If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember the Reader’s Digest series, Laughter is the Best Medicine. Those days you had to read all about it on actual paper. Today a simple search brings you instant funny on a screen that’s touted as almost as good as paper.
It feels good to laugh. But, come on, really? Medicine? Yes. Laughter has shown physiological, psychological, social, spiritual, and quality-of-life benefits. So say researchers from around the world … so it must be true.
SELF-MEDICATE EARLY AND OFTEN
Turns out it doesn’t even matter much of you make yourself laugh or if you spontaneously laugh at joke. The brain doesn’t really care either way. In this era of evidence-based medicine, laughter is now discussed in the realm of alternative medicine. And if you want to self-medicate – it’s OK, there aren’t any side effects, unless you count your checks hurting from laughing too much.
The many benefits of laughter include:
- Exercises face muscles (hey free cosmetic benefits)
- Increases oxygen levels (can you say aerobics?)
- Releases endorphins (non-addictive feel good body chemicals)
- Reduces stress (no laughing matter)
It’s no wonder there are so many images of the Buddha laughing.
These days there are laughter therapists helping cancer patients; , laughter yoga; and of course a ton of comedy clubs, jokes online, and on TV. It’s easy to get your daily dose. So go ahead. Laugh. Chuckle. Smile.
Just keep in mind:
- On the other hand, you have different fingers
- Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
- The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.
- Support bacteria. They’re the only culture most people have.
- OK, so what’s the speed of dark?