A Laugh A Day

A good laugh will do just as much for your health as a mini-workout in the gym.  Did you realise that 20 seconds of intense laughter can double your heart rate for 3 to 5 minutes, a feat that would normally involve rigorous exercise? There is a symbiotic relationship between health and humour. Humour has an impact on most physiological systems of the body.

The medical world started taking note of the possibilities of therapeutic laughter after Norman Cousin’s book, Anatomy of an Illness, came out in the late 1970’s.  In it, he described how watching comedies and reading funny books and articles helped him recover from a life-threatening tissue disease which left him in chronic pain.

So in keeping with the theory that laughter is the best medicine, here is your laugh for today…

6 Responses to A Laugh A Day

  1. Grannymar says:

    I love it!

    I’ll be back to laugh again in the morning! 🙄

  2. Mike says:

    Looking forward to tommorows laugh

  3. Bendy Girl says:

    They’re finally catching up to the medicinal benefits of laughter and chocolate, can’t wait to see that on the NHS! BG x

  4. Steph says:

    Grannymar – there’s a huge number of hits on my blog today, is that you coming back repeatedly for another look? 🙄

    I have to admit, the eyes say it all in this video!

    Mike – I can’t promise you another laugh tomorrow so you may have to look elsewhere for your daily dose. A laugh a day, keeps the doctor away!

    BG – Got any good stories to share about the benefits of chocolate? For me, chocolate and coffee go together like a horse and carriage. You can’t have ONE without the OTHER! 😀

  5. Geri Atric says:

    Hi Steph ~ oh how I’ve missed your blog, lol!
    Back home from my Granny duties for a couple of days recouperation (SLEEP!) and access to my computer…. (sigh of contentment). It’s great to be able to pop in again and see what new medical wonder (or scandal) you have discovered Steph. It’s definately true in my experience, a laugh a day – and a big bar of chocolate – is the best medicine ever!

  6. Steph says:

    Great to see you back, Geri

    I hope you get to put those feet of yours up for a well-deserved rest soon while you scoff choccie and catch up on all the blogs!

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