An elderly Yid offered his seatmate some chocolate-covered nuts on the Monsey-Boro Park bus. They were sitting there munching happily when the stranger suddenly declined any more, explaining that he didn’t feel right eating so much of his neighbor’s snack.
“Don’t be silly,” the old man replied. “You’re doing me a favor. My teeth aren’t good enough to chew the nut, so I just suck off the chocolate coating and give the rest to you.”
Chances are that got you chuckling. A small chuckle, perhaps, because you’re engrossed in reading, but enough of a reaction to trigger numerous amazing effects in your body. In fact, laughter promotes relaxation and reduces stress. It boosts immunity, speeds up your metabolism, balances your blood pressure, raises your energy level, promotes circulation, and increases oxygen levels in the bloodstream, stimulating the heart and lungs and triggering the release of endorphins—chemicals that relieve pain and elevate your mood. Laugh for 20 minutes and you’ll enjoy the full physiological benefits.
Introducing laughter therapy!
Don’t they say that the best things in life are free?
Did I mention that you can burn as many as 500 calories in one hour of laughing? And those are only the physical benefits.
Laughter provides emotional and social benefits too, diminishing anxiety and improving overall mood. It strengthens relationships, improves teamwork, and even makes a person more attractive to others.