Laughter – is it really the best medicine?
Did you know that laughter boosts the immune system, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and has even been known to lessen pain and the effects of illness? But is there more to laughter than these health benefits? Well, I thought I’d do a little research of my own and this is what I have discovered. Believe it or not there is a downside to laughing. What if you were born with an embarrassing kind of laugh? Take for example, the Hyena laugh or the snort laugh, it could be quite socially isolating. I mean, who would want to hang out with someone who sounds like that. And, I could be wrong, but I don’t think there’s surgery for that. Laughing can not only be embarrassing, but also offensive..... What if you got the giggles and lost it at an inappropriate time, for example, a funeral. The mourning people around you might be very hurt at your sudden outburst. How about nervous giggling. This form of laughter is merely an expression of stress and anxiety, not enjoyment and pleasure. Laughter has also been known to cause incontinence. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term incontinence, it means simply wetting your pants. Seriously, you don’t want to have to carry around a spare pair of undies in your back pocket just in case you get an attack of the giggles. Laughing can also be quite a painful experience at times. A good belly laugh can leave people gasping for air and induce sore sides. This is not funny at all and can actually be quite uncomfortable. Laughter can be misleading at times and doesn’t always mean that you are happy. Take for example when you are being tickled; you are experiencing a lot of pain yet the tickler continues because they think that just because you are laughing, you are enjoying yourself, when really the laughter is an expression of unbearable discomfort. Another strange thing I have come across in my life is the bone that we nickname the funny bone. This bone hurts when you...
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