I’ll take Robin. He makes me laugh. In fact, he made me laugh at least a hundred times in a recent film. Which is like 10 minutes on a rowing machine. And I was flat on my back watching. Now that’s my kind of work out.
Laughter stimulates the brain, ventilates lungs, and raises heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and circulation. That’s why 100 laughs a day …is equivalent to the physical benefits you get from riding a stationary bike for 15 minutes or spending 10 minutes on the rowing machine. “It’s a total body experience,” says Dr. Fry. (William F. Fry, M.D. is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School.)
There is more than enough research that shows the power of laughter. Yet as we supposedly mature, we laugh less and less. Children laugh at the rate of 300 laughs a day – the average adult, seventeen. Somehow seriousness is seen as a wonderful attribute. It ain’t! Start laughing.
I occasionally purchase the Saturday Toronto Star. Not for it’s news coverage and comment, but for the wonderful color comics. One of my favorites, Get Fuzzy, regularly cracks me up – and I’m getting exercise in the process. And I have two new fitness coaches – my sister-in-law, Marje & friend Denise. They regularly send me humor and I get laughtercise from their content. I feel better after I’ve heard from them.
And now I can go to a club to laugh without needing to sit through terrible comedians. Laughing Clubs, that began in India, have begun to pop up in North America. In them, the initial forced laughter turns into contagious belly laughs – and people leave their thirty minute class with improved immune systems, healthier hearts and a happier disposition.
So what makes you laugh?