I've written about this before, but can never resist additional evidence that laughter is the best medicine.
This time a researcher from the Foundation for the Advancement of International Science actually tested the hypothesis on people with diabetes -- to see whether laughter could influence blood glucose level. On one day he took 19 diabetes patients to "a monotonous lecture (40 minutes) without humorous content." The next day he took them to a 40-minute comedy show. The patients ate the same meals on both days. Blood glucose levels were lower after the comedy day than after the lecture. Ha, ha! See?! A little fun goes a long way.
Researcher Kazuo Murakami concludes that his results, published in Diabetes Care, "suggest the importance of daily opportunities for laughter in patients with diabetes."
And not just for diabetics. Just last week at the University of Maryland, a similar study showed that comedies were "as instantly beneficial to the heart as a course of statins or a stint in the gym." Volunteers watching funny films experienced arterial blood flow increase, while those watching melancholy or distressing films had decreased blood flow. (Are we surprised?)
This being the case, I can't resist recommending in a few of my own favorite potential "remedies": Liar, Liar with Jim Carrey, Parenthood with Steve Martin, Down by Law with Roberto Benigni, and of course, most anything from Monty Python. Oh and in this case, forget what I said about the doubtfulness of research. Sometimes blind faith is best after all :)