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April is National Humor Month



Who knew it would be so hard to find medical articles from trusted sources that talk about the benefits of laughter and humor to health. Small wonder we hardly ever hear such statements as "it's summer time, let's get season pass co-payments to the hospital!" or "if you don't behave I won't take you to see the doctor...". There is a growing body of knowledge out there however that seems to have found a connection between laughter and enhanced health.

Laughter is beneficial to relationships (common sense, right?), and this article in Psychology Today underscores that. It's a quick read and for all those who are connected in any way to any other human beings it is well worth the 8 minutes it takes to read it. The Humour Foundation, based in Australia, is the brains behind the Clown Doctors (self-explanatory) and their whole organization is geared towards promoting the health benefits of humor by infusing laughter and humor into the practice of medicine.

Other than it's benefits in building and strengthening human relationships here are some other health benefits of humor and laughter.

Now that you're up to speed here's my challenge. The entire month of April is National Humor Month so do your part in helping promote the health and well-being of others and post a joke or funny story in the comments section of this posting, and if you don't have a sense of humor then borrow someone else's...we'll laugh anyway, and it's cheaper than paying to attend a laughter workshop!

Photos courtesy of a4gpa and chippenziede
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