Laughter 23rd Day

by Administrator 23. January 2011 03:33

 

 

 Rain, rain …go away…... Frown 

It seems, today’s forecast is definitely”cloudy with a chance of meatballs”…. I think, I could use some laughter today….

Comedy (from Greek komoidia) was one of the three dramatic forms in the theatre of classical Greece. Beginning of it, dates from 480 BC and not only, that Greeks produced many lasting comedies but also cast the molds for many Roman, Elizabethan and modern comedies.

Comedy was one of the four “types” of literature, defined by philosopher Aristotle.  He described literature as a mimesis or imitation of life. Aristophanes , a dramatist of the ancient Greek Theatre wrote 40 comedies…..11 survived and ……still are being performed…!!! The origin of comedy is not very well known because it was not treated seriously from its inception, though comedy has its own Muse – Thalia.

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion.  I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward."  ~Kurt Vonnegut …..

Humor , laughter, comedy  puzzled people for the long time, but despite its prominence in everyday, there is not much research how and why we laugh. Geotology is the study of laughter and its effects on the body.  

Laughter is powerful antidote for stress, pain, conflict. It’s been acknowledge for hundreds of years that “laughter is the best medicine”…it can even strengthen your immune system ,improves function of blood vessels,triggers the release of endorphins,relieves tension and stress from muscles and brings greater happiness.

 

 It connects you with the others, helps with social interactions ,even gives you a good “workout” according to  William Fry ( one of the pioneers in laughter research), who claimed it took 10 minutes on rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter……

I  guess no reason for me , yet …to stop exercising all together...but next time I am feeling “lazy”…I am staying in bed……. Laughing ...    

Personally, I love to laugh and keep my sense of humor alive...why not..? If it makes you feel good, that’s enough reason to laugh…After all…who needs a prescription..?

There is actually Laughter Yoga , viewed as an exercise and therapy with various benefits. Also in 1995  Indian physician, Dr. Madan Kataria started Laughter Yoga Club with just 5 people. Today there is more then 6000 clubs in 60 different countries.

 

Laughter gives us distance.  It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.  ~Bob Newhart

That’s probably at least 50 % of reason why I laugh…I’d rather view my life as a comedy then tragedy…. Then, learning to laugh at yourself is a double wham, not only that you are laughing but at the same time teaching your  ego not to take yourself too seriously…and become pompous, all knowing and afraid of making mistakes.

Dr. Martin Seligman is world-renowned founder of positive psychology. This new branch focuses on study of positive emotions. His researched showed, that through  positive emotions it's possible to be happier – to feel more satisfied, fully participating in life, finding meaning and hopes. Also, you are able to laugh and smile more often, regardless of circumstances .Positive psychology can decrease depression symptoms.

So, laugh often… watch funny movies, befriend humorous people, find humor and amusement in everyday ‘bloopers”, notice satire of life around you , take laughing yoga class , spend time with kids …giggling your way through the day…make laughing wrinkles on your face….be happy….

I hope, I convinced couple of you to laugh a little more without feeling silly….if not ...then…..

“Laughter is an orgasm triggered by the intercourse of sense and nonsense”.  ~Author Unknown

 

Can’t argue with that 

Have a good laugh ….Wink

 

 

 

 

 

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The Little Prince

"People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for..."

"They don't find it," I answered.

"And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."

"Of course," I answered.

And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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