Laughing is important

Get in touch with your inner clown.  Ensure you laugh every day.

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you; cry and you increase your chances of a heart attack.  Well, at least that is the general conclusion from research examining laughter and relaxation.  People who spontaneously use humour to cope with stress have particularly healthy immune systems, are 40 per cent less likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes, experience less pain during dental surgery and live 4.5 years longer than average.  In 2005, Michael Mill and his colleagues from the University of Maryland showed people scenes from films that were likely to make them feel anxious (such as the opening 30 minutes of Saving Private Ryan) or laugh (such as the orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally).  Participants’ blood flow dropped by about 35 per cent after watching the stress-inducing films but rose by 22 per cent following the more humourous material.  On the basis of the result the researchers recommend that people laugh for at least 15 minutes each day

Get in touch with your inner clown.   Ensure you laugh every day.

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you; cry and you increase your chances of a heart attack.  Well, at least that is the general conclusion from research examining laughter and relaxation.  People who spontaneously use humour to cope with stress have particularly healthy immune systems, are 40 per cent less likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes, experience less pain during dental surgery and live 4.5 years longer than average.  In 2005, Michael Mill and his colleagues from the University of Maryland showed people scenes from films that were likely to make them feel anxious (such as the opening 30 minutes of Saving Private Ryan) or laugh (such as the orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally).  Participants’ blood flow dropped by about 35 per cent after watching the stress-inducing films but rose by 22 per cent following the more humourous material.  On the basis of the result the researchers recommend that people laugh for at least 15 minutes each day


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