- Overall, laughter is universally well-tolerated, but caution is advised in patients with specific health conditions. It’s a valid therapeutic ally in healing and complementary to other established therapeutic strategies.
- Choosing to laugh even in the face of adversity is simple, just not always easy. You don’t need to feel good or have a sense of humor. It’s a personal choice.
- The best way to talk about the science of laughter is to share your experience, not preach a personal perspective based on questionable research findings. How has laughter benefited you in your life?
- There is no need to fake or force anything or make yourself or others laugh when it comes to intentional laughter. Choose and allow yourself to laugh simply because you can, using whatever energy you have available at any particular moment. If you try explaining this to someone else and they don’t understand it, then accept it and move on. You can’t force someone to be happy, either.
- Laughter Wellness is a whole-person well-being workout filled with laughter but all about wellness. You don’t have to be funny or feel good to participate or facilitate it.
This lesson has two recommended homework. Completing both will take you a minimum of one hour.
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Here are two exercises I recommend you do before starting the next lesson. Take your time. There is no rush. Remember that what you learn quickly, you forget quickly!
Reflect on the following questions, and write down as much as you can remember about what happened for each using the following format:
|Before / Conflict
||After / Resolution
|Describe how the challenge, conflict, or pain you experienced made you feel and negatively impacted your life physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, or even spiritually before you experienced a shift with laughter.
||Describe how the laughing that you experienced occurred. What happened? Why laugh if you were feeling bad?
||Describe what changed in your life after the laughter. Was this experience short-lived? Did it happen again with similar benefits?
Here are the questions:
- Have you ever felt physically better after laughing, e.g., a time when you were experiencing pain, somehow laughed, and the pain was reduced or disappeared. Or maybe times when laughter helped you heal faster.
- Have you ever felt less stressed or uptight or gained more mental clarity after laughing?
- Have you ever felt less sad, down, or depressed after laughing?
- Has laughter ever helped you make, mend, or deepen relationships?
- Have you ever felt at peace with yourself, others, and the world after laughing?
Describe in writing how each of the following exercises work (watch the video if you have forgotten). You will be able to compare yours with our own definitions in the next lesson 😀. Inviting people to copy your movements when you teach simply is not always enough. Learn to describe what you do physically in words and as clearly as you can!
In Lesson Two, you will learn how Laughter Wellness interventions are structured and how to teach them to the general public.