LAUGHTER - DRUG OF CHOICE!
Walking through the wild side of town yesterday I took a short cut through a back alley. There I was confronted by a shady looking character who whispered to me: “Hey man, wanna get high? I got some really good stuff. You’re gonna love my punchlines. C’mon, I got all the funny you need - jokes, riddles, cartoons, one liners. Wrap your laughing gear around some of my amusing anecdotes and hilarious witticisms, my friend, and you will be on a humour high that will have your nucleus accumbens jumpin’ for joy!”
This guy was obviously acquainted with the research of Dr. Allan Reiss, director of the Stanford Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory. Reiss and his colleagues were the first to discover that the part of the brain that responds to the enjoyment of humour is the same reward centre that responds to the pleasure of drugs such as methamphetamines and cocaine. No wonder people love to laugh!