Laugh & Grow Brain Cells

Originally Posted on March 6, 2012 by Dr. Gail Feldman

Last night, my sister and I stayed up ‘til midnight watchingbabies laughing on YouTube videos. Of course we laughed ourselves silly. There’s nothing better than an intense, screaming, laugh attack and nothing more likely to induce it than the innocent joy of pets or cherubic babies. No clever jokes are required. Check out the “Baby laughing hysterically at ripping paper” and I guarantee you will laugh hysterically. Laughter is contagious. And since we’re no longer babies growing brain-matter, we can still relax and know that our good humor helps sustain brain fitness.  In fact, aging well just might be a laughing matter. According to Gerontologist, Dr. LaVona Traywick frequent laughter not only lowers stress hormones and blood pressure, it decreases pain, brings us more energy and improves brain function. So be on the look-out for every funny, silly, absurdly outrageous occurance, and laugh long and hard. Then share with a friend so they can get a laughter work-out as well.  For example, I found Dr. Steve’s Humor Matters website and discovered among the Top Ten Old Folks’ Party Games: Musical Recliners and Hide and Go Pee. Now that made me laugh. What is it about babies and old folks?


About Dr.Gail Carr Feldman

Dr. Gail Feldman, longtime psychologist, former assistant psychiatry professor, and award-winning author, has published six books, appeared on radio and television programs across the country, including Larry King Live, and has spoken internationally on creativity, resilience and the heroine’s journey. Her current passion is facilitating transformation through the Midlife Crash Course.
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