“A smile is the shortest distance between two people”- Victor Borge Like love, humor is also difficult to define. However, in the past three decades, medical facilities have begun to take serious notice of the power of humor and the positive emotions associated with it. |
Even in the ancient times, humor was believed to be a tool of therapeutic medicine. Greeks too included some shades of humor in their dramas with laughter balancing the theatrical scale with tragedy.
Although humor is not an emotion but can produce numerous feelings including joy, hope, confidence, mirth and sense of well being. It is this expression of emotions that has healing potential. Thus, laughter when used seriously can serve as a powerful healer to a stressful mind as it diffuses feelings of anxiety, anger and depression.
Laughter therapists today also use humor to dispel internal fears including fear of death, failure, or loss, as well as the fear of the unknown by providing a positive perspective on the situation. Laughter therapy is a widely recognized technique used at laughter clubs to reduce muscle stress. Humor and laughter are used to enhance positive feelings to balance the negative emotions that surface during stressful times. Thus, laughter is known to have tremendous healing qualities that strengthen the mind-body connection.
Have a laugh, feel better and share this positive energy with everyone around you.
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