"To the laughter of the stars, which is especially indicated by their rays, they laugh at
everything under the heavens upon the earth." Ficino evidenced the human custom of congratulation: to wish joy by laughter.(63)
Common sense and a growing body of medical literature tell us that the ability to laugh at
life is one of the most effective ways to maintain a positive attitude and, in turn, stay healthy.
The funny walk, slapstick, the Cooper hat, Belly laughs, grins, the court jester, Ribald humour, Bobby Thompson, little waster, Little Billy Fane the hilarious wee titch, Spike Milligan, Benny Hill's chasing glitch, Wise and pithy Stephen Fry, Churchill's prose, Limericks, shaggy dogs, political verbose, We even find time to laugh at
ourselves, Needing release from life's troubled ills, So good for the soul, raising spirits, letting go, If you didn't smile you'd probably blow, The best comedy is usually about nowt at all, Incomprehensible nonsense, a stumble or fall, They say ifs the best medicine in the world, You know you want to, go on have a ball, Best of all in our peculiar human race, If you hear a laugh a smile appears on your face.
Dr Wiseman is keen to discover whether men and women laugh at
different things, if there is a north/south divide when it comes to comedy, and whether age makes a difference.