It has been said that laughter is the best medicine, however, current research may beg to differ for people with COPD. A new, U.S. study suggests that while laughter may have many health benefits, people with COPD who laugh too much are at risk for reduced lung function.
Study results revealed that people with COPD who had a great sense of humor and laughed a lot:
- Were less likely to suffer from bouts of depression and anxiety.
- Had fewer respiratory illnesses in the month before the study.
- Had lower lung function after watching a 30-minute comedy video and laughing a lot than those who watched a video about home repair and did not laugh.
The study concludes that while laughter may have its benefits, the behaviors associated with it may not be good for people all the time.
That said, I am dying to know what you think about this. My personal opinion: If I had to go a day without laughter, I think I would rather jump off a bridge. What do you think?