Jan 21, 2005

Attitudes gone sour. Posted by Hello
The aesthetics of well-being and Gelotology, the science of laughter: Gelotology is the study of humor and its effects on the human body. Researchers have found that laughter can increase heart rate and hormone production. Laughter can also improve muscle tone and circulation. Recently, another reason why laughter makes us feel good has been discovered by neurologists at Stanford University Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory. They monitored the brain activity of the study participants reading funny cartoons. It was found that humor and laughter triggered the brain's "reward centers," which are the same areas activated by cocaine and amphetamines. That may be why laughter is habit-forming.How Laughter Works-----developing the «Pinocchio Complex» which regards the «gelotophobia» (from Greek gelos=laughter), the fear to be teased or mocked----As I See It: Keep Laughing -----getting serious about laughter ---Gelotology-(root word, gelos (gr) meaning "laughter") is the psychological study of laughter. More and more, scientists are beginning to realize the value of laughter on a physiological level. For instance, laughter reduces levels of certain stress hormones and contributes to overall strengthening of the immune system. As the field of gelotology grows, practicing "laughter clubs" have grown around the world. Hearts lighten, souls lift, the laughter multiplies, but what is a laugh and why I am relating it to The Secret Life of Bees?----

draw: they laughed together

My thanks to UTOPIA PARKWAY for pointing out the existence of the book BLINK, the power of thinking without thinking by malcolm gladwell.

And my friend Jennifer sent me this: THE Pentagon considered developing a host of non-lethal chemical weapons that would disrupt discipline and morale among enemy troops, newly declassified documents reveal.
Most bizarre among the plans was one for the development of an "aphrodisiac" chemical weapon that would make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other. Provoking widespread homosexual behaviour among troops would cause a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale, the proposal says.
Other ideas included chemical weapons that attract swarms of enraged wasps or angry rats to troop positions, making them uninhabitable. Another was to develop a chemical that caused "severe and lasting halitosis", making it easy to identify guerrillas trying to blend in with civilians. There was also the idea of making troops' skin unbearably sensitive to sunlight.


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