And Why Do We Laugh?

by Lance Ekum on · 55 comments

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." ~ Victor Hugo

Do you ever have one of those moments where you maybe question if something is the right thing to do?

You hear what your heart is saying, and yet – it can still feel like you're putting yourself out there.  Or maybe it feels like "will this be weird?".  Perhaps it costs too much.  Or a million other excuses.  Does this ever happen to you?  

It happens to me.

Sometimes I fight it, and I DON'T do what sings and dances in my heart.  (have you ever been there?)

Sometimes, though….sometimes….

I really listen to that voice that speaks deeply from my heart.

Fly halfway across the country (New York City).  Get hotel.  To laugh.

Couldn't I just step outside my backdoor, and do the same thing?

In reality, it was much more than that.

It was a wonderful opportunity to connect up with sweet friends from here at the Jungle (Hi Amy!  Hi Katie!  Hi Ina!).  Make new friends (Hi EVERYONE!).  And…perhaps the best of all…precious time with my daughter (who, for the record, is growing up way too fast).

Be a part of this moment.  The Levity Project – NYC.  And a celebration of World Laughter Day.

It was all right, and it was all good.

Except there was this little thing.  Or maybe it wasn't little at all.   

Picture this:  My daughter and I exploring the sights and sounds of this great city (read:  shopping).  Now, picture this:  bomb threat in Times Square.  And we are there.  

Well, not as this threat was discovered.  We wandered into the Time Square area a couple of hours after the initial discovery of this.  For a thirteen year old girl, hearing the words "bomb threat" set off feelings of alarm.  (and why didn't I feel that way?  Have I become indifferent to all the "noise" out there?)

Laughter event planned for the very next morning.

Including in a visit to that very spot of the bomb threat.

Would laughter feel trivial in the face of what had just happened?  

Or.

Or, would laughter heal?

Laughter for no reason at all, except to bring an extra sense of peace and joy to the world (or – at least the people around us).
 

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Laughter as the balm for our souls.

And we laughed.   

Some who looked the other way…pretending we weren't there.  Strange looks.

And we laughed.

And there was joy.  Energy.  Smiles.  Giggles.  Belly laughs.  Excitement.

And for a moment, there was this real sense that the strangers passing in that day were more than strangers.  They were united as part of humankind. 

Brothers and sisters of this species we call human. 

Perhaps that moment lasted no longer than a few minutes that we were together.  Or perhaps…some of those took that feeling that had touched them…took that with them through their day.  Or maybe even beyond.

It was good.  Meaningful.  And the right thing on that day, in that moment, and at that place.

Laugh!

For no reason at all!   And feel your soul smiling back at you…

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Marisa (Loser for Life) May 12, 2010 at 6:20 am

What a neat project, Lance! I wish I could have been there. I did get your notice about it, but it wasn’t feasible that weekend 🙁 Anyway, I’m so glad you went and it was more than you expected.

I love to laugh! I do it all the time ; mostly at myself 😉
.-= Marisa (Loser for Life)´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Trip On The Wagon =-.

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Natalia May 12, 2010 at 6:51 am

Hey Lance!

🙂 I love that you and your daughter went to NYC together. What a wonderful memory for her to have. As for the laughter, I think that it’s truly the best medicine!

Natalia 🙂

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Joy Tanksley May 12, 2010 at 7:33 am

THANK YOU for this awesome start to my Wednesday! Laughter comes about in different ways – sometimes it’s because something is so crazy funny that you can’t control yourself (you know, Lance, the church giggles!). But sometimes, it’s not about anything being funny. Sometimes it’s clean, pure, joy that bubbles up from your essential self. I think that’s my favorite kind of laughter – it’s validation that we are following the heart’s path. I experienced that feeling this morning as I read your words and watched this video. I was laughing right along with the beautiful souls in the video. Not because anything was funny, but because it was so real.

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Lynn May 12, 2010 at 7:38 am

How lovely that in spite of terrorist threats there were still people there laughing. I am so glad you got to do that with your daughter, Lance, and that it was such a wonderful experience.
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Cheerful, nice neighbors and dropping by =-.

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Shannon May 12, 2010 at 8:07 am

Lance what you did was take control back. You did not let something trying to control everyone win. Good for you!!!!
What a great example you are for your daughter. I just love the Levity Project I think it is amazing!
Keep laughing, smiling and being HAPPY!

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Evelyn Lim May 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

Sounds like you folks had a great deal of fun! Wish I had been there! I would have enjoyed the shopping for sure 🙂 It’s great that you took the opportunity to not only spend precious time with your daughter but to involve her in a meaningful and inspiring celebration. She is lucky to have a great role model in you!
.-= Evelyn Lim´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Does Your Inner Money Script Say? =-.

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Farnoosh May 12, 2010 at 8:53 am

Lance, I knew you were in NY of course and all about your daughter’s shopping (good for her ;))! But I had no idea about the bomb threat….back in Iran, we lived and breathed not just bomb threats but real bombing during the 8 year Iran-Iraq war. No not trying to put a damper on the happy mood. I will end by saying that Iranians found a way through all that REAL agony by laughing at life, at themselves and at their own pitiful situation and really, it was a survival mechanism so go laughter! It’s a powerful tool to get us by. Thank you :)!

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Evita May 12, 2010 at 9:03 am

Hi Lance!

NICE! What an event, and what an adventure to take in all things that occurred!
But you went and did it, and how wonderful that you followed your heart.

I think the best part to see is how contagious the laughter is in the video, or wherever. I cannot imagine people giving strange looks and not bursting into at least a smile themselves. Oh well, I guess to each their own…

Woo-hoo for you guys!
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Unfolding Your Path To Joy In the Dark =-.

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Tess The Bold Life May 12, 2010 at 9:18 am

Hi Lance,
Fantstic. Funalicious. Laughter crazy fun. I couldn’t opent the video here so I went to you tube and then of course had to watch some others as well. Laughin’ away the morning.

I think you guys were there that day because you had a mission to bring in healing energy to a place that was very fearful.

You just didn’t know that would be the case…but the Universe did;)

There is nothing to fear. If your project would have been planned for the day of the bomb threat maye the bomb threat would have never happened. Because when people who have a high vibration of energy come to a spot they heal things.

Maybe the reason it was planned the day after was because it was such a dichotomy to the experience the day before.

You showed what could happen when we play and laugh vs live in fear.

The Universe works in amazing ways and what a special day it was to be there the following day. You turned it into sacred ground if you ask me.

You guys rock. Let me know if I can help the Levity project along in any way!
Tess xoxoxo to all people who are involved in the project and xxoo to all people who put their power and energy into laughter vs bombs and bomb threats.

Becca will always remember this day!

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Colleen May 12, 2010 at 9:22 am

Well, the video succeeded in getting me to laugh! Wouldn’t it be cool for something like this to happen as a sort of improv somewhere. Folks simply show up somewhere public and start laughing. That would be funny to watch.
.-= Colleen´s Last Fabulous Post ..West Pasco Washington Homes For Sale =-.

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now May 12, 2010 at 10:29 am

What a beautiful scene. People need more laughter in their lives, especially New Yorkers. They can get very serious at times.

I loved watching strangers join in on the laughter. They were lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Great job!

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Tim May 12, 2010 at 10:51 am

Lance: I’ve got to say that I am moved by the words and thoughts in your post. You bring up some very important thoughts here. I chose laughter as my word for the year…yes I have made an extra effort to laugh at every opportunity. But, as you put it so well, sometimes laughter can seem weird when serious things are happening…that has been my challenge. But as your video shows, laughing anyway is probably the perfect solution. So good to see the group at Grand Central Station…one of my favorite stops in New York. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and more importantly, your laughter.
.-= Tim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Class of 2010 Commencement Rap Song =-.

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Chania Girl May 12, 2010 at 11:15 am

Lance, thank you for sharing this event with us … even if only for a little snippet. 🙂

You know, G and I were lying down for our afternoon siesta the other day (yes, we actually HAVE those in Greece! :D), and he got a fit of the giggles … for no reason at all. The next thing we knew, both of us were in tears laughing. It was the best thing ever!
.-= Chania Girl´s Last Fabulous Post ..What a Difference a Year Makes: The Lessons I’ve Learned =-.

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Chris Edgar May 12, 2010 at 11:25 am

Hi Lance — that sounds like a great exercise — to go out into Grand Central Station and other big public places and laugh or do some other kind of strange behavior — noticing all the places where we need to put on a sober, upstanding image for the world, and letting those places relax and pass away. I did it once as part of a workshop and I definitely enjoyed it.

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Sara May 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Lance — I have always admired you very much for your willingness to take action on so many human projects:~) If something needs to be done, said or even laughed, you will be there!!!

I loved that you traveled to NY to be part of the laughter and took your child with you. I also love that you brought it back home to share with us, those who will read this post, watch the video and laugh.

I know I watched it and the laughter just bubbled up and it felt wonderful.

Thanks:~)
.-= Sara´s Last Fabulous Post ..Story Photo: What’s To See? =-.

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Louise Altman - The Intentional Workplace May 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Hi Lance – I honestly can’t think of a better place than my former home town of NYC for a laughter project! It’s the diversity that lends itself to the richness of the humor. So glad you attended and love the fact that you took your daughter. And thanks for bringing readers attention to this. Every workplace should have a designated laughter break – at least several times a day. We did a post on laughter awhile back and one of the great things I learned was the research on the physiological benefits of laughter – even if you fake it!! Must be the body language signals to the brain.
Thx – enjoyed it!

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Jody - Fit at 52 May 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

How wonderful Lance. What a way to take a bad situation & show others that despite all this, we can still live & enjoy & love life! Thx!
.-= Jody – Fit at 52´s Last Fabulous Post ..Staying Fit at Many Ages! =-.

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Jarrod@ Optimistic Journey May 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I love this! What a great video to watch. Laughter is the best medicine. I love how you took control of the situation here. Thank you so much for sharing, this brightened my day!

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Lance May 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm

@Marisa – Hey Marisa!! It was GREAT!! And – hey, there WILL be another time! And that COULD be our time to meet (and laugh together!!)!! In the meantime, keep doing what you do so well (LAUGH!!)!!

@Natalia – Hey Natalia!! It was so fun to take my daughter along on this! (well…except for ALL the shopping!!!!) (HA!!!) And the whole laughing experience was one that really does make one feel so good!!! (just like you did earlier today for ME!!!)

@Joy Tanksley – Joy!! Yes, I DO remember those church giggles (that we seem to share!!)!! And – I just love your thoughts here today! That sense of pureness and wholeness that can come from laughter – not because something is inherently funny, just because… And, that all leaves me with a great big smile right now!! (thank YOU!)

@Lynn – Hi Lynn!!! It WAS a wonderful experience – and truthfully, once we started laughing – I was really thinking about nothing else other than that very moment. And there’s something about that right there – being in the moment – that laughter also brings about. So, so good…

@Shannon – Hey Shannon!! The whole concept of The Levity Project is really one focused around bringing joy to our world – in fun and playful ways! I pretty much LOVE it too!!! And – I’ll keep on laughing and smiling…and long as you do TOO!!

@Evelyn – Hey Evelyn!! You know…someday we HAVE to meet!! Just think how fun that would be!! (well…or at least I could send my daughter with YOU for a while!!) (HA!!) It really was a wonderful experience for both my daughter and I – the whole weekend! Thanks so much Evelyn!!

@Farnoosh – Hey Farnoosh!! Ha!! Yes, you sure did know about our trip (and especially the shopping!!!)! So, it’s hard for me to even imagine what you are describing. Farnoosh, you are NOT putting a damper at all on this. You are really validating that what felt “right” to me, is really what can do so much healing in our world. It’s not about laughing about the bad things that have happened. It is all about laughing to bring joy into our hearts…especially in those moments of real challenge. So…thank YOU, dear friend, for sharing all that you have. Your words are so good to read today.

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Darren Sproat May 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Lance,
When I saw the title I thought, “oh, this is easy, I laugh for one reason, because I want to for no reason at all.” 🙂
What a great event… I wish I could have been there, sharing the laughs and smiles with everyone around me.
Laughing along with you,
Darren Sproat
.-= Darren Sproat´s Last Fabulous Post ..To look at the Sunny-side of Everything and Make my Optimism Come True =-.

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Jannie Funster May 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Oh, I LOVED it, LOVED it, LOVED it!!! Was so laughing right along with you all too. The grey-haired suited man on the subway really made me smile — he was enjoying it, I could tell.

And the lady in the yellow cap — she is a hoot. Is she a blogger??

I’d been wondering about you and NY with the bomb threat, and just SO glad to hear your fest went on as planned!

Thanks for sharing!!

xo
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Jazzercise Advice & Something I Can Only Confess In A Poem =-.

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Audra Krell May 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Really great video, awesome post and so very worthy project!!! God gave us laughter to heal, no matter what the situation. He brought you all together to that very spot to replace sorrow and anxiety with joy. You all chose to answer the call and made a difference in the world! Way to go as always Lance!

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Wilma Ham May 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Hi Lance. I love how you process your own objections, “Couldn’t I just step outside my backdoor, and do the same thing?” and you must have laughed them away. Stepping out like that is courageous even if it doesn’t seem that way. Doing it with others helps so much, there is safety and power in numbers.
Laughing is bringing joy, is healing and totally dismantles the ego, don’t you think? It dismantles the ego in other people as well, Eckhart Tolle will be very proud of all of you.
The laughter will have gone up and will have circled the earth, how awesome is that and I felt it raining down here in New Zealand.
Much love to all of you, xox Wilma

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Yum Yucky May 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm

hahahahahahahahaha! …so can I get that chick’s tee-shirt with “free laughs”?
.-= Yum Yucky´s Last Fabulous Post ..Electric Collar Shock Therapy For Weight Loss =-.

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Megan Zuniga May 12, 2010 at 9:41 pm

LoL! That looks like fun! The whole World needs a laughter day. And it’s amazing you gone ahead and did it despite the bomb threat.

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Davina May 12, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Laughter certainly changes the atmosphere. I’ve been out and about on transit and sometimes there is a heaviness, whether it’s a Monday morning, or the weather is horrible, etc. All it takes is for one person to make a joke and everyone gets a little lighter. Great fun, Lance.

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Joychristin May 12, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Hi Lance,
I smile watching the video. Pure genuine mirth in that video. And in NY! For the record, I happen to love NY it’s my homestate but I think laughter may not be prevalent in the city:)
I’m glad your daughter got to shop–awesome place to shop. Sorry about the bomb threat–glad you took it in stride– I think it means you tend to become so engrossed in the good that you automatically deflect the negative….
I think laughter is the ultimate balm for any wound. A full heart is able to laugh…so laugh away…life certainly gives us many opportunties to laugh…And laughter shared is absolutely amazingly fun! As your video captured. Thank you for sharing:)

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Greg May 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I’m amazed that you could maintain your levity in the face of the events of the day — it’s great. Everyone’s right here. Sometimes, laughter is truly the best medicine.
.-= Greg´s Last Fabulous Post ..Effort vs Talent – Teaching Your Kids To Be Successful =-.

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Amit Sodha - The Power Of Choice May 13, 2010 at 7:54 am

Lance, if only we could spread that message even further. Comedy and laughter is such a gift. I hope I can bring laughter to those I do comedy for, for years to come. Comedy and laughter is such a precious gift and for as long I can I will continue to make people laugh!! By that quote by Victor Hugo is KICK ASS!
.-= Amit Sodha – The Power Of Choice´s Last Fabulous Post ..Video – How To Be A Great Mentor =-.

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Farnoosh May 13, 2010 at 8:03 am

Lance, thanks for the response. I do feel comfortable sharing a lot here, don’t I? 🙂 Blogging community is becoming my family (sniff sniff :)).
Hey Amit, I second that on Victor Hugo. He was and still is one of the best writers of all time. Such brilliance. Such imagination. Such genius….!

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Lance May 13, 2010 at 8:28 am

@Evita – Hi Evita!! It Was so great to be there AND do this…in spite of everything that had occurred. And – yes, the laughter in the video IS contagious!!! It does seem hard to think some people might not make a connection with this. And yet – perhaps it’s hard to break out of what we are accustomed to…even in a group setting?? Maybe…just maybe…those people walked away from there, and it affected them in some positive way later on. And I’ll take that….

@Tess – Hey Tess!! Funalicious!! (what a GREAT word!) And…your morning of laughter sounds most excellent!! So, the idea of healing… I know for me, there really was this sense of “all is okay” while we were in that moment…living the laughter. Tess, you are such a positive and uplifting cheerleader for this!!! Thank YOU!!! Bekah will definitely remember this trip – what a great opportunity for both of us to be together!

@Colleen – Hey Colleen!! Woo-Hoo!!! (for laughter!) In a way, this was kind of like an improv anywhere event. The laughter for this started when we all moved toward the Laughter Party sign. We also did another event where we all froze in place for three minutes. Very fun!!!

@Karl – Hi Karl!! The scene was filled with so much energy – what a fun moment to be involved in! And yes – there is a seriousness which some can display. I know that I too can get that way sometimes. Yet – seeing this laughter party in Grand Central Station – it just really brought out the smiles, the laughs, and the “I want to be a part of this” attitude!! So fun!!!

@Tim – Hey Tim!! Yes, I remember you chose the word “laughter” for your word of the year. I LOVE that word!!! And – yes – are there times when laughter might seem like the inappropriate response? And the more I think about it – as long as that laughter isn’t done in some malicious way (i.e. to make fun of someone else) – then perhaps it really is about listening to your heart. Thanks much for the thoughts, Tim!! And…enjoy all the laughter this year will bring for you!

@Chania Girl – Hey Carla!! An afternoon siesta!!! (have I mentioned I want to visit you two!?!?) (ohh…I think I HAVE mentioned that!) That is THE BEST – those laughing fits that we can’t control – and the contagiousness of them!! Woo-Hoo!!!

@Chris Edgar – Hi Chris!! You know what – laughing really IS exercise (FUN exercise!!)!! Strange??? Hmmmm….my wife has said that about me, too!!! Katie and Ina have a way of making STRANGE into FUN!! Your workshop – and breaking the norm – that sounds awesome!!

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Lance May 13, 2010 at 8:29 am

@Sara – Hey Sara!! You are sweet. Thank you, very much, for all of this. And if this all in some way just brightens someone’s day – then it has been so worth it (and truthfully – it ALWAYS brightens my day!!). When Bekah heard NYC – she was all over this!! And – it was so fun – both to explore the city together – and to laugh together. Keep on laughing, sweet friend…

@Louise – Hi Louise!! This was a wonderful place to bring laughter to! And – it was for a couple of reasons. Katie first had the idea for The Levity Project while visiting New York City last year, and there was also another celebration of laughter going on that same day (of which many people did both events). Having Bekah with on this was a complete joy! And – laughter breaks at work – I AGREE!!! So many benefits from laughing – whether it’s real or fake. And fake laughter usually very quickly turns into real laughter, anyway!!

@Jody – Hey Jody!! It WAS wonderful!! And – in those moments of laughter – it was so powerfully moving to just really be in those moments…and to see others so fully into those moments too!

@Jarrod – Hey Jarrod!! Thanks!! Laughter is amazing medicine!! And – to witness this – wow!!! It really was such a great moment!!

@Darren – Hey Darren!! Laughing for no reason – isn’t it GREAT!! Keep on doing that – it’s contagious!!! And that is something so worth catching! Thanks so much for all your support!

@Jannie – Hey Jannie!! I KNOW you were laughing with us…from afar! Jannie, this whole idea is so right up your alley!! (do you have an alley???) And I know – seeing the faces and expressions of everyone was so FUN!!! The lady in the yellow cap – no, not that I’m aware (I don’t think she is a blogger). And yes – she really was a hoot!! Jannie, the bomb threat could have really put a damper on this all – and yet, it didn’t!! And that really does shine as to the power of laughter! Thank you, sweet friend, for being here…

@Audra – Hey Audra!! This ended up being such an amazing day! And healing was definitely a part of this laughter…as perhaps it always is (to some degree). Being united with laughter…it made for a very joy-filled morning! And for a few moments…everything in the world seemed right… Audra, thank you so much…

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Lance May 13, 2010 at 9:01 am

@Wilma – Hi Wilma!! Ha!!! Yes, I DID laugh these thoughts away! And – what I’ve found is that there was this real energy within NYC – something much different than I would have experienced right outside my backdoor. Now, I still think that stepping out that door – and laughing is good, too. It’s just that it’s different. And all of it’s good! And you are so right about the ego – and how laughing just puts that aside. It really does! And it’s wonderful!! And…now your laughter from New Zealand is now laughing down on me, here in Wisconsin! How cool to see it keep spreading (thank YOU!)!!

@Yum Yucky – Hey Josie!! Isn’t that a completely awesome t-shirt!!! I want one too!!!!

@Megan Zuniga – Hi Megan! It was sooo much fun!! Doing this, even with all that had happened the day before…such a connecting feeling of peace….

@Davina – Hey Davina!! Doing this on the subways in New York (which we did also) – this was a harder crowd to engage. There were definitely people who joined in, and some who smiled to themselves. Still, there were also many to just tried to “not see” what was going on. And – the goal on the subway was slightly different – more of light laughter and smiling – and just really showing a peace about ourselves (in a non-obtrusive way). Great stuff, too, though! Because even if just one person was somehow positively impacted, it was so worth it!

@Joychristin – Hi Joy!! There is certainly what can feel like a seriousness around NYC. Perhaps it’s the size, and just the sheer number of people? In any rate, being able to bring a bit of laughter into this place – so great! And it was great for me personally as much as for those around us – as the laughter touched my soul in wonderful ways. The shopping for my daughter (*ahem* – and Katie was NO help here…encouraging her and planting more shopping ideas into her head!!! Yikes!!) And yes – seeing the laughter in others just really even brought it out more in me!! What a great day it was!!

@Greg – Hey Greg!! Perhaps it helped that our starting point was NOT Times Square (that was our ending point). So, in that place we started, there was very much a sense of calm. It was a good place to start – away from where the night’s bomb threat had happened. By the time we reached that spot (our third and final stop), our group was very much in a spirit of joy and excitement.

@Amit – Hey Amit!! Comedy is a great way to bring laughter to the world. Just last night I was at a comedy show, and it really felt so good to laugh (we did a LOT of it!!). So, keep on doing that, and providing much-needed giggles and smiles into our world! And I am a big fan of Victor Hugo – and this quote doesn’t disappoint!

@Farnoosh – Hi Farnoosh!!!!! I am really glad that you are comfortable in sharing here. Your words from yesterday, especially – are ones that touch upon this need for laughter much more deeply than I have been able to express here. Farnoosh, you are definitely a part of my family here…and a very dear and caring friend. And – I’m with you on Victor Hugo, too. What brilliance!!

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scheng1 May 14, 2010 at 4:28 am

World Laughing Day? Is there such a Day? I think when we gather a few kindgarten classes together, we can see the effect of such a day.
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Cheryl Paris May 14, 2010 at 5:58 am

Hi Lance,

For sure Laughter is the best medicine. I am glad that nothing happened in NY. You and your daughter liked NY. I am sure she liked as she got to SHOP.
When we are sitting in a room and one person who smiles brings cheers to many faces in that room.

Bye for now,
Cheryl
.-= Cheryl Paris´s Last Fabulous Post ..Top 10 Inspirational Sayings You Need To Know =-.

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Just Be Real May 14, 2010 at 6:42 am

Inspiring post Lance. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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Angelia Sims May 14, 2010 at 7:07 am

I would say Times Square needed a whole lotta laughter energy and you guys delivered.
Loved the leis! This was wonderful and just what I needed this morning.
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..Word-ish Wednesday =-.

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Hilary May 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Hi Lance, Katie et al .. that was so much fun to listen to .. and you obviously had a blast .. loved seeing the locations .. the metro people .. must have thought you were bonkers .. but bet they laughed too ..

Great to see what can be done .. if we all relax, take off our masks and laugh our way on the road ahead .. wonderful – thank – Hilary
.-= Hilary ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Stirling Castle – with all its history, defences, wall paintings and tapestries .. and the Museum of Modern Art, NYC =-.

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Mary (A Merry Life) May 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Great post Lance! Laughter is the best! 🙂
.-= Mary (A Merry Life)´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Change I Need =-.

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terie May 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm

This is such an awesome adventure and so much fun too. I wish I could have been there. I think laughing is such a stress reliever. I noticed that no matter how angry I am at a situation or a person, laughter will just make it all go away. I love to laugh and make others laugh, but laughing with my kids is the ultimate. Some of the best memories were made laughing at stories from our past. This is such a great way to enjoy life.

Thanks for the reminder, because sometimes we forget!!

Terie

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Lance May 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm

@scheng1 – There IS such a day!! It was started by the Laughter Yoga community, and what a wonderful way to promote the joy of laughing!! And – yes, kindergarten kids just do this automatically…EVERY DAY!

@Cheryl – Hi Cheryl!! Guess what?? You ARE CORRECT – my daughter LOVED the shopping!! (me?? what was I thinking!!) (ha!!) And that’s a great point – it only takes one to turn a somber mood into something much more cheerful! And that means we can all go out and do this…every day!

@Just Be Real – Thank you so much!! It was such a fun event to be a part of!

@Angelia – Hi Angelia!!! You know what? It was so fun handing out the Hawaian leis to people wandering through Grand Central Station! Seeing the smiles on their faces (mostly…some people are hard cases to crack!), and the sheer joy of getting to wear that lei – wow!! Now…about you….I pretty much think you walk around with a smile and a laugh always!! (cheery friend!!)

@Hilary – Hey Hilary!! My family thinks I’m bonkers!! Ha!!! And…they have to live with me! I’m all for being a little on the “not normal” side, though! It’s a great way to meander through life! Thanks so much for the support, Hilary!!

@Mary – Hi Mary!! Laughter is way awesome!!!

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Karla Bond May 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm

National Laughter Day really?!? How did I not know this?!? I think it’s fantastic. More people need to laugh in the world and lighten up and enjoy life. What a great idea to do.
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Zengirl @ Heart and Mind May 15, 2010 at 1:55 am

Lance,

I just found your site, neat stuff here. Sometimes, I laugh for something so silly and little, my preschooler always cracks me up! laughter is good for us, so I try 🙂 but having funny and fun people around me helps a lot.
.-= Zengirl @ Heart and Mind´s Last Fabulous Post ..10 simple things that make me happy! =-.

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Lance May 15, 2010 at 5:46 am

@Terie – Terie!!!! (sorry I missed you earlier…) I KNOW you are filled with laughter and joy! And it really does cut back so much on stress. (shouldn’t we all be doing more of it!!) And – I have to agree: laughing with my kids is such a blast, too! And it just connects us even more as a family! Anyway – great to see you here today, sweet friend!!!

@Karla – Hi Karla!! Yes, isn’t the idea of a WORLD Laughter Day pretty awesome!! And – doing this as a group – really powerful (and fun!)!!

@Zengirl – Hey Zengirl!! It’s great to have you here! Kids have a beautiful way of bringing laughter and light into the world – and just think if we could continue to carry that with us into adulthood. Keep laughing…and keep on being that laugh for others, too….

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Stacey Shipman May 15, 2010 at 6:03 am

I love how you say “fly halfway across country…” to laugh…sometimes we just get so comfortable. Love that you did this with your daughter! Love laughing!!!

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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} May 15, 2010 at 6:13 am

HI Sweet Lance,
Youre such a dear for sharing this video and your experience with us here. I so so wanted to be there for world laughter day….but i knew you guys would have fun…and see…you did! WOW!
All the laughter the giggles…the smiling hearts….isn’t that what life is all about…just supreme bliss watching that video.
Laughter does heal…..makes all the pain go away…and only brings forth such a hearty soulful bliss.
Thank you once again lance for being who you are…..You know you are loved for it 🙂
Much Love,
Z~

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Jenn May 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Lance, this was enchanting to be a part of here, today! 😉 I loved it. I am so captivated by these projects!!! and it is so inspiring to really encourage one another to shine!! thank you… for this gift.. and for sharing … The Levity Project is such a wonderful movement! hugs, Jenn
.-= Jenn´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Truth: I am Scared (to Death) to Shine!!!! =-.

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Mama Zen May 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

We must laugh! Otherwise . . .
.-= Mama Zen´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Wish Upon A Dandelion =-.

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Lance May 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm

@Stacey Shipman – You know what, Stacey…it was soooo worth that flight halfway across the country! And that’s it – it took us out of our comfort zone….literally! And in that – it also expanded our own horizons, our view of the world, and what we see as possible! And that’s all GREAT stuff! Keep on laughing, sweet friend…

@Zeenat – While I was halfway across the country…you were halfway across the WORLD!! And yet – you were so with us in spirit (and what a beautiful spirit that is!)!! The laughter in the video – so much of it is just from the people passing through Grand Central Station – truly music to the ears! Zeenat, your sweet and caring support is so appreciated!!

@Jenn – Hey Jenn!! These Levity Projects really touch upon something much deeper than just laughter (or dancing, or whatever). It’s really about releasing that joy that is within each of us…and in that, allowing others to do the same! And it’s been a beautiful experience!! Big hugs right back atcha!!

@Mama Zen – Hey Kelli!! Yes….laughter most certainly beats the opposite!!

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Robin Easton May 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm

THIS IS PRICELESS!!!!
I would have LOVED LOVED LOVED doing this.
I am so proud of you all for just DOING IT!!!
Even in the face of bombers.
We all need to laugh more.
Thank you so MUCH for encouraging this part of me.
I love it and you!!
Robin
.-= Robin Easton´s Last Fabulous Post ..You-Shaped Hole =-.

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J.D. Meier May 17, 2010 at 9:56 am

> For no reason at all! And feel your soul smiling back at you…
That’s a powerful line. It says a lot too. As if, it’s simply a decision to feel and reflect fun.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..More Spring Cleanup on Sources of Insight – Simplifying the Experience =-.

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Lance May 18, 2010 at 9:26 am

@Robin – Hi Robin!! Having watched some of your videos, I know very much that laughter is just part of who you are!! And – you help to bring that out in me! It’s contagious!! NYC was such a wonderful event – and it was because in that moment – there really was this sense of peace and unity…through laughter. Much love to you, sweet friend….

@J.D. Meier – Thanks!!! It really did feel just like that – feeling the “fun” within….and letting it shine outward!

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Keith Davis May 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

Hi lance
I started reading but had to stop when I got to this line….
“And…perhaps the best of all…precious time with my daughter (who, for the record, is growing up way too fast).”
The reason I stopped is that my daughter finished school today.
She’s 18 and has been at the same school since she was 3.
Next year she will be off to university!
Don’t miss out on time with your daughter Lance… the time goes so quickly.

I’ll read the rest of the post now.
.-= Keith Davis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Laugh and the world… =-.

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