Humor Supports the Body’s Battle vs. Specific Diseases: The Latest Research

“The chemicals that are running our body and our brain are the same chemicals that are involved in emotion.  And that says to me that . . . we’d better pay more attention to emotions with respect to health.”    (Candace Pert, PhD, former Chief of Brain Biochemistry, National Institutes of Health) You’ve probably heard […]

Mild Humor Reduces Bronchial Constriction among Asthma Patients

Mild Humor & Laughter Support Breathing in COPD Patients

[This article was adapted from McGhee, P.  Humor: The  Lighter Path to Resilience and Health.  Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.  References to the research discussed below are presented in this book.] Intuitively, you would assume that laughter would not be a good idea for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD—a condition (which may result from […]

Humor Yourself to Better Pulmonary Health: Introduction

[This article was adapted from McGhee, P.  Humor: The  Lighter Path to Resilience and Health.  Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.  References to the research discussed below are presented in this book.] Researchers have recently begun to study the pulmonary benefits of humor and laughter.  If you are already in good health, their contribution to pulmonary health is […]

How does Humor Promote a Healthy Heart?

[This article was adapted from McGhee, P. (2011).  Humour, Health and Happiness: How to Get the FUNtastic Benefits of Humour into Your Life.  Singapore: MindEdge.  This book is prepared for a general reading audience in Asia and is shipped out of  Singapore.  To order (and for shipping inquiries), contact MindEdge at jeanette@mindedge.com.sg.  References for the […]

Humor and Laughter Promote a Healthy Heart

[This article was adapted from McGhee, P. (2011).  Humour, Health and Happiness: How to Get the FUNtastic Benefits of Humour into Your Life.  Singapore: MindEdge.  This book is prepared for a general reading audience in Asia and is shipped out of Singapore.  To order (and for shipping inquiries), contact MindEdge at jeanette@mindedge.com.sg.  References for the […]

Humor and Laughter Strengthen Your Immune System

[Adapted from Humor: The Lighter Path to Resilience and Health, by Paul McGhee.   References to the research discussed here may be found in that book.] “The art of medicine consists of keeping the patient amused while nature heals the disease.”    Voltaire A managed care consultant dies and goes to Heaven. Frankly, he can’t believe his […]

Humor and Laughter Reduce Pain

A man went to his doctor complaining of painful headaches.  After concluding his tests, the doctor said, “There’s only one solution, but it’s extreme: castration.”  The patient said he could never do that and he walked out. As the weeks went on, his headaches got so bad that he couldn’t take it any longer.  He […]