Good Laugh, Good Health

“Laughter is a form of internal jogging. It moves your internal organs around. It enhances respiration. It is an igniter of great expectations,” according to Norman Cousins, author of "Anatomy of an Illness” published in 1979. Can a laugh a day, like an apple, keep the doctor away? William F. Fry, M.D., a pioneer in laughter research, thinks it helps. He claimed it took 10 minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter.

And who laughs more, a 4-year-old child, or a 40-year-old adult? The following article, You’re Not Laughing Enough, and That’s No Joke, discusses the surprising, or maybe not so surprising, answer.

Laughter is now law in Argentine hospitals...inspired by US physician Hunter “Patch” Adams and the health benefits of laughter, Argentina hospitals are now required to hire "Clown Doctors". The Clown Doctors are not actual doctors but rather trained clowns, currently numbering 2,500, and are considered employees of the hospitals. Clown volunteers have been a part of hospitals for a long time...could this new Argentina law become a trend? Many hospitals have Laughter Yoga groups for staff and patients, how cool would it be to have Laughter Yoga and Clown Doctors standard in ALL hospitals?


Research and Articles

Strangely Charming: The Science of Laughter

Give Your Body a Boost – With Laughter
New Study Proves That Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine
Laughter Therapy
Body's response to repetitive laughter is similar to the effect of repetitive exercise, study shows
LOL: Why You Should Laugh Even When You Don't Feel Like It
Smile! it Could Make You Happier!
Fixing Relationship Problems With Humor