Years ago, as kids, we used to eagerly look forward to each issue of the Reader’s Digest. The section I liked best was “Laughter-The Best Medicine”. It was a collection of jokes and anecdotes to tickle the ribs.
One of the most publicized testimonials comes from a founder in the therapeutic use of humour, Norman Cousins. In Anatomy of an Illness (1979), a moving account of battling a painful, crippling disease, Cousins found that 10 minutes of belly laughter enabled him two hours of pain-free sleep.
Laughter has therapeutic effects and helps reduce stress induced blood pressure. It costs little and has a snow-balling effect. Laughter helps you to relate more easily with others and teaches you to laugh at yourself.