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Laugh out loud

Picture this scenario.  Everyone is silent.  Then all of a sudden there is a loud rip-roaring laughter…..HA HA HA HA HA.  This can totally change the mood and the atmosphere.

Laughter is an emotion that brings joy, changes the mood and can lift everyones spirits. Laughter is  considered a visual expression of happiness, or an inward feeling of joy. It may be triggered from hearing a joke, being tickled, or other stimuli. It is in most cases a very pleasant sensation.
Laughter is one medicine that is fun, free and easy to use.  Easy to use – because laughter transcends language and culture.  Everywhere in the world people laugh in the same manner Ha Ha or He He or Ho Ho… but basically the syllables are the same.

Anatomically, laughter is caused by the epiglottis constricting the larynx and the study of laughter and its physiological benefits is called gelotology.

Origins of laughter:
A study of a pygmy chimpanzees in a German zoo found that when it was tickled it combined vocalizations and facial gestures much like those made by human infants. The finding suggests that our laughter could have its origins in primates.
Babies begin to laugh when they are around 2-3 months old.  They usually giggle, laugh and sqeal with pleasure,  especially when you play the peekaboo game with them. And parents wait with anxiety to see their baby start to laugh.

Laughter has immense health benefits:
.. It relaxes the whole body – by relieving physical tension and stress
.. laughter strengthens the immune system
.. laughter helps to release endorphins – which promote an overall sense of well being
.. it improves the function of blood vessels by increasing blood flow and protects the heart from heart attack
… it acts as a body massage. When you laugh from the belly, it gives your organs a thorough shake and it can even bring tears to your eyes

Laughter also has social benefits:
Using humor and laughter in relationships allows you to:
..Be more spontaneous. Humor gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.
..Release inhibitions. Your fear of holding back and holding on are set aside.
..Express your true feelings. Deeply felt emotions are allowed to rise to the surface.

Laughter Yoga:
Madan Kataria introduced a new form of Yoga called Laughter Yoga in 1995, with merely a handful of persons. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 Social Laughter Clubs in about 60 countries.
Here a group of people who may be complete strangers meet and they just smile and laugh together.  And this sets up a very good atmosphere .
Laughter has a domino effect.. it is contagious.   When you see a person laugh heartily it encourages us to ask – What is the joke? And to laugh together

Do you know what makes you laugh out loud?
Is it  a humorous book .. for me PG Wodehouse is irresistible. Or is it a funny movie – The Naked Gun, or a TV show like Friends, Whose line is it anyway?  Or is it a stand up comedy or just listening to jokes? 

In life we are struck by joys and sorrows which can rock our boat.  In such times we can
.. share a happy moment with family and friends to help to lift our spirits
..count our blessings
..look at things from a different perspective

William James the American author said, “We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we are happy because we laugh.”

Here are some interesting reading on laughter:

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  1. April 27, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Nice one.

  2. April 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Completely agree. More people should laugh as laughter is the key to happiness.

    If you are interested in giggling, laughing and making-merry have a look at the blog I write with, “The Daily Segway”. Your source for the non-stories in the world of everything. Their podcast is especially funny.

    You do a great job with your blog and I will be sure to check it out more often.

    • April 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks .. I’ll check out your blog ‘The Daily Segway’ too

  3. August 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    what handsome information and inspiration on humor…

    Thanks for posting.

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