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Is Laughter The Best Medicine?

I had a friend some years ago who hired a nanny from Ghana, Africa.  When I asked her how she liked America she replied:

"There is much pain in these peoples. I want to be more with laughter"


I thought it was a pithy commentary on our society.  Our topic this meetup will be about laughter.  Do we have it, how do we get it, what do you do to create it? how much is in your own life?

More importantly, let's look at the physiology of laughter.  It's been said that it is the Best Medicine.  Why?  Any input, experiences, knowledge and information you have will be welcome.

Let's have an uproarious good time with this one!

 

 

 

 



 

 

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  • stephanie p.

    we are new/couple

    2 · July 15, 2013

    • caroline k.

      You too, Stephanie! Where on the NW side?? I have a little acre off Bopp, near Tucson Estates (Ajo Hwy).

      July 20, 2013

    • stephanie p.

      I LIVE NEAR THORNYDALE AND INA--NEAR MOUNTAINVIEW HIGH--AJO-IS FAR FROM ME--WRITE BACK

      July 20, 2013

  • stephanie p.

    I REALLY NEED TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS-----I LIVE IN NW----I AM A LOT OF FUN---ANYONE INTERESTED?-----I CANNOT DRIVE FAR PLEASE [masked]

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Karen L.

    Here's the full story of laughter as the best medicine. https://www.youtube.com/laughteryoga

    It's most certainly NOT about judging what's funny or other head trips.

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Karen L.

      Nervous laughter definitely exists, but it's far from the medicinal kind.

      July 16, 2013

    • caroline k.

      Well, Karen, perhaps medicinal in the release.

      July 18, 2013

  • caroline k.

    Great Group! Thanks, Sandy!! Good to hear so many different perspectives. LOVE you guys!

    July 18, 2013

  • stephanie p.

    quite good

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Sandy M.

    We covered alot of territory and I was grateful for the breath of discussion. thanks to all who participated.

    July 16, 2013

  • Susan

    It is a colorful subject! Enjoyed meeting you all.

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Susan

    Sounds fun who doesn't like to laugh? After today, I amid ready.

    July 15, 2013

  • Karen L.

    This sounds exactly like Laughter Yoga. It's the evening after this meeting. You may wish to go. I'll be enjoying music.

    July 15, 2013

  • Sandy M.

    I've been thinking about this alot and realized I have certain restrictions on what I find is funny and what is not. what are your restrictions if any?

    1 · July 12, 2013

    • caroline k.

      When my granddaughter was about 3, she and her 2-year old niece were in the back of my van, on the country road. They were giggling, then the small one began to cry, GD still giggling. I asked

      July 15, 2013

    • caroline k.

      "What's Going on??" GD said 'We're just Playing!" "No", I answered, "Playing is when you're both laughing; When one is crying, it's no longer play."

      1 · July 15, 2013

  • Karen L.

    The brilliant author and journalist, the late Christopher Hitchens wrote a controversial article "Why Women Aren't Funny" - a rare occasion I did not agree with him. What do you think? I think women in entertainment have been funny since Mom's Mabley.

    July 14, 2013

  • Sandy M.

    This is going to be a great discussion did anyone see what would you do last night??

    July 13, 2013

  • Karen L.

    Music is good medicine, too. Anyone want to join me early evening after our meeting for great free blues? http://www.elconclub.com/Welcome.html

    July 10, 2013

    • caroline k.

      I'd love to, but have plans... perhaps next time??

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Laughing is medicine - like internal jogging! But easier on the body.

    July 10, 2013

    • caroline k.

      I see it more as internal 'juggling' of ideas that are so absurd we don't know where to store them in the brain, but not sure if we want to,let them go. Jogging would do too, as mental running in place.

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Re plug - air is air - it will get around anything with enough pressure. We experience that daily in the southwest which is usually accompanied by sand and dirt.

    July 10, 2013

  • Karen L.

    I'm a certified laughter yoga facilitator and Lea's put forth the reasons for the creation of Laughter Yoga. I would add the ability to laugh at oneself, exercise (a big one on the "best medicine" list) and sex. In this case, I agree with Brenda. "Depends on who's doing it and why." Maybe "how," too!

    July 10, 2013

    • Karen L.

      I've heard other similar comments and suggested wearing Depends. In your case, I can only recommend a butt plug.

      1 · July 10, 2013

  • caroline k.

    Looking forward to the energy of laughter! dLIGHTful!

    July 6, 2013

  • Sandy M.

    Some of why I choose this as a topic is because I have found over and over again (especially now in my 3rd Tri) that I have a very different sense of humor than many other people. It's fun to see what makes us laugh and what doesn't expecially among friends. I can appreciate my friends' senses of humors better now that I realize mine is not "wrong" just different!! Makes me laugh more now!!!

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really depends who is laughing, and why.

    1 · July 3, 2013

    • Sandy M.

      that's what will make this a great meetup discussion Brenda. i'm laughing already!!!

      1 · July 3, 2013

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