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Monday, September 8, 2014

#Merry Monday: A Look at Laughter

Why Humans Laugh Good Day World!                                        

 When I was a newspaper editor I use to look for innovative ways to improve readership.

I discovered people like to read obituaries and letters to the editor. They also liked to look at the cartoon page. Especially in the Sunday edition.

It didn’t take a degree in philosophy for me to figure out people liked to laugh. I made sure to inject my column “As It Stands” with humor whenever possible.

Recently, I took the topic of laughter and broke it up into three categories. Laughter is a versatile subject that deserves a really good look.

The first board - Why Humans Laugh- will give you an excellent understanding of the dynamics of laughter. You may be surprised to learn that most laughter isn’t about humor. Basically, laughter is a social structure, something we do to connect with one another.

You’ll discover the origins of laughter - we laughed before we spoke any language - and why it’s so important to laugh for your health. Have you ever wondered what happens to your body when you laugh? This first board provides a good overview on why humans laugh.

The second board - Meet Animals That Can Laugh- takes you on a tour of the animal kingdom like you never thought about it before. In case you wondered, laughter and joy are not unique to humans. Pet owners can attest to that.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that ancestral forms of play and laughter existed in other animals long before humans began cracking up. There is amble evidence that many mammals make play sounds, including tickle-induced panting.

And wait until you hear the call of a Laughing Kookaburra! This bird’s laughter sounds like a variety of trills, chortles, belly laughs, and hoots. It starts and ends with a low chuckle and has a shrieking "laugh" in the middle.

You’ll be amazed at how many types of animals laugh. Owls, dogs, meerkats, penguins, and even a camel and a dolphin have been observed laughing by researchers. When you check out this board you’ll get the whole list of laughing animals.

In the third, and final board - Why Laughter is the Best Medicine -  you’ll discover  laughter as a meditation and a way of life. The benefits of laughter extend to improving marriages, your overall health, and general happiness.

Witness the positive power of laughter in Cancer therapy groups and why their becoming more common.

We often overlook how important laughter is. It makes us feel good inside and we smile when we hear others laugh. The positive feelings involved in a good chuckle are worth more than money and material things.

I’ll leave you this one last thought; “Laugh to live, live to laugh, and he who laughs last…laughs last!”

Time for me to walk on down the road… 

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