  • Stimulating your heart, lungs and muscles, and increasing the release of endorphins
  • Increasing your heart rate and blood pressure which can relax you
  • Stimulating your circulation and aid in muscle relaxation
  • Improving your immune system by releasing neuropeptides that help fight stress
  • Relieving pain
  • Increasing personal satisfaction
  • Improving your ability to cope
  • Helping you to connect with other human beings
  • Improving your mood
  • Lessening depression and anxiety

I mean, seriously, there must be a reason why silly videos of monkeys scrambling eggs go viral, right?

Is everything laughable?

Yeah, yeah, I know life is serious. I mean there is some pretty serious stuff going on in the world and we need to be concerned about it. But I believe that on some level pretty much everything is laughable. It may not be today or tomorrow, but even the worst thing that happened to you may be laughable years from now. I remember a friend asking me about a broken love affair that had really just ruined me. But as I told her the Reader’s Digest version of my journey we both started laughing and ended up, yes, peeing our pants a little. Because it the retelling it was just really stupidly, pathetically funny. I mean, come on, you just have to laugh at what a big doof you are sometimes, right? So I say, when in doubt laugh – it can’t hurt and it might help. You never know.

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What makes you laugh? Got any good jokes?

Writer Chick
Copyright 2015

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6 thoughts on “What is the value of a laugh?

  1. Yes, Annie, I agree entirely: a good laugh is the best medicine! I even watched this story on CNN about these classes (like yoga) where people get together and laugh. Just laugh. Apparently the body can’t distinguish between fake and real laughter, so either type is equally as useful. Writing a blog with the purpose of eliciting laughter from our readers is quite the noble pursuit 😉 Good for you & keep’ em coming!

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  2. I couldn’t agree with you more! My daughter makes me laugh more than anyone else in the world. She has a very dry sense of humor, and impeccable timing. She’s 15 now, so her humor is getting more sophisticated (sometimes). She, like many teenage girls, spends an inordinate amount of time taking selfies while making ridiculous faces. One of those faces tickled me, and she always makes it when I’m in a fussy mood. Cures me immediately – I can’t help but laugh! Thanks for this post – I look forward to reading more.
    ~Audrey

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    1. Hi Audrey,
      Your daughter sounds like me when I was a kid. I could always make my mom laugh too. I’m so glad you have someone like that in your life, it makes such a difference to have someone who wants to see you smile, right? 🙂

      Thanks for reading, so happy you dropped by and hope to see you again.

      WC

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