I just had to post this!

I was doing some reaserch and i cam across this information and it did make me laugh so it may work lol.

I have copied the text at the bottom so those who cannot use the link can read as well keep smiling

paddy

lifestyle.aol.co.uk/2011/09...

Laughing helps beat pain

New research suggests that laughter really might be the best medicine after all.

Researchers at Oxford University have found that genuine laughter raises levels of feel-good endorphins, boosting tolerance to pain as a result.

Professor Robin Dunbar, who is one of the UK's leading evolutionary biologists, recored the amount of laughter produced when subjects watched comedy videos or comedy routines at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Their laughter levels were then compared with those who watched factual drama.

When Professor Dunbar assessed their pain tolerance he found that those who watched comedy in a group laughed the most and had a heightened tolerance for pain.

Tests included measuring how long they could stand a frozen wine cooler sleeve on their arm, and how long they could stand against a wall with their knees bent.

Researchers are confident that the effects were a result of laughter, rather than feeling good, because those who watched nature videos felt happy afterwards but were not able to tolerate increased pain.

The researchers said: "Laughing is physically very exhausting, and anything that taxes the body physically triggers endorphins as a natural response as part of the pain control mechanism."

However, only real laughter works. Professor Dunbar says: "We think the effect only comes from full-blown hearty laughter, which involves a series of sharp exhalations with no in-drawing of breath."

Previous studies have already shown that laughter boosts circulation and is good for the heart and can also help to burn calories, tone muscles and boost the immune system.

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  • Anyone got any real funny jokes!!

  • My 3 year old told me this one so here goes

    Where to fish keep their money?

    A riverbank

    Ok so good for a 3 year old I thought x

    Thanks for the post paddy x

  • Greece has ceased production of taramasalata and hummus - definite signs of a double dip recession.

    On another level, some yoga classes combine yoga and laughter and the results in pain reduction/management are measurable. I am lucky enough to be married to a naturally hilarious man - he saves various misdemeanors up, to tell me when I am particularly poorly as he knows the effect the stories will have.

    Also I once had a friend to stay in the house who had not slept for two weeks due to dire insomnia and stress and sudden deep depression due to a sudden relationship breakdown, with a headache not of the 'hughes' kind. Out of desperation, after day after day of misery and no sleep for them, myself and all the children sat on them and tickled them for 15 mins, the end hysterical result from all of us, sleep pattern restored and a pepping up of routines in the right direction. much to the curiosity of the bemused GP who was helping at the time with various drugs..... when asked why they were suddenly and noticeably better over a one week period, their reply, don't need sleeping pills since I started with the tickling and laughter workshops. The tickling must have released stress and tension! It was very funny at the time, seeing the sobbing being swapped for laughter!

  • Thank you all well it seams laughter is the best policy oh by the way

    1. Two blondes walk into a building ....... you'd think at least one of them would have seen it.

    2. Phone answering machine message - '..If you want to buy marijuana, press the hash key...'

    3. A guy walks into the psychiatrist wearing only Clingfilm for shorts. The shrink says, 'Well, I can clearly 're nuts.'

    4. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.

    5. I went to the butchers the other day and I bet him 50 quid that he couldn't reach the meat off the top shelf. He said, 'No, the steaks are too high.'

    6. My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in.

    7 . A man came round in hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, 'Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!' The doctor replied, 'I know you can't, I've cut your arms off'.

    8. I went to a seafood disco last week and pulled a muscle.

    9. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. They lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it.

    10. Our ice cream man was found lying on the floor of his van covered with hundreds and thousands. Police say that he topped himself.

    11. Man goes to the doctor, with a strawberry growing out of his head.. Doc says 'I'll give you some cream to put on it.'

    12. 'Doc I can't stop singing 'The Green, Green Grass of Home'. 'That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome..' 'Is it common?' 'It's not unusual.'

    13. A man takes his Rottweiller to the vet. 'My dog is cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for him?' 'Well,' said the vet, 'let's have a look at him'.

    So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then he checks his teeth. Finally, he says, 'I'm going to have to put him down.' 'What? Because he's cross-eyed?' 'No, because he's really heavy'.

    14. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

    15. So I was getting into my car, and this bloke says to me 'Can you give me a lift?' I said 'Sure, you look great, the world's your oyster, go for it..'

    16. Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. There are 5 people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's either my mum or my Dad, or my older brother Colin, or my younger brother Ho-Cha-Chu. But I think it's Colin..

    17. Two fat blokes in a pub, one says to the other 'Your round.' The other one says 'So are you, you fat b******!'

    18. Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.

    19. 'You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.' So that was nice..'

    20. A man walked into the doctors, he said, 'I've hurt my arm in several places'. The doctor said, 'Well don't go there anymore!

    21. Ireland 's worst air disaster occurred early this morning when a small two-seater Cessna plane crashed into a cemetery. Irish search and rescue workers have recovered 2826 bodies so far and expect that number to climb as digging continues into the night.

  • oh dear...is that the best you can do?!!!!

    have a look at the comedian: Tim Minchin, he has my sense of humour, he is so funny!! not good if your religious though!

    I'll post some links on later!

    Take care & keep happy x :)

  • lol it was a first attempt lol ok lets see what you can do lol

  • ha ha the challenge is on!!!

  • ok i posted thin the the other post but thought i would post here as well

  • I liked this!! :) still prefer the Tim Minchin though!! ;)

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