This month’s word is gelotology.

It’s the study of laughter and its psychological and
physiological effects on the body.

Laughter helps reduce stress and releases
endorphins—chemicals which make us feel happy. Laughter can help relieve pain.

Research shows that the old adage “Laughter is the
best medicine” is no joke. Perhaps it’s a bit of an exaggeration. Laughter may
not be the best medicine. But it certainly is the most fun.

In the 1960s, scientists began to seriously study
laughter Much of the early work was pioneered by William F Fry of Stanford

The field of gelotology was the inspiration for the
1998 movie Patch Adams. Although the movie was a flop, the idea behind it was a

Make someone laugh. It will be good for both of you.