Blog by Associate Colette Parker

Once you start laughing, you start healing.

That is something one of my late mentor’s used to say. He would say “Colette, you will always be able to conquer anything as long as you can continue to laugh in the midst of adversity. Laughter is the best medicine you can have.”

I was reminded of his words recently when I heard a new gospel song by BeBe Winans and Korean Soul called “Laughter Just Like Medicine.”

It turns out that the singers and my beloved mentor (a psychologist and religious brother) are right.

Scientists and researchers say that laughing is medically beneficial. Studies show that laughter boosts the immune system and triggers the release of pleasure-inducing neurochemicals in the brain.

Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increase blood flow; reduces pain and allows toleration of discomfort; and relaxes the body. It creates a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between people and produces a general sense of well-being.

When was the last time you had a good laugh?

Go ahead, take your medicine. Click here to start:


Posted in Associate Blog, News


  1. Thank you, Colette, its a reminder so terribly needed this day given the news. Even the Daily News Cartoonists are getting on board with some great prompts to that end.

  2. Colette, thanks for much for this blog. This will remind me to laugh it off and feel good about it. Just like a medicine it is for sure. I will send the link to all my friends.

  3. Thanks, Colette! So nice seeing you at Rosary last week.
    Great visit.

    I’ll try to remember to take a dose of laugher medicine
    every day. But I’m bad at taking medicine!!!!


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