laughterNorman Cousins, author, journalist and an adjunct  professor at The School of Medicine at UCLA , described in his book “Anatomy of an Illness” how laughter helped relieve the pain he suffered from a collagen disease and then later a form of reactive arthritis.  “I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep.”  He stated that he used the Marx Brothers films to induce that laughter.

He describes laughter as “inner jogging” because it gives every system in the body a work-out.  Our cardiovascular and respiratory systems can benefit more from 20 seconds of laughter than it can from 3 minutes on a rowing machine !

The muscles relax and endorphins are released into the bloodstream.  Laughter also activates the immune system.

With that in mind:

A blind guy on a bar stool shouts to the bartender, “Wanna hear a blonde joke?”

In a hushed voice, the guy next to him says, “Before you tell that joke, you should know something.”

“Our bartender is blonde; the bouncer is blonde; I’m a 6′ tall, 200 lb black belt. The guy sitting next to me is 6’2″, weighs 225, and he’s a rugby player. The fella to your right is 6’5″ , almost 300 pounds and he’s a wrestler. Each one of us is blonde. Think again, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?”

The blind guy says, “Nah, not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times.”  🙂


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