Goodhearted Laughter Redux

Welcome new readers and longtime fans. Thank you for following us during our Rave for Dave campaign to help Dave with his fight against cancer, because cancer is no laughing matter, or is it?

Today I’m re-posting Goodhearted Laughter, because laughter is the best medicine–according to Reader’s Digest.

Thanks again for your support!

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Mwa ha ha ha ha. Bwa ha ha ha. Heh heh heh heh heh. Ho ho ho. Tee hee hee. Ha ha ha ha ha. Snort. *Fannie wipes a tear from her eye.*

Greetings funny names fans. In these times of change, sometimes a good belly laugh is required. You’ve heard the saying “laughter is the best medicine.”  Tee hee.

Our next guest believed whole-heartedly laughter was the best medicine. Laughter therapist, Dr. Annette Goodheart (1935-2011) started out life an as artist with a paint brush. She re-framed her solitary painter’s life and found more benefits in the art of therapy.

She worked in the field of laughter therapy for eight years before she met fabulously named author, Norman Cousins, who wrote the book, Anatomy of an Illness, As Perceived by the Patient, about his healing from a terminal illness through laughter.

The laughter caught on, Goodheart approached the University of California about a workshop on laughter—laughter ensued. Her work spread to other universities who wanted her to conduct workshops for their hospitals, churches, clubs, welfare departments, etc., teaching the healing power of playful laughter.

The Surgeon General’s warning for laughter could read, “Warning, laughter produces chemicals known to the State of California to be cathartic and make you feel better. Other states of mind may follow.” Hee, hee, hee.

Dr. Goodheart’s Cathartic (laughter) Therapy involved four steps according to an article posted on Laughter Online University paraphrased here:

  1. Get in touch with your feelings.
  2. Release those feelings through catharsis (laughter).
  3. Rethink the situation or experience associated with those feelings, because it’s now become possible through the chemical re-balancing of your body to allow you to think more clearly.
  4. Take whatever sensible action is appropriate.

If you want to read the full article click here.

Here is Dr. Goodheart at work.

Your mission today: laugh. Heh, heh, heh.

Life is better when you’re laughing. It’s contagious, spread it around. Bwa ha ha. Snort.

*Would someone please pass a tissue?*

Fannie – Fannie Cranium’s Guide to Irreverent Wisdom








About Fannie Cranium

Writing since she could first hold a pen, Tracy Perkins formed her alter ego, "Fannie Cranium" at the suggestion of her husband. Tracy understands smiling makes people wonder what she’s been up to.
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13 Responses to Goodhearted Laughter Redux

  1. Rio says:

    Laughter after tears is the best. When I was going through stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma I was terrified but I was so determined to keep it together. In a rare moment of insight I said to my Zen practice adviser, “I feel like I am trying to hold on the roof in a terrible storm and all I have is my fingernails.” So she said, “Let go of it. Just let go right now.”
    Even after the chemo was successful they said I had a 50% chance of living another five years. That was 15 years ago. Then my oncologist told me, five years ago, I didn’t have to come back for an annual check-up anymore, and again I found, laughter after tears is the best.
    *hugs* Thanks for this.

    • Rio–That is so wonderful. Your Zen practice adviser’s brilliance in that moment, wow. What an overwhelming experience to go through, and being a 15 year survivor, congratulations.

      Thank you for sharing!

  2. Reblogged this on Fannie Cranium's and commented:

    Laughter is the best medicine over at the BoFN today.

  3. aplscruf says:

    Ahahahah! Thanks again, T! I needed a good laugh today!

  4. ksbeth says:

    thanks for for all the laughs and for organizing our motley and lovable crew in support of dave. we are tough to rein in and you deserve a metal )

  5. Pingback: Goodhearted Laughter Redux — The Blog of Funny Names | Seriously Clowning Around

  6. Dave says:

    Oh man, it’s hard not to laugh when you see something like that! Pure goodness and positivity!

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