• Ally G.

Laughter Is No Joke!

It is a way of life to cultivate health and happiness.

Old Woman Laugh Portrait Wrinkled Skin Elderly Tri Le/ Pixabay

'With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.'
—William Shakespeare

When was the last time you had a good belly laugh?

It's true! It is hard to laugh at this difficult time but we all need some humor in our lives as many studies have shown that a good laugh is the best pill for any mental or physical illness.

People have forgotten to laugh due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, they frequently fall sick or develop a mental health issue. Therefore, it is necessary and even essential to laugh more often to be happy and maintain good health.

Practicing laughter is a big challenge but it has been scientifically proven that "Laughter is the best medicine" because it triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals.

Laughter is a sound that does not have any language and the study of humor and laughter is called Gelotology. It is also the psychological and physiological study of laughter. The origin word comes from the Greek gelos, geloto meaning a laugh, laughter, laughing. And a gelotologist is a person who specializes in gelotology.


Laughter is a serious scientific study

Human beings are not the only ones laughing, as researchers have found that there is much more laughter in the mammalian kingdom than in us humans.

Lion and a little girl laugh Sarah Richter/Pixabay

There are some species, like most mammals, from chimpanzees to dogs, that can laugh as well. They demonstrate vocalizations that sound similar to human laughter.

4 Scientific Benefits of laughter:

1.Laughter improves your mood, reduces stress, and strengthens your immune systems.

2. Laughing burns calories – laughter is sometimes referred to as

"inner jogging".

3.It has been estimated that laughing 100 times is equal to 10 minutes of exercise on a rowing machine.

4. Studies have shown that even a "fake” laughing can release endorphins and elevate your mood.

5. Laughter plays a crucial role in every culture across the world as a great human connector. As it is international, we can recognize laughter even if it is produced by someone from a different culture.

According to Freud, "laughter allows people to let off steam or release pent-up “nervous energy.”

Long before science began to search for positive physiological benefits of laughter, people have intuitively known about the power of this gift.

A cheerful heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit makes one sick. —Proverbs 17:22

There are even many time-honored common expressions and famous quotes such as "Humanity has unquestionably one really effective weapon – laughter." by Mark Twain, "A good laugh is a sunshine in the house." by the English humourists and Author, William Makepeace Thackeray, and even in Irish folk wisdom, “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in a doctor’s book of remedies.”

Why do we laugh?

The answer leads us to a journey into the very heart of trying to understand human nature and the evolutionary origins of laughter are rooted more in survival than enjoyment.

Laughter is a social tool and rooted deep within our brains.

Researchers have found that this increased voice control, made possible as our brains became more complex, and was essential to the development of our language.

Observations show that there are several reasons for our laughter; because our brains make us because we feel like it, or because we want to fit in socially.

All these reasons were found to be true.

Laughter therapy

A good dose of hearty laughter can boost our immune system as well as our heart rate, giving us the same feeling as after a great workout.

Laughter therapy is a new form of treatment being practiced in several hospitals worldwide. It strengthens the immune system, which helps fight disease and helps patients cope with painful and difficult situations. Humor lets them put their problems in perspective.

Laughter also helps us release negative emotions which, if bottled up, can have negative physical effects on our bodies.

So, beware: laughter may be hazardous to your illness!

Clown doctors

Many hospitals around the world see value in a new form of patient care, a therapy called 'medical clowning' that is gaining ground.

This involves clowns engaging with patients to ease the anxiety that comes with a hospital experience and promote optimism in grim wards such as the Pediatric Oncology ward.

A clown is like aspirin, only he works twice as fast.
~ Groucho Marx/ The famous comedian

A wonderful movie, 'Patch Adams', released in 1998, starring Robin Williams, was based on the true story of a real doctor, Dr. Patch Adams, a heroic man, and his lifelong quest to change America's health care system. He ventured where no doctor had ventured before, treating patients using humor.

You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.
~ Patch Adams

Ways to bring more laughter into your life

● Make a resolution and set a goal of laughing heartily as often as you can.

● Include laughter in your morning routine.

● Smile More during the day.

● Be around positive people who invite good reasons to laugh.

● Watch your favorite comedian show or a good comedy.

The value of laughter in business

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” – Mark Twain

Several studies have shown the great benefits of laughter at work. Laughter affects your employees' health and lifts your team’s spirits. It also reduces stress and anxiety, soothes tension, helps as an ice breaker to create bonds with others, and deal with difficult situations.

Laughter has also been shown to boost productivity and promote creativity from being in a more relaxed state.

In addition, when people laugh at the same thing, it brings them closer together as people tend to bond more effectively in a positive environment where interpersonal relationships are fun.

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Laughter Yoga is a new revolution that has helped thousands of people and businesses worldwide to cope with stress and cultivate happiness.

Laughter Yoga is cost-effective and the fastest way to release tension as its technique is simple and everyone can practice it. To become a Laughter Yoga Teacher, first, you must be certified.

An Australian business found out, after one-month research, that employees felt an instant positive effect of Laughter Yoga. They reported an increase in job satisfaction and workplace wellbeing.

The study shows promise for Laughter Yoga as an effective intervention to improve the work environment.

The Laughter Guru, Dr. Madan Kataria says, "My experience with Laughter Clubs worldwide taught me that people were definitely deriving health benefits from Laughter Yoga exercises."

Remember that it's always fun to work with someone who smiles at you and not with someone whose face is as sour as a lemon.

Laugh on demand

There are lots of sources, articles, and videos that show you how you can practice laughter at home like, 100 Laughter Yoga Exercises Video OR

6 Quick Laughter Yoga Exercises. Join online and just start laughing at home for no reason!

Laughter is a gift of nature

In recent years more and more people are looking for natural health remedies. They found that laughter is the most natural remedy for physical pain, emotional, loss, sadness, and stress. It is also the best anti-stress drug as our Western society seems to have in large quantities.

Laughter and humor are a way of life that you should adopt in your personal and professional life for the sake of your physical and mental health and for the health of those around you.

This day, and every single day, is the best time to take laughter more seriously.

So, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud:)

Keep Laughing,