Happiness is LAUGHTER

One of the feel-good aspects of happiness is laughter. It truly IS the best medicine for curing the blues, the blahs, and the blubberings. In fact, laughter is contagious and healing.


A doctor, an architect, and a lawyer were sitting around arguing about "what was the first occupation ever?."

The doctor said, "When God took a rib from Adam and created Eve, THAT was the first surgery, so doctor was the first occupation."

The architect said, "Yes, but before that, as an architect, God took chaos and formed it into the world in which we now live."

The lawyer said, "Aaahh, who do think created the chaos?"


I hope that joke put a happy smile on your face...in fact, I hope it made you laugh. There are many reasons and ways in which we laugh. Some of them, however, are not related to happiness.

Ah, there's the rub. Many people automatically associate happiness with laughter. Laughter means happiness, right? I mean, how can you laugh and not be happy?

Well, how can people laugh during a scary movie instead of crying, or screaming, or kicking themselves in the teeth (I have actually seen this happen). That isn’t comedy and that isn’t happiness. 

And I have also seen people laugh when something isn’t funny at all...like that time I fell down the stairs and nearly broke my neck. Why was everyone laughing? How can seeing someone hurt themselves cause people to laugh?

Laughter is a release. Sometimes we laugh when things aren't funny, but the release is needed.  

One time I was driving in Los Angeles and a car next to my car lost control. The driver, with one passenger, was swerving all over the freeway (luckily there was not a lot of traffic that day at that time) trying to straighten out the car. When he finally did get control of his car, I noticed that both he and the person in the passenger seat were laughing.


At the time I thought it was very odd that they were laughing. From their appearance (age, dress, etc.) they didn't seem like the "joy-riding" type of people, so I'm pretty sure they didn't lose control on purpose.  It didn't occur to me until later that their laughter was NOT the "comedy," "happiness is laughter" kind of laughter. They were relieved that nothing bad happened! The laughter came automatically...not from happiness but from relief!


It is the same with the previous situations above. The scary movie laugh is a release from stress, anxiety, or fear. When people laugh at someone falling down the stairs, it's a release because they are glad it isn't them (for the most part - there ARE some who laugh just because they are mean. The "evil laugh" is a whole article by itself.).

We will discuss these kinds of laughter in more detail throughout the LAUGHTER IS HAPPINESS pages, but please do not get that kind of laughter mixed up with actual feel good, "laughter is the best medicine" type of giggling.

This is one of the many things that will be discussed throughout the “happiness is laughter" pages. Plus, you will have access to jokes & jests, puns & plays on words, and quick-witted wisdom & wisecracks...all CLEAN and FAMILY FRIENDLY!! Enjoy and laugh because laughter is an incredibly important chunk of happiness!


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