Can you tell fact from fiction? Take the laughter and health quiz.
Did you know laughing is good for you? Besides relaxing muscles and lowering aggression, laughter may help reduce blood pressure and improve circulation and respiration. Take this quiz to find out if laughter really is the best medicine!start quiz
Question 1 of 20
People with type 2 diabetes will benefit from a little laughter in their lives.
... Several studies have shown that blood glucose levels stayed steady after patients reported being in a humorous mood, good news for those with type 2 diabetes.
Question 2 of 20
Laughter can help people with spasm-related muscle pain.
... Since laughter can help relax muscles and ease pain, this may help conditions affected by similar issues.
Question 3 of 20
Psychoneuroimmunology refers to crazy infections of the brain.
... Psychoneuroimmunology deals with the influence of emotional states and nervous system behavior on the immune system.
Question 4 of 20
Norman Cousins was a famous architect.
... Norman Cousins published a book, "Anatomy of an Illness," describing how he added laughter as part of his treatment to relieve a painful condition.
Question 5 of 20
Cortisol and epinephrine are stress hormones.
... Studies have shown that bouts of laughter trigger a decrease in the level of stress hormones, such as cortisol and epinephrine.
Question 6 of 20
Laughter has no impact whatsoever on blood pressure levels.
... Among its many other benefits, laughter has been shown to lower or balance blood pressure levels.
Question 7 of 20
Renin-angiotensin is the world's first comedy duo.
... The renin-angiotensin system is the system that helps regulate blood pressure in the body.
Question 8 of 20
Immunoglobulin A is the punch line to a great knock-knock joke.
... Salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA) is an antibody that seems to increase with laughter.
Question 9 of 20
There's no such thing as natural killer cells.
... Shocking, but true: Natural killer (NK) cells, a type of white blood cell, attack virus and tumor cells.
Question 10 of 20
When it comes to burning calories, laughing 100 times is equivalent to 10 minutes of skipping.
... While no studies have been done on laughter and skipping, 10 minutes on a rowing machine or 15 minutes on a stationary bike equals laughing about 100 times.
Question 11 of 20
If you're in laughter therapy, your therapy group thinks your issues are pretty funny.
... People looking to reduce their stress, relieve pain and boost their immune system have begun to use laughter therapy in their treatment.
Question 12 of 20
The book "Anatomy of an Illness" was published in 1875.
... Norman Cousins' bestselling book, "Anatomy of an Illness," was published in 1979.
Question 13 of 20
Laughter can help fight viruses and infection.
... Since laughter keeps stress hormones under control, the immune system is able to flourish.
Question 14 of 20
The endothelium is located near your hypothalamus.
... The endothelium, the tissue lining your blood vessels, tends to expand during bouts of laughter, allowing for better blood flow.
Question 15 of 20
Laughter is a great way to cope with pain.
... Laughter may help ease pain and our tolerance level by releasing endorphins.
Question 16 of 20
Laughter yoga involves making fun of people who can't perform the lotus pose.
... Laughter yoga uses various techniques to get enthusiasts laughing, inducing healthful effects.
Question 17 of 20
We become less anxious when we laugh.
... Laughter reduces aggression, anxiety, stress and tension. And it's free!
Question 18 of 20
People tend to laugh less when they're in social situations.
... People are 30 times more likely to laugh in social situations than if they're alone.
Question 19 of 20
Laughing helps your respiratory system.
... Laughing changes normal breathing patterns. This can lead to coughing or hiccupping, which helps to loosen phlegm and clear airways.
Question 20 of 20
Clown doctors are physicians who never made it to medical school.
... Many "clown doctors" are trained entertainers who work with medical staff to ease patients' fears.
When you're surrounded by cubicles and concrete, it's easy to forget that we live on a planet packed full of breathtaking natural beauty, so take a trip with us as we explore 10 of the very best the Earth has to offer.
From The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show to the latest breaking news, TV makes more memories than there are viewers. Here are 10 of the most talked-about broadcasts in television history.