Latest Laughter Stories

2008-10-12 15:00:15

By J. PEDER ZANE Soaring gas prices, flooding rains, market meltdowns, mindless campaigns and mosquitoes here, there, everywhere - smack! I don't know about you, but I could use a good laugh. To wit: A priest, a rabbi and a minister walk into a bar.

2008-09-21 21:00:18

By Joan Aragone Remember Norman Cousins? The writer and editor was one of the first Americans to write about the connection between "mind and body." In a 1976 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Cousins described how he cured himself of a life-threatening condition by ignoring doctors' orders, including taking a variety of prescription drugs.

2008-08-04 15:00:35

By The Catherine Deveney Interview PAUL MERTON is an intense kind of man. That's not, by the way, subliminal code for 'nutty comedian'.

2008-07-28 06:00:00

THE QUESTION of whether laughter really is the best medicine is set to be answered at this year's Fringe. Comedian John Ryan has convinced a group of nurses to carry out health checks on the best stand-ups in the land.

2008-07-22 12:00:47

Play 99.6 in Collaboration with Petra Aluminum Presents Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid in a Live Comedy Performance The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has traditionally welcomed original cultural events from across the globe.

2008-07-09 15:00:10

A British science writer says he has determined humor is just the recognition of a pattern that a person finds surprising.

2007-05-01 06:00:13

By Chinery, Winifred KEYWORDS Alleviation, Humour, Operating theatre, Stress The use of humour was reviewed to establish whether it could be used constructively to reduce work-related stress within the perioperative environment.

2006-01-20 11:15:00

Sitting through a funny movie seems to be as good for your heart as running through the park, a small study suggests.

2005-11-22 16:40:00

In an important new study from the forthcoming Quarterly Review of Biology, biologists from Binghamton University explore the evolution of two distinct types of laughter – laughter which is stimulus-driven and laughter which is self-generated and strategic.

2005-03-08 08:04:32

A good belly laugh may have repercussions all the way up to the heart. For the first time, researchers have found that laughter causes the endothelium, the inner lining of blood vessels, to dilate. This increases blood flow which, of course, is good for overall cardiovascular health.

Word of the Day
  • A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present; a dole.
The word 'donative' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to give'.