Laughter: the anti-medicine

In case you missed it, the British Journal of Medicine recently had a downright depressing study about laughter. The conclusion? Far from being the best medicine, laughter will actually kill you.

Tara Courtland

Communications Director Tara Courtland

Well, it’s not likely to kill you (it could, but that’s rare), but it does come with a lot of minor and serious health problems, including incontinence and respiratory problems.

The study didn’t exactly give me the giggles, but it is worth reading, if for no other reason than that it gives me good ammunition to combat the people who keep telling me to smile more.

So if you’re tired of people telling you to be jolly, or merry, or full of good cheer this week, take a look — it’s a great excuse to bah humbug for a few minutes.

Check it out here: http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f7274

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About Tara Courtland

Tara Courtland is the communications director at NEMT.
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