Laughter Is the Best Medicine

“A merry heart does good, like medicine… ~Proverbs 17:22a (NKJV)


Norman Cousins was an American author, political journalist, and professor.  “In 1964 following a very stressful trip to Russia, he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (a degenerative disease causing the breakdown of collagen), which left him in almost constant pain and motivated his doctor to say he would die within a few months. He disagreed and reasoned that if stress had somehow contributed to his illness (he was not sick before the trip to Russia), then positive emotions should help him feel better. With his doctors’ consent, he checked himself out of the hospital and into a hotel across the street and began taking extremely high doses of vitamin C while exposing himself to a continuous stream of humorous films and similar “laughing matter”. He later claimed that 10 minutes of belly rippling laughter would give him two hours of pain-free sleep, when nothing else, not even morphine could help him.”  (From  He recovered and wrote a book called “Anatomy of an Illness” which was made into a movie in 1984, starring Ed Asner.

Two videos on YouTube, although having watched each many times, always make me laugh.  The first is a Cockatoo dancing to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.”  The bird was a rescue whose owners state they never trained him.  The Cockatoo changes his moves during the dance and “works the stage” or, in this case, the top of the chair, a la Freddie Mercury.

Snowball was somehow “discovered” and featured in a Taco Bell commercial:

So apparently “reaction videos” are a thing on YouTube ie. people who are watching a music video/performance for the first time and make a video that captures the reaction.   Many of the reactions are hilarious and it’s a new “genre” I’m watching.  Since the movie came out young people are hearing/watching the songs for the first time and are blown away.  Even though I’m of Queen’s generation and heard “Bohemian Rhapsody” on the radio a lot when it first came out, I’d never seen an album cover, didn’t watch MTV thus never saw any of the videos and had no idea of who comprised Queen and what he or they looked like so if my reaction had been taped, it would likely have been similar to some of them as the music video of BohRhap is a bit trippy in parts.  The following video is the funniest one I’ve seen to date on reacting to the official cover video of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody:”  (NOTE – Quite a bit of “language”)

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February 8, 2019

Wow, just WOW!!!   “”He Be Trippin’~~~!!!!!!!!!!!  As my daughter’s would say. This is very interesting. 🙂 This is just such a wonderful song!!!

@butterfly4him I’ve watched a gazillion reaction videos to this song and some are gems but this guy has me laughing every time.  I like “I don’t know whether to throw my phone at my mama or call my mama and tell her I love her” and “Queen, ya’ll are bipolar.”

February 8, 2019

@czari : YES~!!!! Those 2 comments really stick out, LOL. I forgot to comment, I think, on the dancing bird. LOL. He is a real hoot!! He really GETS DOWN!!! 🙂  Thanks for the giggles today!!