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? Continue reading
Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine? Yes. Thank You for Asking.
When you laugh, you feel better. Obviously. Humor and laughing and having a good time with your pals, all of this tends to fall under the larger category of “feeling good.” We can all agree on that, right? Well the next logical conclusion to draw, or hypothesis to work out (that may be closer to the truth), sounds something like — “Can laughing actually contribute to my total picture of bodily health?” We say yes. Hands down. But don’t take it from us.
Here is a rundown of everything we could find on the Internet to corroborate the intimate, healthy, undeniable connection between your good health, and the amount of the day (and your life!) that you spend laughing. Continue reading
Can Hiring a Professional “Laugher” Improve One’s Health?
Obviously, we laugh when we feel good, and laughing inevitably makes us feel better, so which one exactly comes first? Are they inseparable? Is one truth actually greater than the other? Scientists are starting to research laughing, and they’re coming up with some interesting answers.
According to a recent article in the NY Times, there’s a lot to think about here. According to the articles main subject, Robin Dunbar (an evolutionary psychologist at Oxford), “the answer […] is not the intellectual pleasure of cerebral humor, but the physical act of laughing. The simple muscular exertions involved in producing the familiar ha, ha, ha, […] trigger an increase in endorphins, the brain chemicals known for their feel-good effect.] Continue reading