Boosting your immune system

Over the weekend, the Providence Journal reprinted an article by two doctors, Kay Judge and Maxine Barish-Wreden, on how we can help prevent or minimize the effects of colds. Two of the recommendations are increasing exercise and laughter.

Here are some books, audios and videos that may help you ward off that winter cold:

For exercise, check out my blog on Wii Fit for a clickable link to resources in our catalog.

If you like fantasy or science fiction, Robert Asprin’s Myth series, Terry Pratchett, Piers Anthony and Douglas Adams will keep you laughing.

If you have a darker sense of humor, try Christopher Moore, Christopher Buckley,

Jennifer Crusie‘s romances and Janet Evanovich‘s mysteries are always funny.

There are several funny essayists: David Sedaris, Dave Barry, and Garrison Keillor.

British TV’s series are in a comedy class by themselves: As Time Goes By, Mapp and Lucia, Jeeves and Wooster, Vicar of Dibley. You can also try some of these series in books: Mapp and Lucia and Jeeves.

There are many, many funny movies — something to fit everyone’s taste. Here are some suggestions from two websites, toptenreviews and

Modern Times (1936)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Manhattan (1979)
Top Hat (1935)
Time Bandits (1981)
Christmas Story, A (1983)
Court Jester, The (1956)
Truman Show, The (1998)
Duck Soup – (1933)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – (1975)
Airplane! – (1980)
Blazing Saddles – (1974)
What’s Up, Doc? – (1972)
National Lampoon’s Animal House – (1978)
A Night At The Opera – (1935)
The Odd Couple – (1968)
Princess Bride – (1987)

And any movie by Mel Brooks or Ernst Lubitsch.