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What Does Laughter Do?
by P. S. Michaels

Monday, March 15, 2004
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Why do we laugh? Is it to relieve our tension? Yes. Healthy laughter happens during unexpected extraordinary incidents, usually to another or us. We laugh at a pleasant surprise, anything we hear or see in which we identify. Tickling brings on laughter and having fun does, too. But derisive laughter is perverted. It’s hatred that comes from offense, out of prejudice, jealousy, or greed, and it doesn’t relieve tension. It makes more and can even cause early death.


 

What does laughter do?
You’re walking in animated talk,
A tree grows in middle of a sidewalk.
Walk head-on into it.
Talk interrupted by a laughing fit.
Relieve or create tension?

What does laughter do?
Inside you, hate does simmer.
And your days grow much dimmer.
Another enemy cries.
You stop laugh and hope he dies.
Relieve or create tension?

What does laughter do?
At days end, you come home.
And find house is quiet as a tomb.
Another night alone met
Laugh. Light candles and table set.
Relieve or create tension?

What does laughter do?
A man receives an electric bill.
Opens it, his screaming becomes shrill,
Kicks chair, cries, and hops
Laughs at his antics until he drops.
Relieve or create tension?

What does laughter do?
Hate certain types or groups.
Harass, destroy, and create coups.
Laugh and make fun.
When they find you out, you run.
Relieve or create tension?

What does laughter do?
You attend a family gathering,
Family tension you’re experiencing.
Ask a question.
And laugh, it’s a stressful situation.
Relieve or create tension?

What does laughter do?
Sister works and does better.
You don’t call her or send a letter.
She becomes sick.
And her pain gives you a kick.
Relieve or create tension?

What does laughter do?
A family member tickles you.
Laugh is the only thing you can do.
Must get away.
Struggle and leave without delay.
Relieve or create tension?

What does laughter do?
Grab and take all you can get.
Work more; hoard every little bit.
Others are in need.
Laugh and then say, “Poor indeed.”
Relieve or create tension?

 

 


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Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/15/2004
Good analogy to show the trap of laughing at the wrong things. Laughter is very necessary to good attitude, release of tension, and relaxation, but should have nothing to do with derision!
Reviewed by Susan Sparks (Reader) 3/15/2004
Laughter IS the best medicine. That must be why I write so much humor--I've had quite a tragic life but laughter and humor has healed me.
But it isn't good to laugh at other people's pain. Thanks for this offering.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 3/15/2004
better to laugh with, than laugh at. good description of the laughter medicine and how it can be misused.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 3/15/2004
If one is laughing for the joy of laughing, it is a good thing; but, if one is laughing at the expensive of another it is no longer good medicine. Great write.
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/15/2004
Laughter is good for the soul but not derisive laughter.
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 3/15/2004
Pat I take every oportunity I can to laugh...
a real good belly laugh is so good for the soul..
and the body too..
And then there are the ones who poke fun
and laugh sinfully at the less fortunate..
.I liked this..floria
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/15/2004
sometimes laughter is NOT funny! good message brought to attention in this write; very well done, patty!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(

but i DID have Karla in stitches twice yesterday; but how I made her laugh was purely borne out of humor, NOT malice! i LOVE to hear Karla laugh!



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