Is laughter really good for you?
Some respectable sources claim it is.
You know, the ones that say laughing is good for:
- Your heart
- The immune system
- Burning Calories
- Diffusing anger
- A longer life
Is Laughter Really Good For You?
But is it true?
Can laughing make you feel good about life?
Well, I put it to the test.
Just like they do in the science laboratory.
Yes, I conducted my own Laughter Lab.
Laughter & Health in the Laughter Lab
Here’s what I did.
During the COVID season, a bunch of guys from church have been meeting together, virtually on Zoom, each week.
This past week, it was my turn to organise the evening.
So I chose to run the Laughter Lab.
“Go on, David! What did you do?”
Glad you asked…
First, I created three short teaser videos to create a bit of anticipation, and shared them in the WhatsApp group.
Here’s one of those:
If you want to watch them, here are the other two teasers:
Don’t worry, both videos will open in a new tab
And I asked everyone to bring along:
- A few jokes (clean, of course! LOL!)
- A funny real-life story
I’ve just lost my job as an ice cream tester. I couldn’t do Sundaes.
The Laughter Lab in Action
The night of the Laughter Lab experiment finally arrived.
And we began with a poll.
Well, every good lab needs a good poll, doesn’t it?
I asked everyone to decide how they felt about life right now, on a score between 1 and 20, taking into account many factors that could influence it, such as:
- Today at work
- New COVID regulations
- What’s on the news
And then we started with the jokes.
My computer sang to me last night. A beautiful song. This morning I discovered the reason. It’s a Dell.
And the funny stories.
And these two videos. Try watching them without laughing…
The masters of comedy, struggling with modern technology
Stan Laurel’s infectious laugh in 1930
We shared joke after joke. And funny stories. And we laughed for an hour!
Yes, an hour. The time flew by.
I’ve just started a new job in a factory that makes chess pieces. I’m on Knights next week.
The Laughter Lab Report
But then came the scary part.
Would my experiment work?
I hadn’t told anyone what the next question was. But it was pretty obvious…
How do you feel about life now?
I asked the guys to once again rate how they felt about life with a score between 1 and 20.
What was the result?
Amazingly, everyone said their score had increased.
Some by a little. Others significantly.
All the men felt better.
Just by laughing.
What’s The Laughter Science?
According to the HelpGuide website, laughter is the best medicine.
They claim that laughter…
- Relaxes the whole body
- Boosts the immune system
- Triggers the release of endorphins
- Protects the heart
- Burns calories
- Displaces anger
- Might even help you live longer
The Ask The Scientists website agrees.
They say that laughter…
- Is good for your heart
- Supports your immunity
- Relaxes blood pressure
- Helps memory
- Can increase antibodies
Laughter and Mental Health
It’s pretty obvious that a good laugh will help you feel good mentally.
And I think our Laughter Lab experiment proved that.
After all, you can’t be angry, sad or anxious when you’re laughing.
I said to my friend, “I saw an octopus rob a bank this morning!” He said, “Did he have a gun?” I said, “No, but he was well-armed!”
Does God Enjoy Laughter?
A Cheerful Heart is a Good Medicine
Did you know that’s a Bible quotation?
For the men’s group where I did the Laughter Lab, I made this video – to show how the Bible makes a big thing about having a cheerful disposition – and how that affects the whole body.
So there you go.
God says laughter is good for you.
Medicine agrees with Him.
Science backs it up with evidence.
Growing up, we were so poor that we ate Ordinary K for breakfast.
What more do you need?
Let’s become healthier.
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Want More Laughter in Your Life?
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Just went for a job as a lathe operator. They turned me down.
Sharing The Laughter
There’s a condition to receiving my corny jokes.
You have to share the laughter.
Stan Laurel proved that laughter is contagious.
So let’s spread it around. Make someone else laugh.
Together, we can make the world a much happier and healthier place!