Friday Fascination

Humor Time

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Humor, I believe, is a supernatural gift with awesome side effects.  For example, a little jesting will (courtesy of 8 Health Benefits of Laughter):

  1. Lower blood pressure
  2. Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
  3. Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
  4. Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
  5. Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
  6. Defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
  7. Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores
  8. Improve alertness, creativity, and memory

I can always use a bit of number 8.  After exposure to some hilarity, an electrical wave zaps the ol’ gray matter, fast as a fat kid flying for the last Twinkie.  The left hemisphere analyzes, the right hemi “gets” the joke; the occipital lobe forms a visual; happiness kicks into gear; and on with the smile or laugh (hopefully both).

Who is your favorite comedian?  Have a joke to share?  Don’t be shy – bring on the laughter!

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  1. Ok, this is really old (and naturally, crude), but in high school my best friend and I used to listen to Eddie Murphy’s first (self-titled) album. (And yes, back then it was an album.) I could have quoted that whole cassette tape. I still whip out quotes from the “Talking cars” and “Myths” bits he does.

    1. coleenjb says:

      I’m not sure if it was Eddie Murphy’s first album or not, but I vividly remember an ex-boyfriend loving to watch Eddie Murphy over and over. And over. Eddie Murphy overkill…enough to form a deep loathing in my soul. I like his voice in the Shrek movies, though. 🙂

  2. Hi CJ, Excellent post! I also enjoy lightening the mood and the day with a good joke. I collect them on one of my Toastmaster Pinterest boards–

  3. coleenjb says:

    I love your toastmaster jokes, Joanne! I’ll have to check out your Pinterest board now…. Thanks for stopping by!

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