Originally, it was a show-off: showing the enemy his good teeth often preceded real escalation. Meanwhile, humanity laughs for pleasanter reasons - and incidentally, this "jogging from the inside" not only amazingly healthy, but also as effective as 45 minutes of relaxation training.
You know the symptoms: your diaphragm is jumping, the pulse is racing, about 300 muscles are active. Their pupils enlarge, the fingertips become moist and the leg muscles relax. They breathe out at a good 100 km / h and very deep again. It's about sports or even about sex?
Far from it: We are talking about laughter, the research topic of gelotology (from Greek: "gelos" = laughter). Around 200 psychologists, immunologists, neurologists and stress researchers around the world deal with the positive effects of laughter on the body, mind and soul.
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A spontaneous hilarity does the whole organism well: It activates the body's immune system, stimulates the metabolism, improves the circulation of the heart and lungs, reduces the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels, relaxes the muscles and intensifies blood circulation,
Even the sensation of pain is significantly reduced. And finally, laughter promotes concentration, frees you from fears and puts you in a good mood!
Laughter is "practical psychotherapy"
The biggest enemy of stress is laughter - because it releases endorphins, which, as happy hormones, counteract the disease-causing stress hormones. But why is it that cheerful people are not only more creative, optimistic and spontaneous, but also happier, less aggressive, more popular and thus socially more successful?
It is not for nothing that laughter seminars for entrepreneurs and their teams are booming. When laughing, the intellect takes a back seat and the right hemisphere is activated. As a result, internal tensions as well as retracted thought patterns dissolve - the mind is free for new perspectives and approaches to solutions.
Clinic clowns make medicine more human
The fact is: In our dissatisfied society too much is thought, but too little laughed. As late as the 1950s, Germans laughed at an average of 18 minutes a day three times as long as today, and while children still laugh up to 400 times a day, adults become more and more humorless every year.
All the more important that the salutary effect of laughter is increasingly used in therapy: for example, by hospital clowns on pediatric wards or even in Alzheimer's patients: clowns "reflect" the emotional state of the patient and make themselves their ally. This form of therapy encourages, means affection and gives life energy.
Laughter clubs cultivate "cheerful meditation"
The trend towards organized laughter comes, for once, not from America but from India. Madan Kataria is the father of the World Laughter movement, in which the healing power of laughter is cultivated on the basis of ancient yoga knowledge. Meanwhile, more than 300, 000 people worldwide meet for this cheerful form of meditation - in Germany alone there are 45 laughing clubs.
By the way, yoga jokes do not joke, but try to rediscover the baseless laughter of childhood through special exercises.