Did You Know There Was Such a Thing as Formalized Laughing?
Well, guess what — there is. That’s right, and not only is it weird, but it also apparently really works. The premise? Laughing makes you healthier. The act of laughing can literally heal your body. According to the official Laughter Therapy website, “Laughter is the human gift for coping and for survival. The power of laughter is unleashed every time we laugh. In today’s stressful world, we need to laugh much more.”
Sure, you say — an official website — so what. If you search hard enough, you’ll find an official website for dirt. What does an official website really have to do with taking a thing seriously? Ok. What about Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Laughing Therapy page? Filed under “alternative therapy,” laughing is taken that seriously, among medical professionals and their associated community. But formalized laughing therapy? Perhaps you’re still skeptical, wondering what it is, how it works, and maybe even where you can go to gauge your own opinion of the phenomenon. And we thought, what better place than a blog associated with Laughing Planet?
About Formalized Laughing Therapy and Laughing Parties
Laughter therapy is also sometimes referred to as humor therapy. In laughter therapy, to put it briefly, an “instructor” or “leader” or some variety uses humor as a means to advance overall bodily health and wellness. According to the Cancer Centers of America site, “It aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort.”
Studies have shown that laughing boosts the immune system, relaxes the body, triggers the release of endorphins, and even protects the heart to some degree. With all this power to heal, some therapists, yoga instructors, and laughing coaches have begun to incorporate laughing into their professional duties.
In some instances, these professional laughers will gather groups of individuals, all professional laughers, and spontaneously begin to laugh together. The effect is supposedly very powerful, and it only takes a few people and a short amount of time to produce something similar to what happens when a person yawns. Eventually, everyone who hears the laughing will begin to smile, and find themselves laughing as well.
Resources & Links to Laughter Therapy Information
Laughter is the Best Medicine: The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter at HelpGuide.org.
Laughter Therapy Enterprises official website.
Tried Laughter Yoga? Learn more at Laughter Yoga International‘s site.
Is Laughter the best medicine? Find out at Humour Therapy now.
Living in PDX, dining at Laughing Planet, and wanting to know more about Portland Laughter Yoga in your neighborhood? Look no further…
From TLC’s official site: What Is Laughter Therapy?
“The Growing Popularity of Laughter Therapy” article on NPR.
Wikipedia page on Gelotology, the study of laughter and its effects on the body.
Videos on Laughter Therapy