Benefits of laughter

by Ed

Don’t miss the video at the bottom of this post!

Many people credit Norman Cousins with introducing the medical benefits of laughter to the world through his 1979 book, Anatomy of an Illness. However, Dr. Patch Adams was helping people with laughter a fews years before that. But the oldest know written document on the subject is the Book of Proverbs, from The Old Testement: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine”. Lately, probably because of the fame of Cousins and Adams, the scientists have decided to study laughter, and sure enough it does us good like medicine. It reduces stress through its impact the hormonal system, it moves lymph, oxygenates the blood, reduces pain and strengthens the immune system. So what are you waiting for, start laughing!

Patient: How much to have this tooth pulled?

Dentist: $100.00.

Patient: $100.00 for just a few minutes work?

Dentist: Well, I can extract it very slowly if you like.

You might also want to check out this video about phobias:

Phobia support group


1 Leo (Healthy Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle) 08.27.08 at 1:25 pm


It’s true… !! Laughter shares my number 1 spot of the medicines I use, along with Water! 🙂

2 V.C 05.31.09 at 12:23 am

Let’s smile 🙂
Where is the video?

3 Ed 05.31.09 at 2:09 pm

The video is not embedded. If you click on “phobia support group”, above, you can watch it. If you right click on it, you can choose save link as (in firefox) to download it.

4 Marc 09.05.10 at 11:56 am

In August 2010 there was an article about Laughter Yoga in the New Yorker:

5 Ed 09.07.10 at 12:05 pm

Thanks for the link Marc.
I hope there is much laughter in your life.

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