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Why We Laugh: 'I Would Trade Any Worldly Desire For A Hearty Belly Laugh'

Paula Tursi | Posted 12.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Paula Tursi

If you had to make a list of all the things that made you want to be with the people you have chosen in your life, what would be on it? Is it that they are good-looking, know all the best places to go, are they super smart or really generous, is it physical chemistry?

Cara Santa Maria

Do Animals Have A Sense Of Humor? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.25.2012 | Science

LOLCats may make us laugh out loud, but do the kittens in these adorable memes find their own behavior funny? I wondered about humor in the animal kin...

Laughter Is Sacred Space

Ted Swartz | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Ted Swartz

On a path to be a Mennonite pastor, I had gone back to school at age 30 in order to prepare for seminary, along with three small children, a supportive wife and a congregation sponsoring us. While in undergrad I took an acting class, and fell in love with this art form.

Why It is Important to Crack the Humor Code

Peter McGraw and Joel Warner | Posted 11.07.2012 | Comedy
Peter McGraw and Joel Warner

When done well, humor can have a significant positive effect on your life. Isn't it time we use a little more academic rigor to figure out how it works?

The Secret To Long Life?

Jewels Of Elul | Norman Lear | Posted 08.21.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

How To Stop Fear Before It Starts

Mary Pritchard | Posted 10.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

Don't sweat the small stuff, because you are so much more than whatever it is you're afraid of.

How Humor Gives A New Perspective (And Relieves Stress)

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 10.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

One of the discoveries I made when writing my graduate thesis was that humor provides psychological, physical, spiritual, and social benefits. The benefit that most resonated with me is the way that humor helps us to manage stress.

WATCH: 100 Greatest Maniacal Movie Laughs

Posted 08.13.2012 | Comedy

It's Monday morning, the weekend has already become a distant memory, and it's time to face an inbox full of unread emails with disdain. Time to pull ...

How to Make a 'Buddha Doodle'

Molly Hahn | Posted 09.29.2012 | Comedy
Molly Hahn

Namaste y'all! In lieu of today's daily doodle, I've made a REALLY FUN video on "How to Make a 'Buddha Doodle.'" Enjoy!

Why Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Intent | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living

People have long said that laughter is the best medicine, and we know now of its many positive physiological effects. There is plenty of evidence on why we should laugh, so why don't we?

WATCH: Your Turn: Laughter

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

It may sound cliche, but it's true - laughter is the best medicine. There have been times in my life where I've seen laughter work its magic on people...

Laugh And Be Strong!

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Kabbalah's Tree of Life consists of 10 energy centers that are emanations of divine energy. Each one, called a sefirah, has many associations and qualities.

Belly Dancing and Laughter: How to Add Years to Your Life - or Life to Your Year

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 08.27.2012 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

I looked around the room at my friends, each straining to make circular motions with their less-than-flexible hips while trying to keep their heads still, and tried (unsuccessfully) to stifle a giggle.

WATCH: Tickled Rat Laughs Out Loud

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.12.2012 | Science

How do you get a rat to laugh? Telling a joke won't work, but scientists say a rat will laugh when tickled--and they're not joking. One of the most...

Inclusive Jesus (and Others at Wild Goose) Now on the West Coast Too

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

I'm still hungry for the community faith can provide when its not busy judging others. I want to share that good news. And Wild Goose Festival is the place I've discovered that shares that vision.

The Infinite Reach of My Mother's Laughter

Darin Murphy | Posted 07.11.2012 | Parents
Darin Murphy

My mother Hallie passed away this month at age 68. She was beautiful, smart, curious, compassionate, and rebellious, a compulsive reader and a talented psychotherapist. But of all her attributes, none surpassed her capacity to laugh.

Catherine Pearson

World Laughter Day: The Healing Benefits Of Laughter Yoga | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.06.2012 | Healthy Living

When it comes to laughter yoga, faking it ‘til you make it is just fine. At least, that's what Vishwa Prakash said at the start of the session th...

When Dreams and Reality Collide

Jacob Devaney | Posted 07.02.2012 | Home
Jacob Devaney

Something may be real for us, but not validated by the outside world, and all of us experience this feeling at some point. We live in a reality that is surrounded by mysteries, but our culture is obsessed with explaining them away, so we find peace in the mystery of our dreams.

National Humor Month: Laughing Matters

Posted 05.07.2012 | Women

Are you stressed out? Unable to relax? Feeling gloomy? Well, you might consider going for a long and exhausting jog, or engaging in a frantic game of ...

National Humor Month: Laughing Your Way to Good Health

Marlo Thomas | Posted 06.26.2012 | Women
Marlo Thomas

There are two things I like to do every day of my life -- look after my health, and laugh. Not a bad combo, right? But did you know that by doing the second, you're also doing the first?

Emergency Stress Relief

Martin Boroson | Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Martin Boroson

When you're stressed, it is so tempting to fantasize about being not stressed. You imagine feeling peaceful and relaxed later -- but fantasizing about being unstressed at some other time or place doesn't help you in this moment, right now, right here, in the midst of the stress.

Can Laughter Count As Exercise?

Posted 04.05.2012 | Healthy Living

By Emily Milam How's this for a good laugh? Fits of laughter have been linked to reduced pain and mental stress, stronger social bonds and improv...

Linguine, Literature and Laughter

Charlie Carillo | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Charlie Carillo

My career as a writer leads me to the conclusion that three "L" words make life worth living: Linguine, literature and laughter. In this video you'll see how to make a good red sauce for linguine, while hearing crazy stories about literature.

PHOTOS: The Joy Of Estonia's Community Swings

Meg Pier | Posted 05.05.2012 | Travel
Meg Pier

A time-honored gathering spot for Estonians is the community swing. I saw these structures all over the country in my travels, huge wooden platforms that can accommodate a crowd.

The Holy Teaching Power Of Laughter

Homayra Ziad | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Homayra Ziad

My teacher knew a cardinal rule of moral instruction: Never take yourself too seriously. That master of pedagogy, the great poet-saint Rumi, reminds us that "the true teacher knocks down the idol the student makes of him."