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Laughter Facts

We always knew laughter was the best medicine, but now a recent study has found that it may also help women who are trying to become pregnant through in-vitro fertilisation ('IVF').

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A cartoon depicts a man, talking to the desk sergeant at a police station, describing how his house was caught in a storm, was washed of its foundation, slid down the hill, crossed the main highway, and ended up in the ocean floating away. The desk sergeant replied, "Okay buddy, I'll just put 'No fixed address'."

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A recent study indicated that people with a good sense of humour and a propensity to laugh may be less likely to develop heart disease compared to people who possess antisocial, type-A personalities. Meeting stressful situations with a sense of humour may be particularly relevant to heart health.

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Laughter is contagious. But to really share the benefits, you may have to laugh out loud. A recent study revealed that voiced, songlike laughter elicits a more positive response from listeners than an unvoiced laugh.

Laughing out loud may help your friends and family members to share in the stress-reducing benefits of a belly laugh.

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If you have diabetes, makes sure you put laughter on the menu when planning your meals. Positive emotions such as laughter may help to control spikes in blood sugar levels after a meal. People in a study who watched a funny video during dinner had lower blood sugar levels after the meal compared to the people who watched a lecture video during dinner. Keeping blood sugar levels stable will help to ward off diabetic complications.

Laughter lowered the increase in postprandial blood glucose.
Hayashi K, Hayashi T, Iwanaga S, Kawai K, Ishii H, Shoji S, Murakami K.