Laughter: The Best Elixir...

“Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. ..” William Saroyan
The Hatters' Stages of Laughter via Wikipedia

A dose of rib tickling laughter never fails to shift our mood and warm our blood. We can't say enough about how laughter is a natural life prolonging elixir; particularly a good and hearty laugh. I admire comedians. They spend a lifetime entertaining the rest of us with their wry observations of human behavior in what we typically call - a joke. I love jokes and my friends and family send them to me quite often... I get every kind of joke you can imagine; salty, silly, outrageous and sweet. Some you just can't publish. Others make you wonder; how did they come up with that?

As you might have guessed, this week's prompt from MamaKat's Writing Workshop includes a question on laughter.  3.) Describe the last thing that made you laugh really hard. Since I get a lot of jokes by email from my family and closest friends, I knew where to go for a recent reference point. I sifted through the laugh-out-loud material I have in my collection and I selected three that had me in stitches; a story, a poem and a card or report of sorts... you'll see.  I got them from friends and family and, fortunately, I have found out the origins of two of the jokes.  The card format came by email so If you know the origin, let me know as I'll gladly give the right attribution.

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More on a Belly full of Laughter Below

The Lady was a B*&@#^&! via email from a friend

The Teacher and The Whale - By Pedro Bloch via Wikipedia
A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.
The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human
because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was
physically impossible.
The little girl said, 'When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah'.
The teacher asked, 'What if Jonah went to hell?'
The little girl replied, 'Then you ask him'.

Lewis Carroll – The Voice of The Lobster via Wikipedia
Tis the voice of the Lobster: I heard him declare
'You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair.'
As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.
When the sands are all dry, he is gay as a lark,
And will talk in contemptuous tones of the Shark:
But, when the tide rises and sharks are around,
His voice has a timid and tremulous sound.'

'I passed by his garden, and marked, with one eye,
How the Owl and the Panther were sharing a pie:
The Panther took pie-crust, and gravy, and meat,
While the Owl had the dish as its share of the treat.
When the pie was all finished, the Owl, as a boon,
Was kindly permitted to pocket the spoon:
While the Panther received knife and fork with a growl,
And concluded the banquet by eating the owl.

I find that the jokes I tell tend to be situational; in immediate response to a comment or behavior. I have tremendous respect for those who can tell jokes in a story format as that is so much fun. Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed the three humorous pieces I shared. If you'd like to share some of yours, I'll gladly join in for a good round of chest pounding laughter. :-)  Where do you find your jokes? Do you have a quick joke that always gets you laughing?  Do Leave me a comment. Thank you!

PHOTO CREDITS: The Hatters' Laughter via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


  1. I love to laugh but I don't usually write funny. Your Yearly Woman Exam is a good one. We can all relate.

  2. Laughter is amazing I'm hardly ever in a foul mood because I can always find something to laugh at...Found you on the Thursday Friend's Cafe Hop now following you via GFC~Shari


  3. Hi there! I'm a new follower from the Thursday Blog Hop! I'd love if you stopped by and followed me back!

  4. Thanks for sharing a few laughs! You're right--laughter is good for the soul! :)

  5. THose were great. I loved the Jonah and the whale one!! Thanx for sharing. I am a big believer in the power of laughter. A great sense of humor was definitly a pre-requisite in my search to find a hubby! During our labor of kiddo #3, hubby and I were cracking up watching Friends and then Everybody Loved Raymond. We had a blast...through labor!!! It was...well, a good time!!

    FOund you via FTLOB...so glad I did! Have a great Thursday!

  6. Hi, I followed you on google friends from www.madamedeals.com. I hope you follow me back. Thanks : )

  7. Today I had been without power at my house for 2 days and needed to smile- thank you for giving me that! New follower, follow me back at http://sew-chic-designs.blogspot.com/ :)

  8. Hilarious..thanks for the lol, I feel better already!
    My Wonderfully Dysfunctional Blog

  9. I am a new follower! I found you over at Thursday Cafe Blog Hop


  10. E,
    You are a blogging maniac! I came over to this post from your eof737.wordpress.com blog hop. And I'm glad I did! I love a good joke, and I love to laugh! It truly is good for the soul!

  11. greetings by

  12. fantastic ..
    what's brown and sticky ?
    a stick
    cheers alan

  13. Thank you all for your comments! I will be visiting your blogs shortly to reciprocate. :-)

  14. Good Morning! Looks like I commented a few days ago. Thanks for the follow! Sandra


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