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8 years ago
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Is there anything better than a contagious giggle that you absolutely can’t control? (Ok, maybe not so good in school or church.) Laughter works so wonderfully well in the moment, but it has some surprising long-term health benefits as well. In the book A Better Brain at Any Age: The Holistic Way to Improve Your Memory, Reduce Stress, and Sharpen Your Wits (Conari Press, 2009), author Sondra Kornblatt explores how laughter can truly make you feel better.

8 years ago

Let's put some jokes here; I will start with a couple.

Only in drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their presciptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Laughter archived?!?!?
8 years ago



*Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?*


*Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid
made with real lemons?*


*Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?*


*Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?*

8 years ago

Hey...someone else must have a good one to share.

7 years ago

This is more of a make you smile sort of thing:

7 years ago

Thank you for posting, Diana !

7 years ago
I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.  ~Woody Allen

Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection.
- Yakov Smirnoff

Laughter is the best medicine - unless you're diabetic, then insulin comes pretty high on the list.
- Jasper Carrot

If you would like to spoil the day for a grouch, give him a smile.
-- Author Unknown

6 years ago

I was listening to a radio program while driving and they were talking about all the benefits of laughter. The best bit was when they put this clip on about a sports commentator in England who just lost it and could not stop laughing. Anyone listening would laugh...I certainly did.

laughter is a medicine
6 years ago

Hi Diana,

good to see you

the English laugh a lot, they re a cheerful nation probably unlike they re said to be...but they always laugh for a reason whilst some only laugh for a purpose cause they re told, laughter is  a medicine and they laugh irrespective of whether they show one up... main point they laugh...Admittedly am exaggerating, but everybody s got their way of expressing things...

There are things that mark and accompany us in life, we acquire them in the parents house, we owe a lot to the people  we met over the years (the circles we frequented) , in short the environment in which we grew up...There are people who " surely sadly" never laugh, but are healthy maybe even healthier than we think...

I don t know whether laughter is teacheable, I wish it were, but I wish, those who teach laughing would -I should say should- never forget to tell and encourage their people (therefore participants or students) to mingle with folks whenever possible, to never cloister oneself away...strike a conversation with their neighbours, go to Cafes, in short seek the talk, 2 minutes doesn t matter !!! And if it s about someone -the student therefore- who simply cannot mix up with folks, this kind of student should be told and commended to take a walk at the beach, in the wood as frequently as they can...Also this, can bring back laughter to them, laughter they lost or may have lost for a reason...

That ! doubtless will bring back laughter into their soul...

Maybe a better medicine and I ll deliberately put it this way : from whom and to whom it may concern: never go past and shun someone who s in dire need of a smile...And this, no matter whether we have little or much on our plates !!!

We only can see these people when we go out for a walk in town jauntily, of course we need calm and to relax at home after a hectic day, but we often hug the fire and only go out for a purpose that but serves the recreational value, hastening past someone who we sure can bring back laughter to if we occasionally take the time to exchange a word or 2 with them on the street and walk on, sure...

thank so much Diana for something that gives one the opportunity to open up... 

5 years ago

“Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people.” - Elizabeth Berry

4 years ago

I tend not to trust people who don't have a good sense of humour. That is just me.

" If everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

4 years ago

Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

What does laughter do to us?

Laughter lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthens the immune system, reduces physical tension, and relieves emotional stress.

Hearing or seeing someone laugh is more contagious than a flu or cold because it is instantaneous.

The average child laughs more than 200 times per day, while the average adult laughs only about 10 times per day, according to Certified laugh specialist Mi­chele B. Granberg.

How is laughter the best medicine?

  • Laughter is free! There is no cost for those who enjoy a good joke and of course no cost to the environment.
  • Laughter appears to burn calories, too. Maciej Buchowski, a researcher from Vanderbilt University, conducted a small study in which he measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turns out that 10-15 minutes of laughter burned 50 calories. While the results are intriguing, don’t be too hasty by ditching that treadmill. One piece of chocolate contains about 50 calories. At the rate of 50 calories per hour, losing one pound would require about 12 hours of concentrated laughter!
  • Laughter relaxes your whole body. A big laugh relieves physical tension and stress. Your muscles will stay relaxed for up to 45 minutes after a good laugh!
  • Laughter strengthens the immune system because it decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells.
  • Laughter (of course) makes you happy as it triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter helps create a healthy heart. It increases blood flow, which can help protect you from cardiovascular problems.
  • Laughter can make aches and pains seem less severe because it shifts our focus, distracting us.
  • Laughing alkalizes the body. Stress creates toxicity in our digestive system and tissues which the body must clean with alkaline minerals. Less stress means more alkaline minerals left over and more alkaline health benefits.
  • Laughter has no negative side effects. The damaging effects of mood altering drugs are well known.

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4 years ago

Love to laugh, really why I like to watch cartoons,mostly

that thing you said about pharmacies and rush hour was genius,Diana.

thanks for all the great health articles, it's important to take care of ourselves as well,so we are around to help the earth and the animals...

Don't want old,evil people always running the world Unopposed!

little secret, handsome men wonder why some of the most beautiful women end up with short,bald,even fat men to their disbelief...when they ask why, they are almost told "he makes me laugh"

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4 years ago

Just think how relaxed you feel after a good laugh, the kind where you have to wipe tears from your eyes...toxins are driven out of the body by a good laugh.

Tasunka, I think on just about every day...even some of the toughest ones...of the last 43 years my husband has made me laugh at least once. Laughter truly is one of the biggest roots grounding long-lasting true love!

4 years ago

I know this will make you laugh

4 years ago

haha made me LOL!

Thank you Irene. I would give you another but they will not let me give you another one. 

2 years ago

need to laugh at least 20 times a day for health

my belief is FUNNY OR DIE

and if you keep laughing,,you won't even mind the latter.. the best thing for your well as singing and dancing

I doubt there is a medicine that would do as well for good health.

2 years ago

But it's like everything else, Divergent. If you over do it, you could end up in stitches! 

2 years ago

To Diana,


“Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people.” - Elizabeth Berry


How could a berry not be concerned about fruits too?

Laughter Benefits our Health
2 years ago

Thanks for posting such cheerful messages. laughing is good medicine!

2 years ago

Really enjoy jokes and comedies.


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