One Monday morning at a tram stop…
Btw, did you know that in 1962, there was an outbreak of mass hysteria — a laughter epidemic in a village on the western coast of Lake Victoria in Tanzania? It is reported that it may have started by someone in a boarding school telling a joke, triggering a small group of students to start laughing.
“The laughter perpetuated itself, far transcending its original cause. The school from which the epidemic sprang was shut down; the children and parents transmitted it to the surrounding area. Other schools, Kashasha itself, and another village, comprising thousands of people, were all affected to some degree. Six to eighteen months after it started, the phenomenon died off”
The guy filming this video below was probably high as a kite from endorphins, afterwards.
There is an area of neuroscience called Psychoneuroimmunology. The field studies the interaction between the brain and the immune system by combining the methods and techniques of psychology, neuroscience and immunology. Laughter has been shown to cause changes in the autonomic nervous system and as noted below, alters stress hormones and neurotransmitter levels.
7 Health Benefits of Laughter
1. Laughing lowers blood pressure
2. Reduces stress hormone levels
3. Fun ab workout
4. Improves cardiac health
5. Boosts T cells
6. Triggers the release of endorphins
7. Produces a general sense of well-being
Laughter is an instant vacation. ~Milton Berle