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   Posted 4/2/2010 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't some weeks seem like they are a month long? For me this one was, I don't know why. Always so much going on but that's what makes life fun and interesting. Some times I'm really ready to be bored! OK, not really. Being happy is so much better.

Happiness and laughter has proven over time to actually be healing. Did you ever read or hear of a man named Norman Cousins. If you're very young maybe not but he's well worth reading about.

"Cousins served as Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities for the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he did research on the biochemistry of human emotions, which he long believed were the key to human beings’ success in fighting illness. It was a belief he maintained even as he battled heart disease, which he fought both by taking massive doses of Vitamin C and, according to him, by training himself to laugh. He wrote a collection of best-selling non-fiction books on illness and healing, as well as a 1980 autobiographical memoir, Human Options: An Autobiographical Notebook. Late in life Cousins was diagnosed with a form of arthritis then called Marie-Strumpell's disease (ankylosing spondylitis), although this diagnosis is currently in doubt and it has been suggested that Cousins may actually have had reactive arthritis. His struggle with this illness is detailed in the book and movie "Anatomy of an Illness".

Told that he had little chance of surviving (AS is not really deadly), Cousins developed a recovery program incorporating megadoses of Vitamin C, along with a positive attitude, love, faith, hope, and laughter induced by Marx Brothers films. "I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep," he reported. "When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we would switch on the motion picture projector again and not infrequently, it would lead to another pain-free interval."

He was a living and surviving example that laughter is truly a great medicine. So in that vein let's talk about what makes you laugh. What was the last time you really laughed? Did you hear a good joke you can share? Did a child in your life say something darling or have you seen a movie that kept you laughing like crazy? What has made you laugh recently?

I'm going to let you all start this one. My Fibro Fog is especially dense tonight and I can only remember little snippets of the stories I wanted to share. Hopefully I'll remember before Friday Please share your laughter~~

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Albert Einstein

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   Posted 4/2/2010 4:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Lately what comes to mind is the movie Turner and Hooch. The scenes with the dog left alone to destroy the house have me in stitches even though I've watched it a hundred times. And I kept looking for a DVD in all the big bins with old movies and finally found in a couple of weeks ago - just in time to give it to my cousin's husband for his birthday. They have a yellow lab that is well, kind of remodeling portions of their back deck. Not exactly the remodeling they'd planned, but he's made a nice back and front door for himself through the lattice work between the top of the deck and the ground. So I thought the Turner and Hooch movie would be perfect.

Another movie that makes me laugh until I cry is the Bird Cage with Robin Williams. The dinner scene is beyond description.

I'd love to hear other funny movies - the kind that leave you laughing in tears - so I can add them to my list!


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   Posted 4/2/2010 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
This subject is dear to my heart, as their is some truth in the fact that Humor has many benefits to ones health. I tend to enjoy the sarcastic type of humor, and I love to tease others often. My goal is to bring a smile to ones heart, and that in itself can lead to a long personal relationship. In fact, I would say that most of my relationships started from Humor. Also, I think we need to learn to laugh at ourselves.

I have met so many people who do not find anything humorous in life, and I have the hardest time understanding these types of personality's. I can tell you that many a person like this seem to have more problems in life than they can shake a stick at, and they tend to be a very lonely soul. Usually a person like this will attack a persons character, and tend to put other people down as if it is their daily job. They actually wind up shoving people away, and then wonder why they are alone. I hate to say this, but my Ex was very much like this. I was married 24yrs to her, and can count on one hand the times that I saw her laugh.

So what made me laugh lately? Well, it was yesterday, about 6:00am when I signed onto HW, and saw the post at the top of the page that read " I had a bowel Movement" If you have been following Kimber's recovery from her surgery, you would have known why she posted it. It just struck my funny bone, and I loved seeing it. What a comfortable statement to make online amongst hundreds of possible members and visitors. We are here for support, and that was a great example of a member who felt like family here.

That to me, is what HW is all about. The ability to share freely, no matter what it is. And lets not forget, it is a place to give as well.

Thanks Chutz, for this topic!

DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.

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   Posted 4/2/2010 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Morning Peeps:)

I love laughing each day! Since I am at home right now filing for disability...I have lots of time to put things on my DVR to watch...And one of my favorite shows is Modern Family! Ohhh...that one gets me every time...I also love the Ellen Degeners Show..something about her humor makes me laugh each day...her show is all dancing, laughing, helping people.:)As well as reruns of King of Queens...for some reason I've been having a Kevin James 'fix' with his goofy humor...The movie Hitch with Will Smith and him in it is hilarious!!

And movies...well..there are tons..but one that I watched again this past week for the bazillionth time...was Best In Show....that is one of the funniest parodies...and of course This Is Spinal Tap..

I like the sarcastic humor....things about 'life'. that I can relate to...

I am positive that it helps my pain level each day to find time to laugh...or share time with a friend/family member, or ever talk with a stranger in line at the store...these are all endorphin boosts!!

Hope you all have a low pain as well as laughter day!

SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
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(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
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   Posted 4/2/2010 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey friends I agree with you for sure humor helps pain , helps your outlook  and helps your heart , and if you want to laugh again and again I have two words for you ''The Honeymooners '' end of story .I have the original 38 or 35 whichever on dvd and no matter how many times i watch i always laugh uncontrollably .Ralph Kramden , man among men ! LOL Alice Kramden oh poor Alice !! Ed Norton best friend and Trixie his wife .If ya wanna laugh this is a sure thing but make sure it the original , they made some othere you can tell the difference in the film quality , that ralph is slimmer ans most of all they are no where near as funny ! Watch and enjoy !!!  Mikel
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   Posted 4/2/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Afternoon Everyone!

I am a very positive person and I laugh a lot. I love the comic strip Pearls Before Swine...that's always good for a giggle. I also find the animated movies from Pixar and Dreamworks, etc. make me laugh a lot. In particular is a short film that is included with the Monsters Inc. movie called For the Birds. It's a cute cartoon about a bunch of little birds and the bigger bird who wants to join them on the telephone line where they are all sitting. Every time i was this, I'm in hysterics...there's just something about it that sets me off laughing, no matter how many times I've seen it.

I love to laugh, and I really do find it helps me with pain management, etc. My nature is to laugh and see the bright side, and honestly...sometimes that's the only way to get thru the day!

hugs and laughter,

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (Surgical Menopause and drug related), plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
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Medications: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vitamin D and Multi-Vitamin daily

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