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13 April 2013

L is for Laughter. Healing with words. Day 12 #atozchallenge


laughter |ˈlaftər|nounthe action or sound of laughing

"No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad."- Carlyle, Thomas

    


Ho Ho Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha Ha Hi Hi Hi Hi Hi

I used to giggle at fingers. I giggled when you looked at me, my feet, or if I had something important to say. She's so happy they would say, always smiling and chuckling.

When I grew wiser I could begin laughing. It would start in my belly, people said you're so funny, your laughter is hearty, worth more than money, it feels like a party.

Laughter is a healer, a language we all understand, like breathing we know how to do it without any instructions. It's an emotional release that involves our whole body, some say it evolved from panting -which is sure sign that your dog is smiling and laughing.  It's uncontrollable, unconscious, social and contagious.

My favourite explanation of laughing was from my 6 year old sister, she said "Laughter is like climbing a ladder, each burst is a step that brings you closer to heaven."  Laughter for me is natures music, sometimes too loud, sometimes to dainty, some laughs fill you privately when people are joking, others burst forth, like farts when you're straining.

If you're feeling a bit down check out the laughing yoga video at the end, 'fake it till you make it' is better than not laughing at all.  If you're really depressed, watch all of them, they might make your smile.

For the child in us:

For Rockers:

For Healers:

Learn to laugh at yourself. A lot of laughter is better than a little, a little is better than none. Remember children laugh more than adults because the make time to play.


Ho Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha hi hi hi hu hu hu u u u u a  a  a aaa  heeeeeeee 

Love and laughs

Ida


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Find out how I chose my theme by reading my intro blog A-Z challenge list. Words of change.  You are welcome to add more words to the list in the comments - and then I'll link back to you.






54 comments :

  1. What a great topic for l. Thank you I needed that! I watched them all and found the one for healers wonderful to watch. I've got a cackle and it can be piercing in the office.. oops!

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    1. Thanks Lynnelives cackles are good. I thought there was too may to put on one blog but I loved them all and had to share..

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  2. What a great topic for L. I coundn't stop laughing. Great videos. Loved the child in us. Thanks for such a good laugh Ida.

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    1. I'm glad you had a laugh, this challenge is quite challenging, it was fun to do a simple post.

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  3. Just know that I will be leaving this blog today with a smile on my face and a few pair of awkward looking eyes (at me cause I have been giggling since I started watching)
    WONDERFUL! :D:D

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    1. How funny is that first song, the kids have been singing it all day

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  4. Love the clip of the child laughing! Such a great sound! Thanks for commenting on my A to Z post today, you have a wonderful blog!

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    1. Hi Lashell, How could I not comment on a love post. :)

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  5. I love your sisters description as well as the kiddo video...Thanks for the laughs!

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    1. out of the mouths of babes it was something she made up, I'll never forget it :)

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  6. There is something so carefree about a child's laughter, it's wonderful to hear. I can laugh until I cry sometimes, until it hurts but I feel great afterwards.

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  7. Nothing beats a good laugh! Even when i am sad, if someone makes me laugh, it helps!

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    1. True. It can be inappropriate at times, but easily forgiven :)

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  8. In Doctor Who's fifth season (I think with the Ponds) Amy gets left behind on a world for like 40 years and when Rory finds her, she's old. He says something that makes her laugh and she says it's the first time she's laughed in decades.

    Yes, laughter is a miracle of the human condition. I love to make people laugh and to laugh in turn.

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    1. apparently the less contact you have with other people the less you laugh. I have a laugh-o-meter I remember changing jobs once because I missed laughing - and I'm sure I stayed with my ex for so long because he had a great laugh too :)

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  9. I showed the yoga video to my 3-year-old--he liked it! :)

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    1. Thats great, I've been humming the first song all day :)

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  10. Ida, what a great post! I considered Laughter as well. You and I seem to be on a similar wavelength this month! I have been trying to remember the name of a book I read a few years ago about laughter. The biggest thing I got out of it was the fact that I can just start laughing for no reason and I will reap big benefits physiologically. Having been a Serious Sue all my life, plus a tendency toward depression, laughter isn't always a natural response for me. One of my sisters has an easy laugh and I love being around her.

    #AtoZChallenge

    SiouxsiesMusings

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    1. The physiological benefits are second to none. Just even making the sound HA HA HA HO HO HO Hi Hi Hi is fun and can make you smile. After reading your blog, I am glad you're a Serious Sue, or at least have been. There is some seriously good stuff on there.

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  11. I love to laugh! I used to get kicked out of class--in middle school--for not being able to stop laughing. That hasn't happened to me in some time, but I can still get fits of giggles. With all that the world throws at all of us every day, it's amazing that the human spirit finds a way to bounce back and keep laughing--I'm very glad for that. Whenever I have a big laugh now, I think, "I need to do that more often!"

    Great post.

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    1. Good to know you haven't been kicked out of class for a long time...*laughs* - I'm still touched by one of the comments about a lady not laughing for decades because she was alone... laughter happens most in good company.

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  12. This would pick up anyone's spirit. Thank you!

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    1. Thank yourself for taking the time to allow your spirit to be lifted. How nice :)

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  13. Aha, human, Ida,

    I'm forever laughing. You should hear my laughing bark. It's a howling good time :)

    My human never takes himself too seriously. His "inner child" continues to teach him the wisdom of laughter. In fact, just for a laugh, he participated in a "Laughter workshop". It was at a fare to help reduce the stigma of mental health issues named, "Sanity Fare". You had one "L" of a fun time with this, my human friend :)

    Pawsitive wishes and laughing thoughts, your way,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

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    1. Penny you are so clever, more humans need to learn from dogs. I really did have an 'L' of a good time, but I am still wondering if I should have used the word gas or passing wind. I think your human is a very benevolent and beneficent man, and I wish I could have been to Sanity Fare, I might start a little laughter workshop in the very small town I live in, my sister is a leader in the disability field in a big city and has helped a lot of people, I'm so proud of her, a laughter workshop would be a great way for everybody to join in.

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  14. Laughter is definitely good for the soul

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    1. Laughter is definitely good for the soul - that line just deserved to be repeated :)

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  15. Laughed my way through this post! Thank you :)

    Four Leaf Clover

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    1. another mission accomplished - thanks for commenting :)

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  16. A six year old said that? A very precocious child!
    We say "Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone."
    Or that might be, "Weep and you weep alone."

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    1. I thought you wrote precious at first, but you are right with a precocious too, the dictionary definition that it is.. (I always thought it meant naughty) She has grown up to be an incredible woman too... I am sure there are many women weeping beside their snoring husbands ... :D

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  17. Need that giggle ;) THanks for sharing! Laughing Yoga sounds fun!

    From A to Z Blog Challenge!

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    1. Hi Audrey, I am glad you got what you needed, I would love to start a laughter workshop one day

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  18. The laughing song and the yoga laughing both brought huge smiles to my face. I think the benefits of laughter are a reason why people with pets are usually healthier. My dog makes me laugh because of her silliness several times a day.

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    1. The big laugh is Gold, apparently people with pets have lower blood pressure too. I'm still smiling just from the puppy that visited me in my dream last night... thanks for commenting Jocelyn

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  19. Even when I'm grumpy, I usually end up laughing at myself. :-D

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    1. Ditto... Some girlfriends and I were miserable at the same time, it was one of the most depressing and funniest years of my life :)

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  20. Great post. GREAT WORD! Cheers from Canada!

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    1. Hi Rhondi... from Canada, I agree it is a great word. Just for laughs I googled knock knock jokes we've been pulling out some 'dad jokes' at my this weekend too. :)

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  21. Ida,
    As they say laughter is the best medicine. I'd agree with that.

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    1. It seems to be universally accepted. Thanks for sharing your thoughts J.L

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  22. Laughter is the second best healer of all!

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    1. My guess is your answer is Listening.

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  23. I love your sisters definition, and that child's laugh video - totally contagious. I will be smiling for the rest of the day.

    Thanks for checking out my AtoZ.
    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    AtoZ #41

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    1. I can still see her hand rising with every laugh sound showing how it got closer to heaven... :D An all day smile is the best kind :)

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  24. I spend the day laughing...usually at myself! Thanks for the positive post! Jennifer a.k.a. Urban Gypsy Girl

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  25. Hi Jennifer, that can be the best laughter of all. Thanks for commenting :)

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  26. Hi Ida .. couldn't agree more ..and helped so much during my mother's and my uncle's final years .. we laughed together often ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks for sharing Hilary, it is valuable to laugh, even during the hard times. We are dealing with Alzheimer's disease in my family, one positive is being able to laugh at the same jokes, like it's the first time.

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    1. Thanks William, it was an easy choice to make

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