Laughing Science

Feb 6, 2010 by

Laughing Science

“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul”
Yiddish proverb

Laughing Girls

I hold on to the pinpoint luxury of those words.

However, there are people who study the intention behind the subject of those words.

For laughter and laughing have a science all their own. It’s called:

GELOTOLOGY.

That’s right. I realize that sounds more as if it suggests it’s the science of Jell-o or gelatin than the science of laughter. But hey, maybe that’s why they describe a good belly laugh as makin’ ya’ shake like a bowl full of jelly….whatdaya’ think?

So, do Gelotolgists, (that’s a mouthful, huh?) just sit around all day and tell each other really great jokes to see who gets the best laugh on some cool laugh meter, with the winner getting treated to lunch everyday or what?

No, from what I’ve figured out I guess it’s a lot more complex than that.

By now we probably all know the old adage “Laughter is the best medicine.”, if only because the Reader’s Digest told us so. But, Gelotology is a true science committed to substantiating and validating why and how that traditional adage works in our everyday lives. Additionally, it is a science actively involved in the development of beneficial new therapies practicable by not just medical and psychological professionals, but also by individuals in all walks of life who wish to use humor, laughter and joy as a way of assisting others in changing their physical, emotional or psychological well-being.

I found myself quite intrigued. For instance, some of the different therapies include:
“Laughter Clubs”
“Laughing Meditation”, which can be done alone or along with
“Laughter Yoga”
There’s also:
“Humor Therapy”, which is different than,
“Laughter Therapy”, which, of course, is very different than,
“Clown Therapy”…..(which by now, listing these, I rather feel like…)

But, heck, I was havin’ too much fun doin’ this blog to stop chucklin’ long enough to try any of ’em yet! But, what it does make me realize is that there is a whole profession of people who spend their entire days doin’ everything they can to try to make every one of their moments count by helping us find every reason we can to laugh.
I appreciate and applaud their every effort.

Hey, go do something FUN!!!!!

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