I've just found this which suggests that laughter can help to control weight loss. If only it were that simple, that reading George Osborne's speeches, or the SNP Guide to Budgeting would have me in a size 12 before the year was out.
But what if it were true? What would be the laughter equivalent of superfoods to boost weight loss? Clearly, humour is very much in the eye of the beholder. Believe it or not, there are some people who find Roy Chubby Brown funny. I haven't yet forgiven my sister for giving me one of his videos one Christmas, many years ago. She watched him one day and now completely takes my point.
The things which never fail to make me laugh are:
Working with Andrew Reeves because he's one of these people who instinctively knows how to inspire and motivate a team by making them laugh.
Any television appearance by Claudia Winkelman. The woman is just adorably bonkers.
The episode of Friends where everybody finds out about Monica and Chandler "but they don't know that we know that they know that we know.........."
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Any Ben Elton rant about Thatch from the 80s - Saturday Night Live with his ill-fitting glittery suit was wonderful
The episode of Blackadder 2 with the Puritan relations in one room and the drunken party in the other
Virtually any Billy Connolly stand-up.
Unfortunately, any weight loss programme requires self discipline, deprivation, portion control, and if anyone tells you they can do it without being hungry some of the time then they are lying. It doesn't put you in the best mood for laughter.
There was an article on BBC Breakfast this morning where they were saying that half an hour's laughing can be as good for you as half an hour's weightlifting. I will probably just stick to the laughing. Now, where's that Bridget Jones DVD.......