LAUGH AWAY THE BLUES
Years ago, Norman Cousins (a well-known magazine editor) claimed that watching Marx Brothers’ movies had helped him recover from a painful disease of the spine. Since then, studies citing the health benefits of a good laugh have piled up. What seemed just an educated guess has taken on the dignity of a scientific theory. For example, Japanese researchers at the Foundation for the Advancement of International Science recently found that laughter can actually reduce glucose levels in people with diabetes. In addition, they reported that certain genes that control the immune system activity were stimulated by laughter. Scientists from the University of Maryland Medical Center and Stanford University found that mirthful laughter has good effects on the arteries, blood pressure and cardiovascular system in general. Can you prevent a heart attack with mirth? No, but it can’t hurt to try – in addition to eating right, not smoking, having medical check-ups, and taking other heart-healthy steps. If the Marx Brothers are not your dish, find something else that makes you laugh out loud.
Watching comedies is good for health