Everyone needs a good laugh. It may not be the best medicine, but laughter has been compared to a good diet and exercise when it comes to keeping you healthy – mentally and physically.
Laughter appears to cause the opposite of stress – it helps to calm and relieve anxiety – explains Dr. Lee Berk of the Loma Linda University in California. Berk has spent decades studying the ways the aftershocks of a good laugh ripple through your brain and body.
Millennia ago, Solomon’s wisdom counseled in the Bible that ‘A merry heart doeth good like medicine’, but it took the American author, Norman Cousins, to bring the healing power of laughter to the attention of the medical professionContinue Reading