Tell Two Jokes and Call Me in the Morning
Laughter really may be the best medicine. Two local experts explain why. Plus, a new laser could reduce chronic pain, and a doctor has strict orders about maintaining your heart health.
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Laugh More—It’s Easy
So you’re convinced of the healing benefits of laughter, but your life isn’t all that funny. How do you go about incorporating laughter into your daily routine?
- Make it a daily goal to find three things that are really funny to you and share them with others, suggests laughter researcher Paul McGhee. It builds the habit of looking for humor in your surroundings.
- Ask others to share funny things with you. “If you put it on the front burner like that, people will start thinking of you when they see or hear something funny,” McGhee says.
- Pick up some trinkets and gags that make you smile. Christa Scalies, who blogs about laughter for mental health at GiggleOn.com, swears by her yodeling pickle, clown nose, kazoo and Handerpants (underwear for your hands).
- Watch a sitcom, stand-up comedian or comedy film that makes you laugh.
- Don’t be afraid to laugh in serious situations. Paramedics, police, firefighters, news reporters and others who respond to emergencies, disasters and crimes use humor to defuse high-stress situations.
- Spend a few minutes each day checking out humor websites such as www.theonion.com, www.jibjab.com, www.collegehumor.com and www.comedycentral.com.
- Undertake McGhee’s eight-step program to a funnier you, found in his 1999 book “Health, Healing and the Amuse System.”
- When all else fails, just close the door and laugh. Laugh loudly and heartily. And remember, Scalies says, “Laughter is 100 percent organic, gluten-free, fat-free, calorie-free and tax-free—at least for now.”
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