How strange that only a couple of days ago the choice of word was “bubble,”
which as you all know now is Cockney rhyming slang for “laugh,” although as not everyone would be familiar with the rhyming slang I suspect not a lot of people would have made the connection. Unfortunately as I had made the connection I have therefore already written a blog about virtually the same subject.
Not to be beaten with a challenge to blog I shall persevere, firstly with the definition of laughter, which is, a physical reaction in humans consisting typically of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli, which all seems far more complicated than it actually is, which makes me laugh.
Personally I think laughter is absolutely vital to the well-being of any human being although not too much as it seems it is possible to literally die from laughter, which is no joke, however one does not die from the joke itself, but from the body’s reaction to it. Among the many possible medical ways that laughing too hard can kill you are ruptured brain aneurysm, cardiac arrest, collapsed lung, strangulated hernia, gelastic seizures, stroke and asphyxiation.
My how we laughed!
Conversely you will be glad to hear that studies have shown that laughter really is medicinal. In fact, laughing is similar to exercising in that it works your core muscles and stimulates the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. When you have a good, hearty chuckle, your body increases endorphin levels and reduces stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Subsequently, your body’s stress responses diminish: blood pressure lowers, muscles relax, and mood improves.
The conclusion therefore is to seek out old shows with comedians like Frankie Howard where you can experience, as he would say, “small titters, or big titters,” but do be aware of the pitfalls of having “massive titters.” Nay, nay and thrice nay!