I have posted before about the many benefits of humor and laughter and wrote for Law Governance Review the article "Don't Deck the Clown: Inviting Humor into the Law Firm." On this winter Friday, let's remember the many psychological and physiological benefits of humor and laughter. (Click for much more about the gifts of laughter—and about laughism, the prejudice against laughter.)
For a jumpstart on some smiles and laughter, can any of you watch this and maintain a straight face and silence?
Note (added January 25, 2008, 12:40 PM Mountain): From Science Daily: "Laughter Is The Best Medicine."
Laughter is the best medicine. We’ve heard the expression time and again. For decades, researchers have explored how humor helps patients relieve stress and heal. Melissa B. Wanzer, EdD, professor of communication studies at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, has taken it one step further, with her research on how humor helps medical professionals cope with their difficult jobs. She also looked at how humor affects the elderly and how it can increase communication in the workplace and in the classroom.