Saturday, December 6, 2008

From Time Magazine: Laughter is Contagious--So Let's Spread Some Saturday Cheer

Respectable negroes love laughter--ultimately because sometimes one has to laugh to keep from crying. It seems our instincts have been right all along, as new research demonstrates the contagious and positive effects of humor. From Time Magazine:

Laugh and the World Laughs with You

by Alice Park

Ever wonder whether happy people have something you" don't, something that keeps them cheerful, chipper and able to see the good in everything? It turns out they do — they have happy friends.

That's the conclusion of researchers from Harvard and the University of California at San Diego, who report in the British Medical Journal online that happiness spreads among people like a salubrious disease. Dr. Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler studied nearly 5,000 people and their more than 50,000 social ties to family, friends and co-workers, and found that an individual's happiness is chiefly a collective affair, depending in large part on his or her friends' happiness — and the happiness of their friends' friends, and even the friends of their friends' friends. The merriment of one person, the researchers found, can ripple out and cause happiness in people up to three degrees away. So if you're happy, you increase the chance of joy in your close friend by 25%; a friend of that friend enjoys a 10% increased chance. And that friend's friend has a 5.6% higher chance...

The story continues here.


As a public service some things that always make us laugh:

Chapelle in Knee High Park:

Sanford and Son go to jail on a porno rap:

Family Guy, sex, and the nonsense that is abstinence and ear sex:

Chef from South Park's Chocolate Salty Balls:

The Three Stooges--Damn ghost:

Richard Pryor on the illusions we men folk have about our "manhood":

Cleaveon Little and the Black man's kryptonite from Blazing Saddles:

Laughter is good for the soul!

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