Starting My Day With a Good Laugh



Medicine has long recognized the health benefits of laughter.  Here’s a reminder of such from

Laughter is good for your health

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter 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 protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

So I try to begin each day looking to laugh.

One good way not to do it is to watch, say, the Today Show.  There the laughs usually are  forced and self-conscious.  This morning Natalie Morales nearly split her undergarments reporting on a video of three rhinoceroses on the loose. At best it was only worth a chuckle.  If that.

I get my daily fix of laughter by reading the Tribune funnies. This morning it was “The Argyle Sweater” that had me break into fits of laughter.

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I do understand that what provokes  a laugh might vary from person to person.  But that being said, I encourage everyone to tickle their funny bones in any way they choose.

It just might prolong your life.

“Laugh, if thou art wise.” Martial: Epigrams II




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  • Thanks! For all the laughs you've given me from your writing, should I be calling you "doctor"?

  • Then I'd be getting the third degree.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    You deserve the third degree :-)

    Maybe you explained why the 9 a.m. hour of the WGN "News" is a clown show. Konrad and Toomey are Bozos without Bozo.

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