Comic Sutra... Is Laughter The Best Aphrodisiac?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Buyers' Choice Realty

Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty  fades, but a man that can make you laugh everyday, ah, now THAT'S a real treat'  Joanne Woodward - married to Paul Newman for over 40 years. 

It recently dawned on me that I've always been attracted to men who could make me laugh.  Several other women I know put that requirement high on the priority and desirability list, so I've done some Internet investigating and guess what?  Laughter IS considered an APHRODISIAC. 

"Everyone knows that a ‘good sense of humor' GSOH, is one of the most desirable attributes in a relationship, and that's why we include Laughter Yoga sessions on our Flirting Weekends", says Julie Whitehead, London Laughter Leader and Happiness Couch.    Her popular workshops called "Flirting Weekends" are offered in London, as part of Laughter Leader Training.    

Julie calls laughter the ‘social glue' - it binds people together and once you have shared a deep, belly laugh with someone, eyes meeting, tears streaming down your face, you have connected at a very deep level indeed!  Laughter releases endorphins, the body's' feel good chemicals, giving us a natural high, and it also reduces the stress hormone cortisol.  In addition the body's immune system is boosted by up to an amazing 40% after a good bout of laughter. The immune system helps to fight disease and keeps us fit and healthy.  

Other health benefits are that the circulation and respiratory systems are stimulated, the abdominals get a really good work out, "a flush come to my face and my heart begins to beat" as Peter Sellers would say and we notice that little twinkle in the eye which is so attractive to the opposite sex. 

More information on Julie's web page www.laughteryoga.co.uk  or e mail  londonlaughter@aol.com 

On the other side of the Atlantic, more precisely in Aptos, CA, The Laughing Sex Institute has just released the most exhaustive study ever conducted to discover the hidden secrets of how lovers get laughing together in bed.  

The results are conclusive.  We love people we laugh with!  It's called Belly Laugh Bonding.   The Institute offers a course titled: "Comic Sutra Laughing and Loving".  You can check out their website for that course and other educational opportunities at:   LaughingSex.com.

Yakov Smirnoff, the comedian, is bringing his philosophy on life to campus in the form of a mini-course called "Living Happily Ever Laughter." Participants get an actual college credit and the class had to be expanded due to its popularity.  The class will offer "several important points," Smirnoff said. "It teaches stages of relationships and establishes the importance of laughter and laughter as a communication skill. It will also establish and teach how to use laughter as an aphrodisiac, laughter as a barometer of your relationship."

In "Why Women Aren't Funny" Christopher Hitchens posits  that men feel way more pressure to be funny then women.

"If you can stimulate her to laughter-I am talking about that real, out-loud, head-back, mouth-open-to-expose-the-full-horseshoe-of-lovely-teeth, involuntary, full, and deep-throated mirth; the kind that is accompanied by a shocked surprise and a slight (no, make that a loud) peal of delight-well, then, you have at least caused her to loosen up and to change her expression. I shall not elaborate further". 

Is Laughter an Aphrodisiac?  What's your take on the subject?

Mirela Monte, Your Myrtle Beach Real Estate Connection                          Join The Optimist Group!

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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

The old cliche, "Laughter is the best medicine" is definitely true. Laughter can both heal and bond.

July 17, 2008 02:23 PM #11
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Bryant Tutas
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Mirela, So I know why TLW is always laughing AT me!! It's because she magically drawn to my irrepressible sense of humor. Or maybe it's because I look funny in a pink bra :)

July 17, 2008 04:01 PM #12
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Lori Franks
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Mirela, my favorite part of this post is the photo of the orangutans! What a hoot! The smoke rings especially!

July 17, 2008 04:52 PM #13
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Leslie Stewart
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Laughter is a vital part of any relationship, marital, friends, co-workers.    Our office is full of a bunch of clowns and everyone loves coming to work.  It's kinda like our own version of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour...sometimes we even take our tour into PUB-LIC!

July 18, 2008 12:25 AM #14
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Susan Mangigian
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This is a great post!  I love to laugh and fortunately for me, I am very easily amused.  I have had stand up comedians thank me for being in the audience!  My friends all think I am very funny but I can rarely get my husband to laugh out loud... he's not a huge laughter.  We used to watch Seinfeld together and he would sit there like a stone and not get the jokes and I would ask him if he could hear that huge sucking sound.  He would say what sound?  I would say the sound of you sucking all of the joy out of this show!! Now that it is in reruns and the kids like it too, he seems to have developed a fondness for the show.  I laugh every time I see an episode!  I have never thought about sexual attractiveness and funniness being connected.  Hmmm.  Interesting.  Sorry I missed the chat the other night.

July 18, 2008 07:22 AM #15
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Bo Hussung
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Mirela, LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!....need I say more?

Great post!

Bo

July 18, 2008 07:49 AM #16
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Bo:  Thank you!

Your response is adorable!

Susan:  I love being around people who are easily amused! 

I love Seinfeld too.  The soup Nazi is such a great episode.  I still use that line whenever I want to make the point of no favors accorded:  "No soup for you!"

I am also fond of "Everyone Loves Raymond".  That is so hilarious!  If I ever turn on the TV and that show is on, that's it: I'm glued.  My other two favorites that I still rent from the video store are:  "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and that Tori Spelling one (I forgot the name of it, but it's hilarious).

Sorry you couldn't make it on the last forum, but I hope you'll join us this coming Wednesday at 10EST.

 

 

July 19, 2008 01:39 PM #17
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Leslie:  That is the best recruitment ad for your brokerage.  Laughter makes people more productive.

Lori:  You are so observant!  I just now noticed the smoke rings, only after you pointed them out.  I did notice the lipstick though.

Bryant:  Pink Bra, eh?  What color is the thong?  Now I understand...

Rich:  As usual, you are so succinct: "Laughter can both heal and bond".

 

 

 

 

 

July 19, 2008 10:23 PM #18
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Sylvie:  I read your comment on my blackberry and I burst out laughing.  It was in the middle of a stressful day and I really needed the chuckle.  Thank you so much!

I think they would say I'm with you for your money!

Priceless!

July 19, 2008 10:25 PM #19
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Carol:  bond and close...  Great concept!

William:  Without laughter, we are just a mass of blah matter!

You should have that on a T-shirt!  Great one!

Robert:  Don't laugh at a man when he is naked, it may spoil the mood and have the opposite effect!

Now, you tell me... 

Jason:   Now I know what she saw in you....  You must be really FUNNY!

 

 

July 19, 2008 10:32 PM #20
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Randy:  What do you mean, "WAS"?

Audrey:  "I think one of the best things we can do is not take ourselves too seriously and and be able to laugh at ourselves too."   So true!

Mike:  I'll take hysteria for a hundred!

Debbie:  I've read your blogs.  If your husband is even half as witty and funny as you are, it's a match made in Heaven.  I envy those around you and want to come visit!

 

July 19, 2008 10:38 PM #21
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David Saks
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Somebody asked Sid Caesar how he could stay married to the same woman for over sixty years, or how she could stay with him. His answer was, "We never go to bed angry."
     

"I take my wife everywhere I go. She always finds her way back."
 Henny Youngman

July 30, 2008 03:29 AM #22
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Chris Lambos
Poplar Hill Realty - Bellevue, TN

Can't believe this blog got passed me...

HUMOR is my drug of choice!!!  

Let's be frank: Downers make us snoring snoozers....Uppers make us late night cruisers...Alcohol makes us slur like boozers...Cocaine makes us sniveling snooters....

But humor...

HUMOR makes us hang at HOOTERS!!!!!!!!!!

Aphrodisiac? You bet your bib it is!

August 02, 2008 12:46 AM #23
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As usual, you are in great form tonight!

I can't believe you missed this one!

August 02, 2008 01:15 AM #24
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Chris Lambos
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We can't sleep, can we?

August 02, 2008 01:16 AM #25
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Chris:  You should check out that laughingsex.com.  I did not put a link here, because I didn't think it was appropriate; the website is a bit risque, but it's pretty hilarious.  You'll get a kick out of it!

August 02, 2008 01:18 AM #26
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I can sleep; I just need to go take a shower and go to bed.  I just enjoy not sleeping yet.  My day was too full today and I need to wind down and enjoy the moment.

August 02, 2008 01:19 AM #27
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Chris Lambos
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Grrrrrrrrrrrrreat!!!!

August 02, 2008 01:20 AM #28
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Russell Lewis
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Very funny but also righton the mark! laughter is  best for almost any situation and i never felt bad afetr laughing, Well maybe ny face a bit...

August 03, 2008 06:21 PM #29
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This is a great post. I can tell you that my husband of 31 years has kept me laughing for over 35 years. I don't know how people who don't have a funny bone stayed married!

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