Laughter.

Laughter

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!

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About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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