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I am watching outtakes of Will Farrell making Anchor Man. He is brilliant and hilarious. I am Rolling On The Floor Laughing This is good for me. In fact, it’s so good, that if a major pharmaceutical company could charge me 20 bucks a pop for a pill that would do this, they would. But they can’t, because laughter is free.

When I was recovering from cancer, I looked desperately to try to find things that would help me heal. I went to health food stores. I had a list of specialists as long as my arm. I read books on complimentary therapy. But it turns out that one of the best and most accessible things I could do was just make myself laugh.

Laughter has been shown to improve mood, lift depression, improve cardio vascular fitness and increase levels of serotonin (a very beneficial drug that is naturally produced by our bodies) among other nifty things. Many smart people with lots of letters after their names have studied this at places like The Mayo Clinic, Berkeley, The University of Arizona and other institutions

So it turns out that one of the easiest and most empowering things that those of us going   through cancer and other health challenges is to watch a remarkably goofy movie or put on our favourite You Tube video of cats playing bagpipes and just laugh.  Find any reason to laugh at all. It’s healthy, free and you don’t need a prescription.

I am a huge fan of ELLICSR. A great cancer survivorship centre at Toronto General Hospital. Gifted and talented people write a great blog and you can get to it RIGHT HERE

References (I know right? references! in a blog! What the hell! Look that’s real science down there…)

1.             Bennett, M.P., et al., The effect of mirthful laughter on stress and natu4. Sch ral killer cell activity. Altern Ther Health Med, 2003. 9(2): p. 38-45.

2.             Berk, L.S., et al., Neuroendocrine and stress hormone changes during mirthful laughter. Am J Med Sci, 1989. 298(6): p. 390-6.

3.             Cho, E.A. and H.E. Oh, [Effects of laughter therapy on depression, quality of life, resilience and immune responses in breast cancer survivors]. J Korean Acad Nurs. 41(3): p. 285-93.