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Today I’m re-posting Goodhearted Laughter, because laughter is the best medicine–according to Reader’s Digest.
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Mwa ha ha ha ha. Bwa ha ha ha. Heh heh heh heh heh. Ho ho ho. Tee hee hee. Ha ha ha ha ha. Snort. *Fannie wipes a tear from her eye.*
Greetings funny names fans. In these times of change, sometimes a good belly laugh is required. You’ve heard the saying “laughter is the best medicine.” Tee hee.
Our next guest believed whole-heartedly laughter was the best medicine. Laughter therapist, Dr. Annette Goodheart (1935-2011) started out life an as artist with a paint brush. She re-framed her solitary painter’s life and found more benefits in the art of therapy.
She worked in the field of laughter therapy for eight years before she met fabulously named author, Norman Cousins, who wrote the book, Anatomy of an Illness, As Perceived by the Patient, about his healing from a terminal illness through laughter.
The laughter caught on, Goodheart approached the University of California about a workshop on laughter—laughter ensued. Her work spread to other universities who wanted her to conduct workshops for their hospitals, churches, clubs, welfare departments, etc., teaching the healing power of playful laughter.
The Surgeon General’s warning for laughter could read, “Warning, laughter produces chemicals known to the State of California to be cathartic and make you feel better. Other states of mind may follow.” Hee, hee, hee.
Dr. Goodheart’s Cathartic (laughter) Therapy involved four steps according to an article posted on Laughter Online University paraphrased here:
- Get in touch with your feelings.
- Release those feelings through catharsis (laughter).
- Rethink the situation or experience associated with those feelings, because it’s now become possible through the chemical re-balancing of your body to allow you to think more clearly.
- Take whatever sensible action is appropriate.
If you want to read the full article click here.
Here is Dr. Goodheart at work.
Your mission today: laugh. Heh, heh, heh.
Life is better when you’re laughing. It’s contagious, spread it around. Bwa ha ha. Snort.
*Would someone please pass a tissue?*