PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 January, 2007, 12:00am


Some studies around the world have shown that laughing:

lowers blood pressure

reduces stress hormones

increases muscle flexion

boosts immune function

Laughter raises levels of infection-fighting cells, disease-fighting proteins and disease-destroying endorphins (body's natural painkillers) and produces a general sense of well-being.

List five things that made you laugh






Laughter is contagious!

Match the synonyms for a laugh

1. Chuckle (chuhk-uhl)

2. Giggle (gig-uhl)

3. Cackle (kak-uhl)

4. chortle (chawr-tl)

a. To laugh with repeated short, spasmodic sounds

b. To laugh softly or amusedly, usually with satisfaction

c. To chuckle gleefully

d. To utter a shrill cry, sometimes sounding like a hen

Find photographs in this week's South China Morning Post that make you smile or laugh.

A common idiom

'Laughter is the best medicine'

means that it is good for your physical and mental health to laugh.

We even laugh when we send text messages on our mobile phones or have online chats. LOL is short for 'Laugh out loud'.

Jokes can make you laugh

A girl comes home from her first day at school. Mother asks: 'What did you learn today?' The girl

replies: 'Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow.'

Teacher: 'I said to draw a cow

eating some grass but you've only drawn the cow!' Student: 'Yes, the cow ate all the grass!'

A little girl had just finished her first week of school. 'I'm wasting my time,' she said to her mother. 'I can't read, I can't write - and they won't let me talk!'

Write down two jokes that make you laugh and share with a friend to test how he/she reacts.