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Belly laughter as medicine

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There once was a curious frog

Who sat by a pond on a log

And, to see what resulted,

In the pond catapulted

With a water-noise heard round the bog..

(Translated from Basho’s haiku by Alfred H. Marks: see previous post)

. . .

Is nothing sacred?  Basho must be rolling around in his grave from this limerickizing of his famous haiku , although I suspect  it is laughter he is rolling around with…

In 1979,  Norman Cousins bestselling  book Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient anecdotally documented his contention that a patient’s attitude can combat a serious  illness; this was one of the first books on the subject.   Among other things, Cousins would watch Marx Brothers movies to get a belly laugh:

I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep.

Here is a Marx Brothers clip from Youtube:



and here is a new limerick:




A doctor was asked by Descartes

Why his thinking had fallen apart —

Upon looking inside

The doctor replied

Dear Rene–  You must think with your heart! ..



Humor and Health

Norman Cousins

The immune system, diabetes, and laughter




Written by heartcurrents

November 19, 2009 at 6:42 pm

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