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LAUGHTER AND POSITIVE ENERGY, CREATIVITY
  • The Importance of Laughter in the Office by Jennifer Cline at Core3 Solutions
    Laughter Helps with:
    • Lowering blood pressure
    • Reducing particular stress hormones
    • Increasing vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
    • Working out the diaphragm, abdomen, respiratory system, face, legs and back
    • Increasing alertness, creativity and memory
    • Increasing memory and learning

  • Stephanie West Allen, J.D. Explores the Gifts of Laughter.

  • Let Positive Triggers Turn on Your Best Self
    by David J. Pollay, Positive Psychology
    researcher, writer, speaker The Momentum Project 

  • From the University College London Professor Julian Evans explores Laughter and Creativity

  • Psychologist Dacher Keltner, UC Berkley includes laughter in the jen ratio.
    "My work as a psychologist—and my life as a father—has led me to believe that a simple fraction can tell us whether or not we’re truly happy. Put aside your justified suspicions for a moment and consider the following ratio--we’ll call it the jen ratio, in honor of the Confucian concept jen, which refers to a multilayered mixture of humanity, benevolence, and kindness not well captured by any word or phrase in the English language...
    In the denominator of the jen ratio place recent actions in which someone has behaved in selfish, malevolent fashion, bringing the bad in others to completion -- the aggressive driver who flips you off as he roars in front of you, pealing away; the disdainful diner in a pricey restaurant who sneers at less well heeled passersby. Above this, in the numerator of the ratio, list recent benevolent acts of others, which brought the good in others to completion – a kind hand on your back in a crowded subway car; the woman who laughs melodiously as a stranger accidentally steps on her foot. The greater the value of the jen ratio, the more humane your world. The smaller the number becomes, the clearer it is that you are living in a Hobbesian, dog-eat-dog world, bloody in tooth and claw."

  • Laughter is examined by Dr. P.M. Forni, Johns Hopkins University in The Other Side of Civility (scroll down to the article) In which the university's expert on all things civil (politely) argues that our good manners aren't just good for others ? they're good for us, too. 

     

  • Laugh and the Whole World Laughs with You:Why the Brain Just Can't Help Itself
    "This response in the brain, automatically priming us to smile or laugh, provides away of mirroring behavior of others, something that helps us interact socially. It could play an important role in building strong bonds between individuals in a group."

  • Men's Health Magazine January 2007 pg 148 Stand out at work. Of course you already put in time, hit your deadlines, dress like a pro, and share your expertise. Right? Then there's just one more thing left to do: SMILE

  • A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age
    by Daniel H. Pink
    "How to survive, thrive and find meaning in an automated,

    outsourced, upside down world.
    To develop the "sense of play" Dan explore's laughter yoga.

 


LAUGHTER AND CONNECTION

LAUGHTER AND HEALTH
  • For the first time, researchers have found that laughter causes the endothelium, the inner lining of blood vessels, to dilate. This increases blood flow which, of course, is good for overall cardiovascular health.The message is clear, and economical.
    "I think it would be reasonable for everybody to loosen up, and spend about 15 to 20 minutes a day laughing," said lead researcher.
    Dr. Michael Miller, M.D. Director of Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center
    Research Paper

  • Dr. Maxine Barish Sutter Medical Foundation California describes benefits of laughing.
    While laughing generally puts us in a good mood, did you know that it can actually have a positive impact on your health?
    Laughter is one of the best ways to relax and distress – it relieves muscle tension and helps cut the levels of stress hormones in the blood, leaving you feeling calmer and more at ease.
    It also provides a good toning workout for your abs, shoulders and cardiovascular system, helping enhance circulation and lower blood pressure. This in turn promotes the circulation of oxygen and nutrients throughout your body.

  • The UK Laughter Network answers the question what is laughter, why is laughter healthy?

  • On page 209 in Everything You Know to Feel Go(o)d Candace B. Pert, Ph.D. writes, "(Jaak) Pankesepp concluded that laughter is a psychological birthright of the human brain, the evolutionary antecedent of human joy..." "Play and laughter are vital to feeling good. ... For you not to be playing and laughing during some part of every day is unnatural and goes against fundamental biochemistry."


  • Malcolm Gladwell writes in Blink pages 206, "Ekman said, "What we discovered is that expression alone is sufficient to create marked changes in the autonomic nervous system."

Dr. Michael Titze
Dear Dr. Titze has there been any research into how many times a day children laugh?

  • Reply from Dr. Titze:
    In 1983 Josef Scheppach started a fine article dealing with the phenomenon of laughter with these words: "It's really not ridiculous: We Germans lose our humor! We laugh only 6 minutes a day. 40 years ago it was, anyhow, 18 minutes ? in a time which has been in every respect less funny!" This has been published in P.M. a (popular) scientific magazine. In a book dealing with humor in psychotherapy (published in 1985) I mentioned this statement of Scheppach in a short sentence. In the following years a countless number of journalists cited my quotation of Scheppach's statement. Eventually, even the London Times published it.
    Since 1996 1 have organized conducted several international congresses dealing with therapeutic humor in Switzerland and Germany. 1998, on the occasion of a panel in which participated, among others, William Fry and Patch Adams someone said that children laugh 400 times a day and adults only 17 times. Because I was moderating this panel, journalists implied that I was the origin of this statistical statement!
    On the other hand, I am convinced that in our postmodern time the situation for everyday man is developing increasingly confusing (cf. Oliver James: Britain on the Couch). People seem to less appreciate a good humor. At least in Central Europe they enjoy more and more sarcastic forms (derisive forms of humor, schadenfreude). This,gain, has lead to a specific fear of laughter which I have called "gelotophobia" (cf. search engines).