Do not underestimate the extraordinary power of laughter. Big laughs resemble the physical effects of a moderate intensity workout.
Researchers have found that laughing increases the body's natural pain killing endorphins. Laughter increases levels of gamma interferon that combat disease and encourage cell growth. Laughing also relieves stress, depression and sadness. Not enough?
Laughing increases the body's natural "killer cells." Killer cells fight cells that have been infected by viruses like cancer.
The effect of laughter on the human body is not yet completely known because its study is still in the infancy stage. However, we do know the emotional and physical benefits of laughing are already too big to fully list here.
Dr. William F. Fry, Stanford University, says, "Laughter is a kind of stationary jogging." That's because your pulse rate and blood pressure react the same way as exercise on a stationary bicycle. Laugh a lot, lose a lot!
My experience with laughter proves to me beyond doubt that people who laugh a lot eat less, lose weight more quickly with less problems than people hard pressed to crack a smile. Just like a moderate intensity walk, laughing reduces appetite and curbs cravings.
In my experience, happy and content people laugh daily. In abundance.
So here's the million dollar question. Do people laugh because they are happy? Or are people happy because they laugh?
I heard a report about a bad outbreak of the tummy bug. Apparently nine out of ten people there suffered from diarrhea. I can’t stop thinking about that tenth person who apparently enjoyed it.
I was having an asthma attack when I got an obscene phone call. After a couple of minutes, the guy said, “Wait, did I call you or did you call me?”
It is so cold outside. I saw a politician with his hands in his own pockets.
Soon to be Father: “Hello doctor?”
Soon to be Father: “My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only 2 minutes apart”
Doctor: “Is this her first child?”
Soon to be Father: “No, this is her husband, you nit wit!”
Patient: “It’s been one month since my last visit and I still feel miserable.”
Doctor: “Did you follow my instructions on the medicine I gave you?”
Patient: “I sure did, the bottle said keep tightly closed."
Ole and Lena got married. On their honeymoon trip they were nearing Minneapolis when Ole put his hand on Lena’s knee.
Giggling, Lena said, “Ole, you can go a little farder now if ya vant to…” So Ole drove to Duluth.
And last but not least:
The minister raises his hands and says: “we are but dust…”
The little girl turns to her mother and says; “Mother, what is butt dust?”
Be honest now… feel better?
Read the 1979 book by Norman Cousins, Anatomy of an Illness, for a full understanding of the healing power of laughter.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:
"With the fearful strain of war on me night and day, if I did not laugh, I should die."
—President Abraham Lincoln
"If you can't take a joke, you will have to take the medicine."