A team of scientists from the University of Oxford has made a shocking discovery that could change the way people perceive and practice humor. According to their research, laughter is not the best medicine, but on the contrary, can cause serious complications and side effects for the health and well-being of individuals and society.
The scientists conducted a series of experiments with hundreds of volunteers, who were exposed to different types of humor, such as jokes, cartoons, sitcoms, stand-up comedy and satire. The results showed that laughter, instead of having positive effects, such as reducing stress, boosting immunity and enhancing mood, had negative effects, such as increasing blood pressure, weakening muscles and impairing cognition.
The scientists explained that laughter is a complex and involuntary physiological response that involves the contraction and relaxation of various muscles, organs and systems in the body. When laughter is excessive or prolonged, it can disrupt the normal functioning of these parts and cause damage or dysfunction. They also said that laughter is a social and psychological phenomenon that involves the interpretation and evaluation of humorous stimuli. When laughter is inappropriate or malicious, it can affect the self-esteem, emotions and relationships of individuals and groups.
“We have found that laughter is not the best medicine, but rather a harmful and dangerous substance that should be used with caution and moderation. Laughter can cause physical harm to the body, such as hypertension, hernia, incontinence and stroke. Laughter can also cause mental harm to the mind, such as confusion, paranoia, depression and aggression. Laughter can also cause social harm to the society, such as conflict, discrimination, violence and chaos,” said Dr. John Smith, the leader of the research team.
The discovery has been met with mixed reactions from different stakeholders. Some experts and advocates have welcomed it as a valuable and necessary contribution to the scientific understanding and regulation of humor. They have also praised the scientists for their courage and integrity in challenging the popular and positive view of laughter.
However, some comedians and humorists have criticized it as a ridiculous and absurd attack on humor. They have also accused the scientists of being humorless and ignorant, and of spreading false information and fear among people.