In a bizarre twist, I was looking for information on the “Laughter Yoga” movement and happened upon presentation notes (click for link) from a couple who must have faces like lemon eaters and attitudes to match.
Before we enter into this couple’s work, let me say I just attended a Laughter Yoga workshop and you never hurt quite that much doing anything as laughing for fifteen minutes. Afterward, I felt closer to the people around me and we had a wonderful conversation for several hours afterwards. But evidently, it was all in my mind.
According to the “lemon-eaters,” I couldn’t possibly have felt better, I just thought I did. “These results suggest that, although high humor individuals do not seem to have objectively better health, they are somewhat more subjectively satisfied with their health.”
and more likely to be obese.”
My goodness, it’s horrible, this laughter. An addiction I tell you! Quick, join the LA (Laughers anonymous).
But it’s also a terrible use of medical resources, didn’t you know? “Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky has a player piano, humorous books, cartoon albums, and Nintendo game sets for patients and family members to use together.”
Dreadful, dreadful, all this family time and joyful material. Don’t those parents know that laughter can make their children obese? They should be very careful putting the material in a hospital, because: “People have individualized senses of humor, and what makes one person laugh might annoy or insult someone else.”
But do not fear, the lemon eaters have already lost. “Almost every major hospital in the United States now uses clowns, pets, clergy, and humor intervention as a regular part of their care systems.” Really, I don’t recall clowns or dogs available in the local ER.
And what are we to make of the inclusion of “clergy” into the above statement. Are religious ministers inherently funny? I think adding in clergy gives the lemon eaters a much broader “threat” than if they just included hospitals that had clowns. I think the clergy were there before the laughter movement took hold. The tip off here is that the clergy are usually available for condolences for the grieving. I have yet to see one with a red rubber nose and tiny bicycle peddling for the cancer wards.
So what are we to make of the lemon eaters? Evidently someone needs a stooges film festival and a whoopie cushion, STAT!
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- Central Library to Hold Laughter Yoga Session (arlnow.com)
- Refit your company with a GLOWING BOTTOM LINE. (lifesbrilliance.wordpress.com)
- Humor Therapy and Cancer (everydayhealth.com)
- The Power of Humor (omtimes.com)
- Laughter Yoga Is No Laughing Matter (odditycentral.com)
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- The Health Benefits of Laughter (everydayhealth.com)
- Visionkeeper – Life’s Tough! Laugh… – 14 June 2012 (lucas2012infos.wordpress.com)
- In excess ……… (mindmindful.wordpress.com)
- Meet the people who use humor to heal. (psychologytoday.com)
- Laughter Yoga, 20 minutes a day…And how it CAN Improve The Bottom Line In Business! – Ecademy (lifesbrilliance.wordpress.com)
- Polarizing Moon (yogacarechallenge.wordpress.com)
- Have a Laugh (healthywealthyhq.com)
- Laughter Yoga (opheritage.wordpress.com)
- World Laughter Day! (realmanure.wordpress.com)