Laughter Revisited

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“We don't stop laughing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop laughing” ~ Michael Pritchard

August 2009.


Laughing to bring a sense of goodness and cheer to a small part of the world.


Wonderful friend Katie West in on a mission to make the world a happier place.  Her website, The Levity Project, is all about ways to add some extra levity and laughter to your life.  And one of her missions has been to do this through fifteen minute laughter events.


Back to August.  And to the laughter event Katie was organizing for the month.  What a great idea!  Although, not something I wanted to tackle myself in Wisconsin, a long ways from Maine, and the place Katie and her army of laughter soldiers beckoned from.


So, I teamed up with Kim and Jason Kotecki, an amazing husband/wife duo from here in Wisconsin, whose website, Escape Adulthood, is about letting the inner kid within you out a bit more.


With Katie's expert assistance, we created a plan for bringing a laughter event to Madison, Wisconsin.  What an amazing day!


Watch the video above, it speaks for itself.  Laughter is contagious.  Laughter is fun.  Laughter is connecting.  Laughter just feels good.


Laughter Is Soul Good

While I've known just how good it feels to laugh, organizing and participating in this event really brought a deeper awareness of just how good laughter can be for us.

"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul." ~ Yiddish Proverb

Laughter felt so connecting that day!  Connecting within to a deeper part of me, and connecting outward with people I'd never even met before. 

How can you make laughter a bigger part of your day?  Is there anything special you notice when you laugh?

Edit:  The umbrella hat?  It's courtesy of Katie…all part of her raining a colorful rainbow into the world.

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Joanna September 21, 2009 at 7:15 am

You can make laughter a part of your day by connecting with joy filled souls around the globe. This is something I do on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and blogs every singe day. Lance, Twitter conversations with you and YumYucky truly make me laugh out loud.

“Meeting” you has been a gift.
.-= Joanna´s Last Fabulous Post ..A bowl of oooh’s and Oz =-.


Lisis September 21, 2009 at 7:18 am

Fantastic! What a great idea… these should be regular events throughout the country. Just like in China people gather for Tai Chi events, we (goofballs) could gather for Laughter events.

You know, just reading the word “Laughter” so many times in this post lifted my spirits. What a magical, powerful word (and activity)!!!

Can’t wait to check out that Escape Adulthood site… sounds right up my alley! 🙂
.-= Lisis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Adventure: How to Get From Fear to Faith =-.


Christy September 21, 2009 at 7:29 am

This was a great video. Thanks for sharing.


Sonia Panesar September 21, 2009 at 8:01 am

Laughter is such a stress relief and is contagious and can also cheer other people up. I always say to my stepdad that there are a lot of bad things in the world to make you feel down and upset but there are also a lot of good and fun things in the world too.
.-= Sonia Panesar´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sex Before Marriage: Should I Or Shouldn’t I? =-.


Jay Schryer September 21, 2009 at 9:01 am

What a great idea! There definitely needs to be more laughing in the world. Too many people go through their lives with a permanent scowl, infecting everyone they meet with unhappiness. The power of laughter is much like the power of a smile, only more so. It uplifts the spirits and lightens the heart. Laughter radiates joy into the world around us, and makes it a better place for us all.

Thank you, Lance, for making everyone’s day better and brighter.
.-= Jay Schryer´s Last Fabulous Post ..God is Play-Doh =-.


Caity September 21, 2009 at 9:07 am

Oh my gosh – it’s YOU!! This is so fantastic! Smiles and laughter is so contagious! I always try to smile at people to brighten their days and spread around happiness. That’s why my online alias is “Caity Sparkles.” I like to think that I sparkle at people and smile and brighten up their otherwise dreary days. Thank you so much for this. I needed it today. I am home sick and needed some laughter myself today. 🙂
.-= Caity´s Last Fabulous Post ..Stick sick… and Aion! =-.


Positively Present September 21, 2009 at 9:28 am

Laughter = awesome. And this post is awesome too! 🙂 Thanks for the uplifting message today!
.-= Positively Present´s Last Fabulous Post ..5 simple ways to cultivate inner peace =-.


Tim September 21, 2009 at 9:32 am

Hi Lance:

Thanks for sharing this, it is a very cool idea. I’ve heard of a laughter yoga group in my area that gets together to stretch everyone’s laughter muscles. I don’t know how it differs from your event, but it sounds intriguing. Thanks for your post and getting my day started with some fun!
.-= Tim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Arrr! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! =-.


suzen September 21, 2009 at 9:52 am

Hi Lance! Fabulous to see the laughter experiment! I agree with everyone commenting – we need more laughter in the world! So much healing takes place! I don’t pretend to understand the biochemistry of how this works but its true! And the gal who said she was so energized from the experiment – yep! A good laugh will give the best side effects you could hope for!

Thanks so much for sharing this! I am sorry I couldn’t make this event but let me know if you plan another one! I really hope this catches on!

Love, laughter and hugs
.-= suzen´s Last Fabulous Post ..I’m Alive! Celine Dion and Great Inspiration =-.


Lisa's Chaos September 21, 2009 at 10:26 am

This is GREAT! Wish I had known about it! Laughter is contagious! I laughed while watching!
.-= Lisa’s Chaos´s Last Fabulous Post ..Natural Macro Monday =-.


Keith September 21, 2009 at 10:32 am

Hi Lance!

The video was great! It looks as if everyone involved had a wonderful time, and I bet there were bystanders who had a brighter day because of what you guys did! Great job! I love how you don’t just discuss an idea, you go out and DO IT!
.-= Keith´s Last Fabulous Post ..Joy In The Journey =-.


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord September 21, 2009 at 11:04 am

I loved watching this on Katie’s site, and love seeing it here, as well. On days when I’m laughing, my energy is just higher, bigger, and all things feel so easy. I used to laugh a lot where I worked, and whenever I traveled out of town for days at a time, my office mates would send emails saying they missed hearing my laugh.

Of all the things I don’t know about this life, one thing I do know is that I want to always be laughing. And I’d love to die laughing. How cool would that be?!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Feeling Prosperous =-.


Lynn September 21, 2009 at 11:44 am

Lance – how great to see you and hear the laughter! Just viewing this film and reading your words will make me have a better day! And it was already good. 🙂
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Thistle, umbrella to umbrella and delightful =-.


Tess The Bold Life September 21, 2009 at 12:25 pm

This video shows your personality loud and clear. I love to laugh and make others laugh. I think this is what exactly what the world needs today. Laugh on and congratulations on a video that rocks!


Nadia - Happy Lotus September 21, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Hi Lance,

Thank you so much for sharing the video with all of us. Laughter is definitely the best medicine and so contagious. It was great to watch you all have a great time and it made me laugh too. 🙂
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..The September Issue of My Life =-.


Marelisa September 21, 2009 at 12:44 pm

I love the video, and it’s so awesome that you took a chance and did this Lance. And the umbrella hat is great, I have to admit I’ve always wanted one of those. 🙂


Audra Krell September 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Hi Lance, The umbrella hat is perfect. You must wear it when our families meet! Love this video, what a great project, watching the video made me laugh. My umbrella hat is off to you guys, a great group bringing joy to the world, one laugh at a time. Awesome!
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Gonna be a Chai Wallah =-.


Lori September 21, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Love it!
I wish I could have been there with you all; plus, I LOVE Madison!
Lance, it was great to see your smiling face there live and with animation.
This lifted my spirits. I realized by the end of the video I was laughing, too!
Big hugs to you and Katie.
.-= Lori´s Last Fabulous Post ..Nature is Music =-.


Stacey Shipman September 21, 2009 at 2:06 pm

You are so awesome. Thanks for sharing this video…it looks like a great day!! I was laughing just watching it. 🙂
.-= Stacey Shipman´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Stress? The Day My Website Disappeared =-.


JenX September 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm

this is honestly a courageous thing to do – in our grumpy old world full of curmudgeons – one who dares to make laughing and laughter a cause is brave. i love it!
.-= JenX´s Last Fabulous Post ..summer’s ceaseless deaths of gen x icons, and autumn can’t come soon enough =-.


Bern September 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm

When someone is telling a joke, they create a line of thought where the listener is following along but identifies and expects what is perceived as a normal outcome. The normal outcome is a habitual tendency that an individual or society may practice. At the end of the story line however, a punch – line is inserted to knock one’s self out of the normal pattern or orbit to a place they have not been before in their minds. Therefore, liberation of the loop has taken place momentarily. The by product is laughter because the listeners are rising or thrusting to a higher vibrational plateau, but usually fall back into the loop that was just made fun of. The state of laughing are the feelings that one receives during this orbital shift of awareness.
.-= Bern´s Last Fabulous Post ..Transcendence =-.


vered - blogger for hire September 21, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I remember reading somewhere that research shows laughter really is good for you, as in it’s healthy – medically speaking.
.-= vered – blogger for hire´s Last Fabulous Post ..Control a Woman Remote Control =-.


Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings September 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm

So I’m laughing right now Lance! And that hat. I have to get me one of those! So awesome to see you guys spreading laughter. Gutsy, funny and very giving of you. Patch Adams would be proud.
.-= Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s Last Fabulous Post ..Kick Arse Question – Living Like You Mean It =-.


Laura Neff - Life Leadership Coach September 21, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Lance! You are such a bright spot. Thank you for mobilizing your bright light into the world! I love that you reached out for support and comaraderie when you had the intuitive nudge not to do this alone. The whole event was about laughter and community, so it makes sense that you would have collaborated to create a smashing, hootin’ and hollerin’ success! 🙂


Sharmila September 21, 2009 at 5:23 pm

“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.” ~ Yiddish Proverb
I love this quote, Lance! 🙂 what a great post idea! Isn’t it bizarre how it seems like a new concept at times in our lives? Really, it is the best medicine!
~ To answer this: Is there anything special you notice when you laugh?
before I was sick, I laughed a lot and was super social! I am still getting that back, however, I do remember it! It’s funny because I am a shy person by nature, but when I laugh, I laugh the loudest! 😉 At my last work place; in our break room I’d be with a group of others and we’d get going and me and this other guy’s laugh would carry and the other coworkers who were still working would be envious cause we were having such a good time! It’s funny how many times my good sensed humor was loud, supposedly cute and contagious, but often I was told to hush because I have such a funny loud contagious laugh 😉 hehe. you’d never guess it! 😉 I do miss those days,.. it’s funny you posted this because I’ve been lightening up more and more lately and I think soon I’ll be my laughing self again .. I sure hope so! 🙂 Laughter is great! 😉
.-= Sharmila´s Last Fabulous Post .."I’m on the Strengths Path: Feels Great!" =-.


Wilma Ham September 21, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Laughter is indeed contageous and lightens us up. Kids do it so whole heartedly.
Laughter is release and indeed remove the nasties from our mind.
There are laughing clubs where people come together to laugh. It is like one person says on the video, in the beginning it is kind of superficial but it doesn’t take long before the laughing becomes real and therapeutic, the fake it till you make it thing works here too.
How would it be if every business meeting would start with laughing first, hmm.
Can we expect a video about that soon, Lance?
.-= Wilma Ham´s Last Fabulous Post ..The benefits of doing completion. =-.


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now September 21, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Love this video. I think I would have felt a little weird at first, but once I got into the moment I would have had a blast too.

We have to seize laughter by the horns and let it take us where it may. Congrats on what looked like a great time.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..25 Reasons Why You Should Pre-order the Happiness Project Book =-.


FatFighterTV September 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm

I couldn’t get the video to play, even on YouTube for some reason. I will try again later.

The best is when you laugh so hard, you can’t breathe, your stomach feels like you’ve been doing 100 crunches, and you have tears in your eyes. It just feel so good!
.-= FatFighterTV´s Last Fabulous Post ..How to learn to love your work – my early years in TV =-.


Jodi at Joy Discovered September 21, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Hi Lance!
Laughter rocks!! Watching this video was a joyful experience; it was great to see you in the video, too! What a day. It’s great to see the re-cap. Way to go organizing the event!
.-= Jodi at Joy Discovered´s Last Fabulous Post ..Expressing Thanks =-.


Caroline September 22, 2009 at 12:36 am

Lance…this was fantastic! Thank you for sharing. I needed to laugh today. There really is nothing better than a good belly laugh…especially when you laugh so hard you cry. The best!
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..Bittersweet =-.


Davina September 22, 2009 at 2:59 am

Hi Lance. Looks like that was a great day… even the weather was smiling down on you all. Knowing you, rain wouldn’t have dampened the spirits. You’ve just reminded me that I’ve been meaning to try a laughter yoga class and still haven’t got around to it. But I’ve been pretty good at exercising my sense of humour the past while. Even more powerful though to get a group together to do this.


Jannie Funster September 22, 2009 at 3:41 am

I think I just might have to try that laughter thing, 🙂 it looks fun! I am usually kind of a glum type : ) so this might be a nice change for me. 🙂

No, seriously — I want to host this in Austin next year, or come up and join you in Madison. Yeah!

And so FUN to see you bopping around in the video, Lance, I think we all feel we’ve known you forever now, buddy!

.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Just Plain What The Heck? — Funny Keyword Searches, 5 =-.


Suzie Cheel September 22, 2009 at 4:02 am

Hi Lance
Love it and great to see you on video- I love to laugh and today was a little blue. A red sunset and a good laugh and now a good glass of red and I am all full of joy again, thanks
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Am I Grateful For Today? #138 =-.


Lance September 22, 2009 at 4:57 am

@Joanna – Hey Joanna! And I never would have thought, how fun and laughter could happen so easily even when you’re not face to face. So, I know exactly what you mean – and having had the opportunity to connect up via Twitter with you and Yum Yucky has been a laugh a minute! Know that it is completely a two-way street – you shine brightly, my friend! Thank you!

@Lisis – Hi Lisis. Yes, this should become a regular occurence! And, Katie IS working on that – looking for ways to do this regularly, plus bring in some other similar projects to add some extra levity to the world. I’m telling you, Katie is like a shining goofball! She’s the perfect leader for a bunch of other goofballs who want to help spread this message! And definitely check out Kim and Jason’s site, too. It’s filled with so much fun and lightness…

@Christy – Thanks much Christy!

@Sonia – Hi Sonia. Laughter is contagious. And that was evident in doing this event. While not everyone saw the humor in what we were doing, many did – and several began laughing just at seeing us laugh! That was fun to see – the reactions of people as we went along. And you’re right, even when we seem to be surrounded by “bad”, there’s still so much good and fun in this world. And we shouldn’t lock ourselves into that spot that’s surrounded by “bad”. Find some of that fun, and life is just so much better!

@Jay – Hi Jay! You know, that’s it – our attitude and what we’re portraying – can rub off on others. So, what is the message we want to pass on – that of anger, or that of joy? We have a choice, in how we act ourselves. I choose laughter and smiles, and I know you do, too, Jay!!

@Caity – Ha!! Yes, that IS me! The “Caity Sparkles” moniker is such a great one, because it does just that – it puts some extra sparkle in everyone’s day! See, even just words can have such a positive effect! You do sparkle, Caity! And I hope you’re feeling better quickly… Keep on bringing your awesome sparkle to the world!

@Positively Present – Laughter sure is awesome, Dani! This was such a fun event to do, and to relive through the video! Woohoo!!


Lance September 22, 2009 at 5:20 am

@Tim – Hi Tim! Laughter yoga is also something that Katie gets into. And I’m sure it’s very soul-refreshing! I think the difference would be that this event was done out in a public place, for many others to see, while laughter yoga is likely done in a studio with just a group of people at the studio. Both very excellent (although different) ways to bring extra laughter into your life. You may want to check out Katie’s site, or contact her – she can provide much more insight on this.

@Suzen – Hi Suzen! It was so fun! Laughter is definitely something where more is better. It just feels so good! And yes, there are healing qualities to laughter as well. I know Katie has talked to me about this, and how she’s worked with individuals who get so many healing benefits from laughter. Suzen, there was so much eneergy, especially the more we got into it – and everyone really became comfortable laughing! And I will let you know if we get another one going. I hope it catches on too – Katie has come up with a magnificent idea!

@Lisa’s Chaos – Hi Lisa! This was a great event! If we do this again, I’ll be sure to let you know. Thanks for watching…

@Keith – Hi Keith! Thanks much! I know there were bystanders whose day was brightened because of this. In fact, we had the local NBC affiliate along with us, taping the whole thing too. And they aired it on the local news that night. Here’s a link to that video, if you’re interested: . So hopefully, even in the midst of some of the bad news that is shown on the local news, maybe this story also touched a few people in ways that brought a few extra smiles to their day.

@Megan – Hi Megan! Thanks for checking this out on Katie’s site, too! And I love the story you’ve shared about how your laughter brought such good vibes to your office mates! I’d say that all fits with the “JoyGirl” moniker you go by, as well. Megan, I agree – I want always be able to laugh, too! It just feels to good! And if that’s the way we end up leaving this earth…that would be a very awesome way to move on from here! Keep laughing and spreading your goodness, my friend…

@Lynn – Hi Lynn! Thank you. And glad to put a little extra cheer in your day – even a day that was already brimming with goodness!

@Tess – Hi Tess. Laughing is so good, isn’t it – and especially when we can make others laugh, that just feels deeply good. More laughter is always a good thing. So, what Katie is up to is filled with awesomeness! That I could be a small part of this has been an honor! I’ll keep on laughing…and I know you will too!


Lance September 22, 2009 at 5:40 am

@Nadia – Hi Nadia! It was so much fun to do this, and now to share the video here – thanks for watching! There’s definitely truth to the statement “laughter is the best medicine”! Nadia, it just felt so good to do this, and when we finished – do you think there was anyone in our group who was not filled with happiness and joy? No way! It just made everyone feel brighter and more alive!

@Marelisa – Hi Mare! Thanks so much! When Katie told me she was sending a little surprise for me, I was a bit skeptical. That hat is so fun, tough! It gets passed around and worn around our house quite a bit! In fact, my youngest son was going to wear it to school – except he thinks it has to be raining in order to wear it. And now it’s been dry for weeks. Maybe one of these days we’ll get a rainy day, and he can wear it to brighten everyone’s day he comes in contact with!

@Audra – Hi Audra! Isn’t that umbrella hat fun! As I was telling Marelisa up above, I wasn’t sure what Katie’s was sending when she told me she had a surprise. What a fun one!! And deal – when we meet – I’ll wear the hat! Audra, thanks so much for watching, and for all your encouragement and support. You make me smile, always…

@Lori – Ha ha ha ha!! Thanks Lori!! Madison is really a fun city (and a place we just don’t get to very much – even as close as we are). And so good to hear – that this brought laughter for you, too! Big hugs right back to you, my friend…

@Stacey Shipman – Hi Stacey! Thank you! This was so fun to do – and the fun was really the whole thing – from the planning with Katie and Kim – to the doing on August 22nd. We had a great day, and just a really great time! And through just a few minutes of laughter together, this group of people became so much closer together than we would have had laughter not been involved. And that was one of the real amazing things for me – this idea of how laughter can so easily break down the walls that separate us, and bring us closer together. So awesome!

@JenX – Hi Jen. And doing this with other people made this so much easier than it would have been were I doing it alone. There is power in numbers! It was a lot of fun to bring some extra laughter and smiles to the world! Thanks much, Jen, for watching, and for your encouragement.

@Bern – This shift of awareness, very well described, Bern. Thank you for walking us through that, and how a joke becomes so funny. And talking of jokes, that’s another great way to make people laugh! Here’s to telling lots of jokes and bringing more humor to people along the way!


Dr Rus Jeffrey September 22, 2009 at 5:45 am

In a class I took entitled “Laughter, Joy & Healing” the professor told us in order to stay healthy, we needed at least 10 good belly-laughs a day. That was back in 1992. At that point the number was up from 4 in 1992. I wonder what the number is today. Whatever that number might be, I’m sure we do still need lots of belly-laughs!
.-= Dr Rus Jeffrey´s Last Fabulous Post ..Christian Perfection =-.


Lance September 22, 2009 at 7:28 am

@Vered – Yes, that sounds familiar to me too. “Laughter is the best medicine” is probably a very accurate statement!

@Sami – Hey, all right!! It’s probably the hat that started you laughing! Katie’s bright and brilliant idea…the hat was. I didn’t know what she was sending when she said she had a surprise for me. Sami, this was so much fun…and Patch Adams rocks!!

@Laura – Hi Laura! Thanks so much! Yes, I definitely had that nudge that this wasn’t something I wanted to take on all by myself. And Madison was the perfect venue for this – a huge farmer’s market right downtown – with so many people all over the place! And you’re right – and I hadn’t even thought of it that way – this was about laughter and community – and so it was great to connect up with Kim and Jason on this – awesome all the way around!

@Sharmila – Hi Jen! Isn’t that a great quote! Laughter is so good for our soul, and for our bodies. Jen, that laugh that was there, it’s in you. It’s there, and it will be back and beautiful and so filled with YOU. What a great thing at your previous place of work – to bring out so much fun regardless of what others thought. Just listen to that inner voice of yours, and that laugh will come…I’m sure of it, my friend…

@Wilma – Hi Wilma! Yes, this is so easy for kids to do – to laugh almost spontaneously. And when we do this, when we laugh, it sure does help to clear us of some of the bad stuff that might be floating around. It was fake laughter at first – but it quickly became so real and so much fun – even when it was fake. And as Katie has told me, our bodies don’t know the difference between fake laughter and real laughter – so it’s all good! Starting a meeting like this? Hmmm…. I’m not sure I’m quite ready to tackle that video just yet… Speaking of video, though, there will be more coming later this week…

@Karl – Hi Karl! It was a little weird at first, and I think everyone felt just a bit strange, doing this, and faking it to start. It so quickly became real and fun, though, and that was what was so cool. And it didn’t matter what others thought of us and we went about having fun (although most people seemed to be enjoying it!).

@FatFighterTV – Hi Sahar! Gosh, sorry to hear the video didn’t work. Hmmm… Well, I wonder if it would help if I laughed here. Ha Ha Ha Ha! Not quite the same, although that what there was a alot of. In fact we started our group out by talking about laughter – Ha He and Ho, and how they are the basis for laughter. Yes, when you laugh until your stomach hurts, that’s pretty great!


Lance September 22, 2009 at 12:30 pm

@Jodi – Hi Jodi! Laughter is way awesome! And this was such a fun event, being able to work beside Kim and Jason, and have my family there alongside me – just a great day all around! Thanks much, Jodi, for this – and for everything you give so generously.

@Caroline – Thanks much, Caroline! And glad I could provide a laugh! It wasn’t the hat, was it?!?!? And yes, those deep, from the belly laughs – those are great!

@Davina – Hi Davina! And the weather – geez, we couldn’t have gotten any luckier! After several weekends that were just nasty – this was a perfect summer day – yes, the weather was very much smiling down on us! And maybe rain wouldn’t have dampened my spirits because of the fancy headwear I was wearing! (thanks again, Katie!) I hear laughter yoga is a really great experience, and it’s something that Katie gets involved in. I’m sure she would gladly answer any questions you might have. You can find her contact info on her site.

@Jannie – Yes, Jannie…you take life way too seriously!!! Ha!! That is so far from the truth! You are a constant smile of quirkiness and silliness, all wrapped up on a sweet little music suit (whatever one of those looks like!)! And definitely – host one of these. You know Miss Katie…and she’s the ring leader here! And you’re always welcome here – come on up – maybe we could do one in January – in snowsuits – while dodging snowballs! And then I’ll join you in Austin, and we’ll run from fire ants like crazy people (wait…some of us already qualify as this). Cocoa Puffs to you!

@Suzie – Hi Suzie! Some days are like that, when we’re a little blue-er than normal. And sometimes all it takes is a little bit of cheer to change that. It’s great having you here, Suzie! Always! Enjoy the wine, the sunset, the laugh, and life…

@Dr. Rus – Hi Dr. Rus! So…the more good belly-laughs, the better, huh! Okay, I’ll work on getting mine in for today! Great stuff!


Barbara Swafford September 22, 2009 at 1:08 pm

LOL Lance,

What a wonderful experience you all created for those who participated – and now with us.

Yes, laughter is great medicine and definitely a good way to brighten a day. Thank you for shining sunshine on mine. 😆
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Write Responsibly Right From The Start =-.


Liara Covert September 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Laughter is healing medicine. It is unlimited, universally accessible every moment.
.-= Liara Covert´s Last Fabulous Post ..Reach new dimensions of existence =-.


Laurie September 22, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Oh what fun! I was thinking about you during this time and was laughing here in Texas Lance! I believe the only think I like more than laughing is making others laugh too.

A friend of mine from Israel was with us the day my mom died. He was taken back by our “tradition”. That evening after she died, we all went out to dinner together, left an open chair for my mom, shared stories and celebrated her life with laughter. It was so healing…

Spread the laughter Lance! The hat was great!


BeTrulyHappy September 22, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Laughing always puts me in a great mood.

Scientists are actually doing research and learning that laughter is good for your health too. It releases some sort of chemical that helps relieve stress.

I’m laughing as I write this post…love it!
.-= BeTrulyHappy´s Last Fabulous Post ..Top Places to Build Wealth =-.


Evita September 22, 2009 at 6:56 pm

This is so great Lance! I just saw it on Katie’s site and loved it. For the most part, that you guys captured this awesome event for both those of us who weren’t there and secondly for others to see what is possible when people get together for goodness and fun.

It looks like it was such a great event, and definitely makes one want to laugh even as they watch it 🙂
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Winner of The Path: Afterlife DVD & Your Thoughts On Death and the Afterlife =-.


John September 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Wow, Lance! You and everyone else sure had a blast. You’re really making a difference in people’s lives, both on and off the blog.

Love the video by the way! Take care and keep on laughing 🙂
.-= John´s Last Fabulous Post ..My First Steps Towards Lifestyle Design =-.


Lance September 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm

@Barbara – Ha! Glad to have you laughing with me Barbara!! It really was a wonderful experience, and so refreshing for my soul! Thanks much Barbara!

@Liara – Hi Liara! Yes, it sure is healing medicine! And to think, it’s readily available to us, whenever we want it – and at no charge. What a great medicine!!

@Laurie – Laurie, it was great to have you laughing with us all the way from Texas! That’s so awesome!! And when we can make others laugh, that is such a good feeling – and to think about all the good it’s bringing them, too – wow!! There’s an author we heard speak this past spring – David Naster – and he’s written specifically about laughter during difficult times. And how therapeutic it can be. And you, Laurie, have done that – and look how healing that was for you and your family. I’ll keep spreading the laughter here…and wearing the hat…

@BeTrulyHappy – Mood…yes, laughter sure has a way of changing our moods. It’s pretty hard to be in a bad mood AND be laughing. So good to have you laughing as you read this – and not only because it feels good, also for your health too (isn’t that awesome!)!

@Evita – It was great that Kim and Jason brought along their camera man – he did an awesome job of capturing the whole event! And it’s great to share that here with everyone. Evita, it’s always great having you here, and your words are filling me with lots of happiness tonight…

@John – Hi John! It was a complete blast doing this. And even though it seemed a bit strange as we were starting out, once we all got going, it just plain felt fun! Thanks much for stopping by!


Patricia September 22, 2009 at 11:41 pm

The health giving virus – laughter
Thank you for doing this and sharing this great idea on your blog…I appreciated it very much and all your efforts
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miruspeg September 23, 2009 at 5:37 am

“Laughter is the best medicine” Lance.
Laughter connects us, and that alone has health benefits.
Average adults laugh around 15 times per day, while studies suggest that children laugh around 350-450 times per day. Laughter energizes us and no wonder children have so much energy.
You are a treasure Lance.
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Yum Yucky September 23, 2009 at 8:07 am

HA! I knew you were the ringleader, Lance. Great video! This would’ve been a lot fun to experience in person. I love when I laugh so hard that I can barely breathe….or is that dangerous?
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Jeanne September 23, 2009 at 9:06 am

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Lance September 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm

@Patricia – Yes, the best kind of virus to have!! And believe me, the pleasure was all mine in this, it was so much fun. Thanks for stopping by today!

@Miruspeg – Hi Peggy! Laughter is just so good for us, and it was so evident when we were out there as a group having a great time getting our laughter on! Peggy, thank you for everything you give…

@Yum Yucky – Hey Josie! Thanks! You know me and videos – hard to keep a straight face! And as long as you’re not “not breathing” for too long…carry on!

@Jeanne – Thank you!


jonathan figaro September 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Laughter is definitely the cure to may symptoms of human behaviors. Laughter can create a posiitve mind, reduce stress, increase life span. create happiness and provide a peace of mind. Laughter is truly a gift from god!


Angelia Sims September 23, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I hadn’t had a chance to comment when I watched it the first time. So GOSH DARN I had to watch it again! I love it. What an awesome thing to do. It sure made my belly warm watching it.
I frequently play the ha ha game with my daughter. Have you played that?
Loser is the one that can’t stop at the right number of HA’s because they start laughing hysterically, but everyone wins because we get a good long laugh out of it. Always entertaining!
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brandi September 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm

well you know how I feel about laughter 😉

this is awesome!!

and I love that quote…
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E. Thai September 23, 2009 at 5:38 pm

I started blogging this year and am amazed at how much interesting and fun blogs like yours are out there. Really enjoyed the video and your posting on laughter. I recently watch “Night at the museum” on DVD. Great movie. I haven’t laugh this hard in a long time, and it felt good.
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Lance September 24, 2009 at 4:47 am

@Jonathan – Hi Jonathan! Laughter is a gift, yes indeed! And a gift from our Maker. Just look at how good it is for us and how good we feel when we do it – so many, mnay good things!

@Angelia – Angelia, thank YOU for watching more than once – wow! And no I haven’t played the game you shared, and now I’ll have to try it out! It sounds like a blast, and just a great way to really “get your laugh on”! Thanks so much for sharing that!!

@Brandi – Hey Brandi! Yep…I know your take on this (yahoo!!)… Thanks much for being here, and sharing in the moment… Let’s keep on laughing, right!

E. Thai – “Night at the Museum” is a very fun movie! A great one to watch and really get some great laughs in. Congrats on starting your blog this year, I’ll be over later to check it out!


Sara September 24, 2009 at 10:37 am

Lance — You come up with the coolest videos. This one literally made me LAUGH and it felt good, just like you said it would:~) THANKS!!
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jonathan figaro September 24, 2009 at 12:25 pm

@lance, Why do you laughter is such an essential part to growth and maturity. In addition how can laughter help us in general?
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Dr. J September 24, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people!
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Lance September 25, 2009 at 5:23 am

@Sara – Hi Sara! Glad to hear this made you laugh – very cool! Thanks for being here…

@Jonathan – I think laughing helps just in general not take things so seriously. And as we grow and mature, we hopefully also see that life doesn’t have to be about meeting some pre-defined image. It’s about being ourselves, in whatever form that is. And it probably means that there’ll also be moments when people think we’re weird or strange. And if we can laugh at ourselves, and laugh with the world – that’s a therapeutic form of assuring ourselves where we’re at is right and good. And I think it also helps others to see that life doesn’t have to just be all serious and stoic. And that makes life a lot more fun! Thanks for the questions!

@Dr. J – Ah yes, it sure is! Laughter really breaks down barriers!


Jennifer September 29, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Lance, I loved seeing and hearing this report on your project. I think it’s so wonderful that you helped to organize this. I know that it made a difference in a lot of lives and that it made you feel good as well. Hats off to you for sticking your neck out once again. Thank you for the sunshine you always spread wherever you are. May much laughter and happiness return to you.

Is there anything I notice when I laugh? Yes, I always feel lighter and more free. It’s worth doing many times over!
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Lance October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm

This was such a fun day! It did make a difference – probably in ways I’ll never fully realize. It also made a difference in my life – these 15 minutes changed me – really in how I consciously think about laughter. I just feel like I’m much more aware now of if I’m adding some levity to the moment, or if I’m taking away from it. And that, right there – if that’s all that came from this – was so worth it! Keep laughing Jennifer. And one thing I always draw from your comments, is a level of happiness – which is “you”, shining through!


Lafwell @ chronic illness and laughter October 28, 2009 at 10:20 am

I love to laugh! It is so healing, especially noticeable after years of almost non-stop crying!! What I do to laugh is speak ‘baby talk’ to most of my dear ones, take everything lightly and look for the fun in it and appreciate greatly what I have


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