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“Laughter IS the best medicine.” | July 22, 2021

And, believe it or not, it’s good for your health.

Laughter can even 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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Resources:

http://health.howstuffworks.com/mental-health/human-nature/other-emotions/laughter3.htm

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm

https://caregiver.com/articles/laughter-is-the-best-medicine/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2017/06/05/six-science-based-reasons-why-laughter-is-the-best-medicine/?sh=19df9c517f04


2 Comments »

  1. Joke.

    Nurse One: When are they going to start paying me what I’m worth around here?

    Nurse Two: They can’t. It’s illegal to pay less than minimum wage.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Joy — July 22, 2021 @ 12:10 PM


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