Researchers at Loma Linda University have published data supporting the benefits of laughter.
Their study shows that “mirthful” laughter has several positive effects that mirror the effects of repetitive exercise. Repetitive laughter decreases levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline and boosts the function of several immune modulators, including T-cells and natural killer cells.
The repetitive laughter program, “Laughercise”, also improved good and bad cholesterol readings and lowered blood pressure.
Another study showed that viewing funny videos brought hormonal changes similar to those that moderate exercise creates to stimulate appetite. Controls watched a stressful video (the first 20 minutes of “Saving Private Ryan”, which is definitely NOT funny), and had no changes in appetite-modulating hormones. It is hoped that there may be implications for geriatric wasting syndromes or other conditions in which people cannot use physical exercise to stimulate their appetites.
So, in the interest of good health and healthy eating, here is Graham Chapman running into a bit of trouble with a dirty fork at a fancy restaurant