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   Posted 6/11/2008 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I was reading in a book of mine on Taoism and the author made a remark that I was familiar with, but had forgotten: laughter relaxes musles, reduces stress, and releases enorphins, which can supress pain. 
Has anyone ever tried to watch a funny movie or read a funny book when their IBS is bad?  Isn't there even a yoga thing where you practice laughing so that you can laugh on cue? 

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   Posted 6/11/2008 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
When things are bad for me, I like to climb into our water bed, with heating pad and my Golden next to me, watching a movie I've seen many, many times that just takes my cares away. My favorites are: Planes, Trains & Automobiles, the Wedding Singer (more romantic than comedic, the plane scene is so corny but it gets me every time), Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice (again, more romantic), old TV show reruns, just this morning I was watching an old Incredible Hulk episode. My daughters asked - what the heck is this show? LOL Oh just a page from my TV viewing past......sometimes laughter or familiarity with movies or TV shows bring such comfort. My youngest daughter got me into Harry Potter and even stumbling upon one of the HP movies is an escape.

What would we do without TV's? LOL

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   Posted 6/11/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I can say this...I have laughed so hard at times I've actually pooped my pants tongue
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 6/11/2008 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Usually when I'm feeling my worst I can't even concentrate enough to watch TV. sad
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   Posted 6/11/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband tries to get me laughing. It really doesn't work so well for me because my stomach is so sore after a bad bout that I have to lay flat on the bed and try not to jostle the tummy because it just makes it hurt more. In the middle of a bad bout it does help because tummy hurts so much anyways that the extra movement doesn't matter. Hubby will sit outside the bathroom door and make bad jokes to try and make me feel better.

But when my hip is killing me I do like a funny book( not a tv or movie person). I'm currently reading A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born and hubby is constantly checking up on me because I'm laughing so hard. I need to get the rest of the series( there's about three or four that I don't have). I also read Get Fuzzy. Any of the strips with Bucky and his obsession with monkeys is good for a deep belly laugh.

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   Posted 6/12/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I recommend "McCarthy's Bar" by Peter McCarthy. I laughed through a lot of the book, but the infamous bird-up-the-tailpipe bit made me laugh until I cried--in public. It's about an English-born man's search for his Irish roots, but I think most anyone, American or Brit or Irish will get a laugh out of it (although the Irish might just nod and say, "Those Brits.").
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