The Power Of Humor By Gerry Maguire Thompson
It’s my belief that humor is one of the greatest agents we have for good in this world. Humor is vital to human life, and probably always has been.
It is timeless, and occurs in all cultures. Everyone loves someone who is genuinely funny. Yet there is always something about it that remains mysterious and elusive. I’d like to look into it a little, with particular regard to its positive and constructive potential.
As a purely physiological phenomenon, science has pinpointed many of the benefits of laughter. It “generates powerful alternating cycles of arousal and relaxation”. (Sounds uncannily like sex, doesn’t it? Actually, the two really are alike, in more ways than one.)
Laughter benefits many of the body’s vital systems: the respiratory, cardio-vascular, hormonal and even immune system. The general muscular involvement of other parts of the body is beneficial too. Even smiling releases beneficial endorphins and hormones.
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