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Laughter is the best medicine

June 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Books, Children, City Library, Family Fare, Main Branch, Movies, Summer Reading Program, Teens, West Branch

If you had been in the Center of New Hampshire a few weeks ago, you might have heard loud spurts of laughter coming from one of the conference rooms. Who would have thought that a bunch of librarians could find something to laugh that hard about? We were attending the New Hampshire Library Association’s spring conference and listening to (and laughing at) a presentation entitled “Laughing Matters.”

Did you know that laughter has been proven to boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, strengthen you abdominal muscles, and relieve stress? Who wouldn’t want to accomplish all that? Studies have shown that, on average, children laugh 117 times a day. Adults, only 5 times. One suggestion: hang out with kids. They are so busy having fun that it never crosses their minds to wonder what people think of them. And their laughter can be contagious.

There are even clubs forming, where the members get together and do nothing but laugh. Haven’t heard of them? Check out the video with British actor John Cleese on YouTube to learn more.

Prefer to do your laughing in a more private setting? Check out Completely Mad : a history of the comic book and magazine or The indispensable Calvin and Hobbes in the comic book section of the Art room. Want to get others laughing too? How about The laugh’s on me or 5600 jokes for all occasions to improve your joke-telling skills. Or take a look at Unshelved for a comic strip actually written about libraries – it might surprise you.

No matter what tools you use, try to add laughter to your daily routine….it may help more than you can possibly imagine.

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