Laugh, I nearly cried!

Drew McAdam pic, Gazette columnist
Drew McAdam pic, Gazette columnist
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Laughter, they say, is the best medicine. Mind you, I wouldn’t want to be suffering a heart attack and hear somebody say: “You’ll be okay… I’m a comedian!”

I doubt very much if a good belly-laugh is truly the best medicine, but there is scientific evidence to suggest that having a giggle is good for your health.

It can do everything from lowering your blood pressure to reducing stress hormones and defending against respiratory infections.

So, here, try this… I was at the local swimming pool and decided to have a sneaky pee at the deep end.

I think the lifeguard must have seen me. He blew his whistle so loud I almost fell in!

Or how about this: At an after dinner speech the speaker got to his feet and opened his talk with the line: “All West Lothian councillors are incompetent fools.”

One of the audience members jumped to his feet and announced that he found the statement offensive.

The speaker apologised: “I take it you’re a West Lothian Councillor?”

“No,” replied the man. “I’m an incompetent fool.”

(And, yes, that IS the polite version.)

One pioneer in laughter research (and what a great job THAT would be!) claimed it took 10 minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter.

So, besides all the health benefits, you’ve just had a work-out, too!

Here’s another couple: I wondered why the frisbee was getting bigger; and then it hit me.

Or: My boss told me to follow my dreams… so one day I turned up naked at work.

According to the experts, that little chuckle just boosted your immune system.

And if that is working for you, then this will have you in tip-top health: A report in the local paper told the story of a roofer who somehow managed to shoot himself in the head with his nail-gun.

Amazingly, he was unaware of the fact and only found out when he tried to take his hat off!

So, there you go. If it’s true that laughter is the best medicine, then you should be feeling as fit as a fiddle by now. I know I am.

Drew McAdam