The cost of medicine has been described as outrages, not only by consumers but also by health professionals. It is being so described because it’s true. Purveyors of trade and commerce worked out early in the piece that the more important something is the more people will pay. And what’s more important than health?
Isn’t it refreshing therefore to know that there exists a medicine that’s free, freely available, fabulously effective and you don’t need to worry about prescriptions, or, the regimes of consumption; indeed the more you have the healthier you’ll be.
That medicine is— Laughter.
Laughter is good medicine, it is said by health professionals and others, expanding into comments such as, ‘laughter triggers healthy physical changes in the body, strengthens the immune system, boosts energy, diminishes pain and protects from stress.’
Paul E. McGhee, Ph. D. a man they call the pioneer in humour research, and who has written more than 50 scientific articles and 13 books on the effects of humour puts it this way: “Your sense of humour is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”
There is another perspective to consider when discussing laughter.
That perspectives is this. What happens when you laugh?
That’s right. When you laugh you enter that exquisite state of Now, the state also known as the Moment. There is no thinking, no feeling, no anything.
Laughter reconnects. While you are laughing, you are at one with Creation.
All manner of monks are absolute advocates of humour.
Also, the Christian religions, not exactly what you’d call a skip and giggle brigade, have their laughter believers and champions. Saint Teresa of Avila reportedly said: “A sad nun is a bad nun,” and “I am more afraid of one unhappy sister than a crowd of evil spirits.”
Bottom line, when you look at life, in general, it is ridiculous. If you don’t laugh you’ll go mad.