Laughter, The Best Medicine

It is important to incorporate positive emotions and actions during the course of daily activities. An example is the act of laughing – a positive habit that is known to be the best medicine for a joyful, and fulfilling life. This is because life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how to respond to it.


Most people do not take humor seriously enough. New research suggests that patients with cardiovascular disease who have unresolved anger problems may find themselves vulnerable for recurrent heart attacks. On the other hand, when people laugh, their major blood vessels get dilated, improving blood flow, a surrogate marker for a reduced risk of cardiac events. For example, the participants’ blood vessels opened wider when volunteers watched scenes from the farce “There’s Something About Mary.” But blood vessels tended to constrict when participants watched the graphic violence of the drama “Saving Private Ryan.” The difference ranged from 30 percent to 50 percent in diameter.


“The magnitude of change we saw in the endothelium after laughing was consistent and similar to the benefit we might see with aerobic exercise or statin use,” said Dr. Michael Miller from the University of Maryland.


A recent study where the patients were shown 30 minutes. of a favorite funny sitcom and blood as drawn before and after revealed that there was a 26 percent increase in HDL (good cholesterol) compared with three percent increase among patients in the control group. And levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of heart-harming inflammation, dropped by 66 percent compared with a 26 percent decrease in the other patients. Because laughter suppresses stress hormones, it really is the best medicine for those under stress.


It is said that children laugh on average of about 400 times per day, and by the time they are adults, that number falls to only 15 times per day. In reality, laughing is a habit that can only be developed with self-awareness and understanding that life is not fair for most people. Therefore, it is ok to laugh, even at life – no matter what it has in store. Because laughter is an instant vacation, here is a peek at some jokes.


What did the tie say to the hat? You go ahead and I will hang around.


A patient to his doctor: “Doctor, I have a problem; I keep forgetting things.”

Doctor: “Since when do you have this problem?”

Patient: “What problem?”


A patient to his doctor: “Doctor, please help me. I feel that I am a dog. I bark at people; I eat like a dog and I pee on the front lawn.”

Doctor: “How long has this been going on?”

Patient: “Ever since I was a puppy!”



A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position.

As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, ‘Relatives of yours?’

‘Yep,’ the wife replied, ‘in-laws.’


What is the difference between complete and finish?

When you marry the right person, you are complete; when you marry the wrong person, you are finished.


A college student talking about his parents: “When I call my parents, and they don’t answer it’s no big deal but when they call me and I don’t answer it’s like World War II.”


Husband throwing darts at his wife’s photo and not even a single one hitting the target… From another room the wife called the husband: “Honey, what are you doing…?”

Husband: “Missing you”…



“He who laughs … lasts,” as quoted by Robert Fulghum.


This article was submitted by Dr. Rajender K. Arora.

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