Off Topic #5: Why comedy is the secret ingredient to life

There have been those times in the day…week…month…where if you didn’t laugh you would cry, and those times where completely forget the mundane and downright boring because of the one HILARIOUS situation that happened during the day. Its that laugh that makes you feel better.

It has actually been scientifically proven that laughter can actually helps improve health is 4 ways:

  1. It relaxes the whole body! One hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  2. Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  3. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  4. Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.(information sourced from )

Come on! I bet 9 times out of 10 if a friend/relative suggested a choice between watching a horror film or a comedy film, comedy would win every time.

People enjoy having a laugh.

I mean let’s look at some examples of some of my favorite comedies and why they make me ROFL…

Team America (2004)

Team America

At what point were you not smiling during any of that movie?

At what point during a funny part of your day did the songs from this film not creep into your head about America (“Fuck, yeah!”)  or about any film with a montage (…”Even Rocky had a montage!”…) or being lonely (…”So wone’wey”…). It’s a film like this that some parts you really do cringe and think are they allowed to do that, but at the same time you are holding your hand over your mouth and your belly laughing.  Matt Stone and Trey Parker really created a corker with this one! Any touch of melancholy would be cured with this flick.

Me, Myself and Irene (2000)


There is no area of jokes or sarcasm that this film doesnt touch upon including masterbation, rascism, stereotypes, death, midgets, and the monument of the story; split-personality. Stress induced trauma (through the realisation that his beloved wife had done the dirty, not once, not twice, but three times…with a black guy..and tried to pass off the children as Charlie’s) causes devoted husband, father and Police officer Charlie Baileygates to become unhinged and his alter ego persona emerges in the character of Hank. There is much in this film that you won’t laugh at, even moments where you thought you probably shouldn’t laugh…but you do.

Knocked Up (2007)


An all to understood situation within modern life that in reality is no laughing matter, especially when the person you do the dirty with is someone you would never come into contact with…even by accident, simply because of the devil liquid…Booze! All of the pivotal points of the film touch upon the main stages of sed situation: Discovery of pregnancy “You sounded like Jabba Dying!”, informing the unsuspecting father “I’m Pregnant…” “….With Emotion?!”, panic , realisation, and of course parenthood. Bringing comedy to a disastrous and life changing situation is a good way for it to remind us that no matter what life throws at us that having a laugh is SOOOO much better than dwelling on the negative things.

So its actually scientifically proven that we would be much happier and healthier if we all just lightened up a bit and have a laugh a bit more.

Go on try it!





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