In recent research for a new book, Anxious for Nothing, by Max Lucado, "Americans especially know about living in perpetual anxiety. According to one research program, anxiety-related issues are the number one mental health problem among women and are second only to alcohol and drug abuse among men. Stress-related ailments cost the nation $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity. And use of sedative drugs like Xanax and Valium have skyrocketed in the last 15 years. Even students are feeling it. One psychologist reports that the average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s."
My research for the book, The Sense of Humor, indicates laughter and humor are great stress removers and help battle depression. Max Elliot Anderson