For Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt!
Did you know, on average we laugh seventeen times a day? I do that in an hour! Anyway, I decided to look a little deeper into this laughter malarkey.
Laughter is, ahem, ‘a rhythmic, vocalized, expiratory and involuntary action’.
It’s said to be the best medicine, lowering blood pressure and oxygenating the blood. It gets rid of those pesky stress hormones too.
And how about this? Laughing 100 times is equal to 10 minutes on a rowing machine or 15 minutes on an exercise bike.
Some people are not particularly musical but we all have a natural rhythm. Listen to anyone laugh. It’s always as rhythmic as a drum beat.
A little old man was sitting on a park bench, quietly chuckling to himself.
A lady sat down next to him. “I can’t help but notice how contented you seem,” she said. “What’s your secret for a long and happy life?”
“Three packs of cigarettes a day,” he said, “a case of whisky a week, and lots of fatty food.”
“That’s amazing,” the woman said. “How old are you?’
“Twenty-six,” he said.
And if you laughed at that you just added 3.557 seconds to your life!