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What Makes You Laugh? 5 Easy Ways to Laugh More

What’s the funniest thing you heard today, that made you lol? What makes you laugh? If you haven’t smiled or laughed today, you need these ways to laugh more.

Before the tips, a quip:

“I have six locks on my door all in a row.  When I go out, I lock every other one.  I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.” ~ Elayne Boosler.

See how easy it is to smile – or even laugh? Post your funniest one-liners where you can see them all the time.  And, watch funny movies and comedians, such as Jeff Dunham’s Arguing With Myself. It got almost 800 five-star reviews on Amazon.com — people love that guy!

What Makes You Laugh?

The reason it’s SO important to know what makes you laugh – and to laugh often – is because of the proven health benefits of laughter. Laughing strengthens your immune system, creates better relationships, and even helps you lose weight.

Achieving your life goals or living to be 110 years old isn’t fun unless you’re happy…and laughter makes you happy!

5 Easy Ways to Laugh More

Find funny anecdotes or one-liners

Typically, anecdotes are short stories – but sometimes a one-liner is all you need. For instance, you may chuckle when you hear a 5 year old kid say, “Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife.” Plus, one-liners are easier to remember. To laugh more often, create a “laughter file” of anecdotes, jokes and comic strips. When life gets you down, read your file for a happier mood.

Funny one liners — kids’ thoughts on love:

  • “Eighty-four, because at that age, you don’t have to work anymore, and you can spend all your time loving each other in your bedroom.” ~ Judy, 8
  • “Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife.” ~ Tom, 5
  • “It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” ~ Kenny, 7
  • “I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful.” ~ Harlen, 8
  • “If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don’t want to do it. It takes too long.” ~ Leo, 7
  • “It isn’t always just how you look. Look at me, I’m handsome like anything and I haven’t got anybody to marry me yet.” ~ Gary, 7
  • “I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.” ~ Regina, 10

Ask people what makes them laugh

Do you know what makes your loved ones laugh? Find out! And, remember that watching funny performances with others makes you laugh more than watching alone. Dr Sophie Scott at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience found that laughter is contagious because of certain responses in the brain. Laughing together also builds strong bonds in groups.

So, if your family get-togethers tend to be tense, lighten things up by watching a comedian or funny video together. A bestselling comedy is Despicable Me — and I’m a huge fan of Date Night! Both movies star Steve Carell.

Be aware of the gender divide

Men and women find different types of jokes funny, says Dr Pierce J. Howard, author of The Owner’s Manual for the Brain. Men like slapstick humor more than traditional jokes (e.g., the Three Stooges or Tim Allen in Home Improvement). Dr Howard says that women enjoy jokes about relationships, the battle of the sexes, childbirth, and raising children – and they have a more “dry” sense of humor than men.

When you’re figuring out what makes your partner laugh, don’t forget these gender differences! They may be as important as the punch line.

Fun, Creative Stress Busters – The Most Unusual Ways to Relax is a good source of ways to laugh more.

Watch kittens, puppies, and baby humans scamper

Kittens, puppies, and babies are surefire ways to get the giggles going. Watching kittens wrestle, scamper, and hide in Kleenex boxes will tickle your funny bone – even just the thought of them makes you smile, doesn’t it? You don’t even have to spend time with “real” kids or animals to laugh more often; simply watching funny videos on YouTube is a great way to relax for a few minutes.

Don’t just ask for tickles — tickle people you love

Psychologist Randy Flanagan of Queen’s University says that you can’t tickle yourself, but if you want a good laugh you can enlist a loved one to awaken the nerves in your skin. Just make sure you’re caught by surprise, because anticipated tickles don’t usually get the giggles going. Tickles provide the additional benefit of human contact, so don’t be shy. Start a “tickle fight” with someone today!

If these tips for finding things that make you laugh don’t excite you, read Is Your Life Boring? 115 Things to Do When You’re Bored.

What makes you laugh? Comments, jokes, and one-liners welcome below!

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5 thoughts on “What Makes You Laugh? 5 Easy Ways to Laugh More”

  1. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    From the TV Show “The Doctors”:

    Researchers at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California have shown that regular intense laughter can affect the body almost like physical exercise, lowering blood pressure, decreasing stress hormones, increasing “good” cholesterol, and decreasing “bad.” Try to get at least an hour of hard-core laughing a week, even it’s just 10 minutes a day of getting tickled by your toddler or partner.

  2. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Syd,

    Yes, those one-liners are hilarious, huh?! :-)

    I wanted to add another funny joke or one-liner here, to make you laugh, but after several minutes of searching the internet, I found nothing! This highlights the importance of keeping a “joke file” with cartoons, one-liners, funny pictures, etc — so you can make yourself laugh when you need it.

  3. I loved the kids’ one-liners. They have such a wonderful perspective on life! Thanks for making me smile today. :)

  4. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Rose,

    I’m glad you found those one-liners funny — I did too :-)
    Laughing more often is easier than exercising or trying to eat healthy all the time…and almost as important.

  5. Whoever has said laughter to be the best medicine must be an extremely wise man! The above quotes by kids are hilarious,ROFLMAO! I think happiness is the path towards a long life. Happy people live longer , so keep laughing!