Keep Laughing for Your Health


As you know, I do go on about getting good nutrition. But nutrition isn’t the entire health story; we have to add exercise, get good sleep and such.

And it’s important for us to laugh. Not just a smile or a chuckle, but a good belly-laugh, preferably until your eyes leak. (Snorting is optional.)

A solid belly-laugh is probably the best gift you can give your endocrine system, which includes your immune system. Laughing blesses your nervous system, too.

I was delighted to see research proving the benefits of laughing because throughout my life, I headed to humor whenever disaster struck.

Some college friends said the worse things got for me, the funnier I became. “Big time tonight! Bette’s going through a mess, so we’ll get to really laugh.” It worked out well, too; nobody wants to disappoint their audience. Blessed with bad health and no money, I had ample opportunities.

But what about the fact that life tends not to be a barrel of laughs, especially nowadays?

I hear you. I was dismayed when I recently realized my optimism had sagged, and, along with it, my humor. So, I’m writing this to me at least as much as to you.

Laughing daily

In 1964, Saturday Review’s long time editor, Norman Cousins, was told by is doctor that he was dying; he had, perhaps, two months to wrap up his life. Well, Cousins wasn’t ready to die, so he did a little research, then closeted himself in his apartment to watch Marx Brothers movies, read joke books-whatever it took to keep him laughing.

He read humor books or watched the Marx Brothers go through their antics-leering, sight gags and all the rest-every minute, day or night, he was awake. And he took massive amounts of vitamin C, a good idea whatever’s going south. Cousins laughed, slept, ate and took vitamin C- that’s all.

One month later, he went back to the hospital for testing, and doctors found no sign of his autoimmune disease. Cousins went on to live 26 more happy, productive years-nearly three decades longer than if he hadn’t decided to fight back.

What makes you laugh? Why not make a daily appointment to laugh?

I like Tim Conway. Go to and watch some of his clips. The Siamese Elephants or the dentist routine, for instance, are good for belly laughs. And other clips are, too.

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Bette Dowdell   
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

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