John Witherspoon: The Power of Laughter

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Now I know everyone has seen Friday, the movie that has one of my favorite comedians John Witherspoon. His wit and crude humor had my family and me laughing for years, making tough times good and good times better, which is a divine act. For me, laughter is the medicine for depression and many other health issues. Witherspoon knows better than anybody the power of laughing at whatever life throws at you, including an Internet death.

“What the Hell y’all talking bout on Here?!??” Witherspoon first tweeted after a 2012 rumor of him dying started trending. “I ain’t “DEAD” I’m in Ft Lauderdale at the Hard Rock Cafe Gettin dat Paper.”

Ha! The veteran comedian and actor is still making folks laugh, which is all the better for us. Laughter is a natural human emotion that brings people together, invokes happiness and brings stability and balance to your soul, mind, and even body.

A good, hearty laugh relieves the physical tension and stress you may have acquired from work or a rude individual through the release of endorphins, which is the body’s feel good chemical. This leaves your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes, resulting in a better sense of well-being.

Laughter also decreases stress hormones within the body and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease, making you less likely to get sick.

Laughter also improves the function of blood vessels and increases the blood flow, which helps lower the possibility of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.

With all of these amazing perks, there is no wonder funny people are so loved. They are the medical shamans that use their humorous words to heal people, just like John Witherspoon. These comedic entities have the ability to tap into a perspective that allow for others to see the positive in things, when they may often see them in a negative view.

Health for the most apart is determined by the mental views of an individual. People with negative outlooks on life do not find much joy in anything they come across, so in essence, they don’t find much to laugh about and have a hard time lightening up.

Comedians show the world that they should not take everything so seriously, and that it’s ok to joke around. I mean come on; they make a living joking around. And that makes them more powerful and influential than even music artists (if they had the same amount of publicity and exposure).

Oh, and ‘Pops’ is still getting that paper and getting the last laugh. You can catch him these days touring comedy clubs across the country.

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