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Humor and Aging Well, a Symbiotic Relationship!

Sometimes I am just a stick in the mud, so to speak.  People talk about using feng shui, crystals, past life regression, wave feathers and sage smoke in order to have a more balanced life. Personally, I just don’t get it.  I admit these things are not based on my idea of logic and reason, but they do seem to work for a lot of people. However, I am not and will not become one of them!

I have talked about humor and its role as we age. Its importance cannot be underestimated. While we enjoy comedies (think Hollywood and Carol Burnett) consider one of the longest running comedy programs, America’s Funniest Videos, which has been on the air with few interruptions since 1989.  For a good reason, we enjoy the physical comedy arising from accidents or mishaps.  A popular part of the show is the inclusion of babies and animals as part of the repartee…

There is lowbrow humor and highbrow humor. Each to their own, I suppose! The laughter that we derive from these shows actually can have a healthy impact on our bodies.  But what happens when there is no handy humor that can bring us to a healthy place?

We turn to the use of artificially induced or voluntary laughter, of course.  Tracing its roots to the work of Indian physician Madan Kataria, it has been used to help people since 1995.  As of 2011, there are more than 8,000 Laughter Clubs in 65 countries. Each club has as its leader, a Laugh Captain, and operates independently.

Thanks to viewer JA for bringing this form of therapy to my attention.  If humor is so important to our bodies, then perhaps this form of therapy can help in the absence of other forms of humor.

It just might be something I need to look at…


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