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Why Laughing Helps

Why Laughing Helps

How often do you laugh? An interesting piece of research was done on the rates of laughing between youngsters and adults. The highest point was 300 laughs a day at age six; at adulthood, on average, it was about 47 times a day.

We can gain a lot by laughing more. Author Norman Cousins, suffering from a severe form of cancer, gave himself an intensive diet of funny films, books, and jokes that provoked laugher day in and day out. He was convinced that the daily dosage of laugher was the cause of the remission of his cancer. Dr. Patch Adams, renowned for his therapeutic successes, uses and describes humor in all its forms for his patients.

What is the key to laughter? How does it heal? Why? Find out, here:

The key to laughter lies in the sound of H.

Although there are many variants in the frequencies of laughter through the attached vowels, it is the initial H and how it is produced that causes its health-giving properties. We all know that if we laugh hard and long enough out sides begin to ache. That is because in order to produce a vigorous H sound, which is on the breath, we have to push those abdominal muscles. The H sound is the essential purifier as the breath is sent upward quite forcefully. As it does, it serves to stimulate the glands and the associated chakras along route.

Come hear Patch Adams at the Imagine! Peace Festival this weekend, September 18th.)

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Adapted from The Healing Power of the Human Voice, by James D’Angelo (Inner Traditions, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by James D'Angelo. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Healing Power of the Human Voice, by James D’Angelo (Inner Traditions, 2005).

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9:17PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

So you know: it takes more muscles to frown than to smile.
If you can get a smile, laughter is on the way.

10:52AM PDT on May 10, 2010

ha ha ha ha ha ha great advice ha ha ha ha ha ha I think that we ALL need to laugh more...why should the little ones have all the fun :-) My grandson makes me laugh, he has the most contagious giggle...I love it! (and him)

11:44AM PDT on Apr 20, 2010

Thank you! I'll save this article, I need to read it at least once a day!

6:54AM PDT on Apr 9, 2010

Life just gets so much more complicated as you grow up, with all of the resposibilities that go along with it. Let this be a reminder to not take everything so seriously and laugh more! I also learned to try to surround myself with people who are more positive...its catchy!

1:59AM PDT on Apr 7, 2010


4:41PM PDT on Apr 2, 2010

I really, really love to laugh. In fact laugh is the primary part of my personality. People who know me can tell you that I am a natural stand up comedian.

11:59PM PDT on Apr 1, 2010

To clarify...I haven't laughed or smiled in a week. TY again.

11:56PM PDT on Apr 1, 2010

TY I need this article.

10:35AM PDT on Apr 1, 2010

thank you

9:32AM PDT on Apr 1, 2010

Kids laugh more because their lives aren't filled with worry adults'.

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