The Natural Wonder Drug

There’s one natural medicine we all have access to that is a powerful reliever of stress and anxiety. It brings wellbeing, causes easement, and is so potent that some researchers suggest we should use it for 15 minutes a day. Apparently it can reduce risk of heart attacks by up to 40% and help us to live for 4.5 years longer. It can also help expand blood vessels and increase blood flow by 22%. Patients who use it regularly also need less pain killers. 

It has tremendous psychological and social benefits as well. It helps alleviate depression, makes us generally more attractive and helps build and sustain relationships. It is certainly used by all successful teams and it may even be one of the secrets of a successful marriage. It is contagious and, unlike a cold, people actually like catching it. 

There’s no shortage of supply, it’s hard to overdose and unless used inappropriately has little side effects. And it’s free! Have you guessed what it is yet?  Laughter.

Laughter and the sense of humour that gives rise to it is an essential human asset. Simply smiling also has benefits. It uses a lot less energy than frowning and in one psychological study, where researchers were sent out to smile at strangers, 50% of people smiled back.  The research concluded that the saying should be rewritten: “Smile and half the world smiles with you”!

In difficult times you may be prone to take life and yourself just a little too seriously. Researching for this article has led me to the conclusion that simply bringing more laughter and humour into your life and workplace is possibly the single most beneficial thing you can do.

Here to conclude is apparently the world’s top joke – as concluded by the Laughlab research, which collected over 40,000 jokes and had them rated by more than 350,000 people.

Two hunters are out in the woods when one collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other man calls 999 on his mobile. “My friend is dead what can I do?”  The operator says “Calm down, I can help. First let’s make sure he’s dead”. There’s a silence then a shot is heard. Back on the phone the guy says “Ok, now what?”


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