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A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.

Madeleine L’Engle

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Good morning everyone, I am semi-back after my medical day yesterday. After a series of tests in the hospital they determined I am suffering from Lumbar Stenosis, which in non-medical terms is – “Boy I bet that hurts a lot.” And you know what, it does. So today I am on steroids and narcotic pain pills.

The good news, besides getting a lot of sympathy, is that we can now work out a plan to minimize the impact on my activities. I am learning that growing old gracefully is more an art than a science, I just wish sometimes that I was getting less practice. At least I have an excuse to spend more time with the good folks.

While I probably won’t be dancing the jig with you at Octoberfest I will be watching and enjoying the antics. In fact I am scheduled to do just that soon on a short river cruise where I will again learn that laughter is great medicine.

Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Whether you’re guiltily guffawing at an episode of “South Park” or quietly giggling at the latest New Yorker cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke. A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data are mounting about the positive things laughter can do.

Short-term benefits

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects

Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long haul. Laughter may:

  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and make you feel happier.


A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.

Irish Proverb


Ken and Melba had finished their breakfast at the retirement home and were relaxing in the library. “You know,” said Melba, “today, in most marriage ceremonies, they don’t use the word ‘obey’ anymore.”

“Too bad, isn’t it?” retorted Ken. “It used to lend a little humor to the occasion.”


Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.


As you know I spend a lot of time with medical professionals, sometimes for treatment and sometimes just for friendship. In order to converse intelligently it is important that I am well versed in the medical jargon. These are the latest words I have learned.

Medical terms?

~ Artery: The study of painting

~ Bacteria: The back door of the cafeteria

~ Barium: What doctors do when their patients die

~ Caesarean Section: A neighborhood in Rome

~ Cauterize: To make eye contact with a girl

~ Fibula: A small lie

~ Nitrates: Cheaper than day rates

~ Outpatient: A patient who fainted

~ Recovery Room: A place to do upholstery

~ Terminal: Where the planes land

~ Urine: Opposite of “you’re out”

~ Vein: To be conceited


“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.”

John Quincy Adams


The hit-and-run victim was just getting to his feet when a policeman ran up to help.

“My mother-in-law just tried to run me over!” the shaken man told the cop.

“The car hit you from behind,” the officer said. “How could you tell it was your mother-in-law?”

“I recognized her laugh!”


Anything is possible, unless it’s not.


Mrs. Jones called the doctor’s office and was met with this response by the secretary. “This is Dr. Whitman’s office.  What would you like to talk about?”

Mrs. Jones was disturbed by this response and replied sarcastically, “I want to order a hamburger with fries.  Why would I call a doctor if I didn’t feel sick?  I’m very sick.  I need to see the doctor.”

“Fine,” replied the secretary, “I can make an appointment for you. Let me see, ahhhh yes, I have an appointment one week from next Friday.”

“Great,” said Mrs. Jones, “I’ll have my mortician drop me off then!”


Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.

Mark Twain


In my sociology class, we were instructed to write down answers to some questions the teacher was asking.  “Next question,” announced the instructor. “How would you like to be seen by the opposite sex?”

I was thinking about my answer when the young woman next to me turned and asked, “How do you spell ‘intellectual?'”


“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”

Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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