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Laugh a little — it’s good for your health! | June 27, 2018

They say that “laughter is the best medicine.”

Well, believe it or not, it could help your EEG results!

For example, scientists traced the brainwave activity of people responding to funny material.

They were hooked up to an (EEG) and their brain activity was measured when they laughed.

In each case, the brain produces a regular electrical pattern. Less than a half-second after exposure to something funny, an electrical wave moves through the cerebral cortex.

If the wave takes a negative charge, laughter results. If it maintains a positive charge, no response is given at all.

Next, the left hemisphere analyzes the words and structures of the joke.

The right hemisphere “gets” the joke. The visual sensory area of the occipital lobe creates images.

The limbic (emotional) system makes you happier and the motor sections make you smile or laugh.

Also, laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

It also dissolves negative emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.

So how about a laugh or two? Tell us your favorite funny movie, or a good joke!

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  1. Here is a good clean joke
    How many ears does Spock have?
    “A right ear, a left ear and a final frontier. (Ear)”

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    Comment by Tami — June 27, 2018 @ 5:36 PM

  2. Phylis Feiner Johnson, one thing that makes me laugh when I think about it is this: When Borders book store still existed, I was enjoying a frozen coffee drink with mini marshmallows. One got stuck in the straw and when I blew it out, the force sent the drink through the small hole that was built into the top of the lid. At first, my eyes were blinking in confusion and then I said, “Oh, damn.” On reflection, I wish we had a video camera so that could be watched again and again.


    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — July 6, 2018 @ 11:27 AM

  3. I still laugh about that, even to this day!

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    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — July 6, 2018 @ 7:08 PM

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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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