laugh

[laf, lahf]

verb (used without object)

1. to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles and is usually accompanied by characteristic facial and bodily movements.

2. to experience the emotion so expressed:
He laughed inwardly at the scene.

3. to produce a sound resembling human laughter :
A coyote laughed in the dark.

verb (used with object)

4. to drive, put, bring, etc., by or with laughter (often followed by out, away, down, etc.):
They laughed him out of town. We laughed away our troubles.

5. to utter with laughter:
He laughed his consent.

noun

6. the act or sound of laughing; laughter.

7. an expression of mirth, derision, etc., by laughing.

8. Informal. something that provokes laughter, amusement, or ridicule:
After all the advance publicity, the prizefight turned out to be a laugh.

9. laughs, Informal. fun; amusement.

Verb phrases

10. laugh at,
a. to make fun of; deride; ridicule:
They were laughing at him, not along with him.
b. to be scornful of; reject:
They stopped laughing at the unusual theory when it was found to be predictive.
c. to find sympathetic amusement in; regard with humor:
We can learn to laugh a little at even our most serious foibles.

11. laugh off, to dismiss as ridiculous, trivial, or hollow:
He had received threats but laughed them off as the work of a crank.

Idioms

12. have the last laugh, to prove ultimately successful after a seeming defeat or loss:
She smiled slyly, because she knew she would yet have the last laugh on them.

13. laugh it up, to laugh or joke in a hearty way:
He was laughing it up with his friends.

14. laugh out of court, to dismiss or depreciate by means of ridicule; totally scorn:
His violent protests were laughed out of court by the others.

15. laugh out of the other side of one’s mouth, to undergo a chastening reversal, as of glee or satisfaction that is premature; be ultimately chagrined, punished, etc.; cry:
She’s proud of her promotion, but she’ll laugh out of the other side of her mouth when the work piles up.
Also, laugh on the wrong side of one’s mouth /face.

16. laugh up one’s sleeve. sleeve (def 7).

Source: Dictionary.com

 

Laugh.

Me, I love to laugh, it’s one of my most favourite of all past times. Especially a good belly laugh that excites water escaping from my eyes or a snort or two from my nose, perhaps even a dribble from my lips.

My daughters laughter still leads to a dose of the hiccups which has us laughing even more so and keeps her hiccuping for longer and she’s now 21!

I find there’s also something very therapeutic about a spontaneous dose of laughing.

It gets my blood pumping.
It increases my optimism.
Reduces my stress at a time when I’m stressed!
I’ve found it decreases my pain.
Aids oxygen flow which can keep me looking younger.
Builds my resilience.
Bonds me to others.
And much, much more.

Plus, I find it’s such a fun thing to do.

Laughing is one of the very few universal languages.
Everyone speaks the language of laughter.
No accent masking its meaning.

It’s an indulgent smile taken that one step further.

We’re very fortunate in this world to have so many humorous things to laugh about.

If you’re looking to get your laugh on, there’s plenty of ways to achieve this. From comedy festivals, books, movies, memes, Freudian slips, bad puns, perfectly timed bodily executions, dad jokes, temper tantrums, memories from long ago, or yesterday, cathartic conversations – the opportunities are endless. Did you know there are even laughter clubs, laughter yoga and a laughter yoga app?

Seriously there is, ha ha.

Do you ever find though, you laugh at a time when you think you shouldn’t be. Like watching one of those funniest video shows. I remember laughing to some of the catastrophes on there with feelings of what one could only describe as guilt, when it was to someone else’s miss fortune. Especially if they’d hurt themselves. I’d laugh out loud and at the same time be saying ‘oh, no, I shouldn’t be laughing at this’. Ba ha ha!

Or when the laughter takes another step – in to hysterics.

Hysterical laughter.

Laughing hysterically to the point where you have to leave the room for example, for the pain in your belly is just too much to go on laughing any more. For if you do you may just literally burst open (puke your guts in other words) or pee your pants. Only to come back feeling cool, calm and collected and as you make eye contact once more, there’s that snorting, shrieking, trying as best you can to hold it in, exacerbated, hysterical laughter busting to escape once more and out you go again.

Laughing is infectious too. Contagious. If someone is laughing, it’s near impossible, if not impossible not to be swept up in the laughter as well. It takes determination and great commitment to stay stoic in the presence of lots laughing.

Could you do it?
Stay stoic?
When others are laughing?
Or would you want to join in?

Is there ever an inappropriateness to laughing?

Wrong place, wrong time?

Such as at a funeral perhaps?

All of a sudden someone begins to laugh.

Now that would be inappropriate wouldn’t it?

Although.

Could you not laugh there?

At a fun-eral?!

Is that not one of the best places to be laughing?
Healing through laughter?
Lightening the mood?
Remembering the fun times?
Laughing out loud?

Interesting word to have chosen – funeral.

I’m not sure, it’s not something I’ve encountered, however I’d like to believe it would be okay to laugh out loud no matter where you are.

Perhaps that being said though, serious situations do call for serious measures. Which in and of its self leaves the door wide open for some laughter escaping. Ever tried to be serious only to end up in the silliness of laughing?

As with most things in life, if not all, there is of course a case for two sides, as upon writing this, I recall when I went along to a laughter club. It was at a time when my body was still in its early stages of recovery, not that long after I was able to talk again. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a go and I was looking to different ways to assist me with my healing. As much as I enjoyed myself, I must admit to the experience being quite taxing on my body.

When I first began to lose my speech and was stuttering and straining to get my words out, labouring so much, I began to develop a hernia. Therefore it is with this awareness I add here, laughing too much when you have a hernia is not my recommendation nor whilst your body is in any form of recovery from a major period of illness. Unless of course that illness was more mental than physical. I couldn’t imagine it doing you any harm then.

As mentioned in my previous post on health, you know your body, you know it’s limits. Trust what your body is telling you and proceed from that place of knowing.

And do your own research.

Don’t ever take the word of another as the be all and end all.

You know what’s best for you.

Now that my hernia has settled, I love a spontaneous belly laugh, often.

Do you enjoying laughing?

Do you find it beneficial?

Or are you someone who has to treat laughing with caution?

To me, explanation 1, in the above definitions sums up what a laugh is beautifully – to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles and is usually accompanied by characteristic facial and bodily movements.

Laugh.

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