Laughter: The Best Medicine

Reader’s Digest had it right. It’s the kind of medicine that doesn’t need a spoonful of sugar to get down. Laughter is great for you, not just for improving your mood, but for improving your body at the same time. It works by stimulating the pituitary gland, which then releases pain-suppressing opiates.laughter-group

Laughter also

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves alertness, creativity, memory, and brain function.  When you connect two un-related ideas or things, your brain works as a whole, according to William Fry, M.D., of Stanford University.
  • Increases blood flow throughout your body and increases the oxygen that the blood carries to your skin, muscles, and organs, which then
  • Improves your appearance with brighter eyes, fresher-looking skin, and that lovely rosy glow
  • Works out the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
  • Reduces stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.  Reducing cortisol can help you lose weight.  Reducing adrenaline makes you feel calmer and can help to reduce stomach pain, headaches, etc.
  • Increases the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
  • Defends against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
  • Increases memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores
  • Later improves sleep

So let’s laugh. What makes you laugh? Share your favorite funny video, tell us your favorite funny movie, or how about a good joke?

Here are a couple of funny quotes to get you going:

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils … – Louis Hector Berlioz

“Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” – Douglas Adams

Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling.

Here are some funny videos:

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