People who laugh often are usually healthier and happier. “Laughter is the best medicine,” they say, but what exactly happens when you laugh?
When you laugh, your physical body changes.
- The muscles in your face and body are stretched
- Your pulse increases
- Your blood pressure goes up
- Breathing rate quickens thus oxygenating your tissues more fully
- The level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body is boosted
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Reduces pain severity
- Improves quality and length of sleep
There’s something else about laughing often. People who regularly laugh tend to cope with their problems better and end up with less stress. Of course, stress brings a whole gamut of negative effects that are totally missed by laughing people.
Although the following jokes are corny, they should at least make you chuckle. The chuckling will warm you up for some good belly laughs today. For your own physical, mental and emotional well being, make sure to laugh often today. Then when tomorrow comes, laugh some more. Purposely make a point to see humor in your daily activities. Not only will you be healthier, but you’ll be happier!
Doctors At The Pearly Gates
Two doctors and an HMO manager die and line up together at the Pearly Gates. One doctor steps forward and tells St. Peter, “As a pediatric surgeon, I saved hundreds of children.” St. Peter lets him enter.
The next doctor says, “As a psychiatrist, I helped thousands of people live better lives.” St. Peter tells him to go ahead.
The last man says, “I was an HMO manager. I got countless families cost-effective health care.”
St. Peter replies, “You may enter. But,” he adds, “you can only stay for three days. After that, you can go to Hell.”
A Different Option
Lenny tells the psychiatrist, “Every time I get into bed, I think there’s somebody under it.”
“Come to me three times a week for two years, and I’ll cure your fears,” says the shrink. “And I’ll charge you only $200 a visit.”
Lenny says he’ll think about it. Six months later, he runs into the doctor, who asks why he never came back. “For $200 a visit?” says Lenny. “A bartender cured me for $10.”
“Is that so! How?”
“He told me to cut the legs off the bed.”
Working For A Living
My mother has tried her hand at several careers, some even concurrently. Imagine the surprise of both a hospital patient and my mom when the patient awoke after surgery and, upon seeing who her nurse’s aide was, yelled, “What are you doing? You’re the woman who helped me pick out interior paint colors!”
The Pregnancy Test
To confirm her suspicions, my sister needed to purchase a pregnancy test. Since I was going to the pharmacy, she asked me to pick one up. I didn’t stop to think how I appeared to the clerk when I waddled up—nine months pregnant—to pay for the kit.
“Honey,” she said, “I can save you $15 right now. You’re definitely going to have a baby.”