July 27 ~  Laughter Laughter: A Scientific Investigation

"Laughter may or may not activate the endorphins or enhance respiration, as some medical researchers contend. What seems clear, however, is that laughter is an antidote to apprehension and panic." ~ Norman Cousins

breaking ocean

Over 25 years ago, Dr. Norman Cousins in his book Anatomy of an Illness described how watching Marx Brother movies helped him recover from a life-threatening tissue disease.

"Is it possible," he wondered, "that love, hope, faith, laughter, confidence, and the will to live have therapeutic value?" Cousins made it a point to enjoy a hearty belly laugh several times a day. A few minutes of laughter gave him an hour or more of pain-free sleep.

"Funny is an attitude," observed comic Flip Wilson.

Medical studies show that laughter boosts levels of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and suppresses levels of epinephrine, the stress hormone.

According to Arnold Glasgow, "Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects."

In an ABC television interview, Professor Lee Berk, who has studied laughter and medicine for the past 18 years, explained that laughter increased the Natural Killer Cell activity, the cells that destroy viruses and tumors. Laughter increased a disease-fighting protein, B-cells, the source of a disease-destroying antibody, and T-cells which help cellular immune response.

Hearty laughter also exercises the lungs and circulatory system and increases the amount of oxygen in the blood. "He who laughs," said Mary Pettibone Poole, "lasts."

The time is NOW to laugh and be happy. You can do it! Scientist Boris Sokoloff explained, "Like swimming, riding, writing, or playing golf, happiness can be learned."

More COUSINS Quotations

End today, begin tomorrow, with laughter.

coach cyber monday black infrared 6s coach black friday uggs black friday lululemon black friday lululemon black friday jordan 11 legend blue jordan 11 legend blue uggs cyber monday north face cyber monday lebron 12 michael kors black friday jordan 13 black infrared 23 michael kors black friday jordan 13 bred lululemon black Friday uggs cyber monday lululemon black Friday louis vuitton outlet black infrared 6s michael kors black friday michael kors cyber monday jordan 13 barons uggs cyber monday north face cyber monday jordan 13 barons north face black friday legend blue 11s coach cyber monday coach cyber monday north face black friday north face black friday michael kors cyber monday jordan 11 legend blue beats by dre cyber monday jordan 13 bred uggs cyber monday beats by dre black friday jordan 11 legend blue jordan 6 black infrared legend blue 11s beats by dre cyber monday uggs cyber monday uggs cyber monday michael kors black friday uggs black friday lululemon cyber monday jordan 6 black infrared lululemon cyber monday grey toe 13s coach black friday black infrared 6s michael kors cyber monday michael kors black friday uggs black friday coach black friday black infrared 23 13s michael kors cyber monday jordan 11 legend blue north face cyber monday michael kors black friday uggs black friday jordan 13 bred michael kors cyber monday michael kors cyber monday north face cyber monday uggs cyber monday uggs black friday michael kors cyber monday jordan 13 grey toe michael kors black friday jordan 11 legend blue jordan 11 legend blue beats by dre black friday michael kors cyber monday jordan 13 barons beats by dre black friday michael kors black friday north face cyber monday lebron 12 beats by dre cyber monday beats by dre cyber Monday coach black friday coach black friday grey toe 13s jordan 11 legend blue lululemon cyber monday barons 13s jordan 6 black infrared coach outlet online lululemon black friday beats by dre cyber monday jordan 13 barons beats by dre cyber monday uggs black friday michael kors black friday coach outlet online north face black friday jordan 6 black infrared black infrared 23 13s black infrared 6s jordan 6 black infrared black infrared 6s coach cyber monday beats by dre black friday beats by dre black friday black infrared 6s black infrared 6s coach cyber monday north face black friday michael kors cyber monday lululemon black Friday grey toe 13s coach black friday uggs cyber monday coach cyber monday lebron 12 jordan 13 black infrared 23 black infrared 23 13s barons 13s