That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1.
According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.
"In a way," explained Prof. Boskin, "it was a very serious day. In those times fools were really wise men. It was the role of jesters to put things in perspective with humor."
“Laughter increases blood flow and improves the function of blood vessels,” “Reducing stress is especially beneficial for persons who have hypertension (high blood pressure).” —Dr. Vivienne Halpern, from the Society for Vascular Surgery
“Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones (cortisol, epinephrine, dopamine, and growth hormone) and increases the level of health-enhancing hormones (endorphins and neurotransmitters),” “This can result in a stronger immune system and fewer physical effects of stress.” —Dr. Vivienne Halpern, from the Society for Vascular Surgery
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