Laughter therapy is real, according to a Laughter Therapist. And it's exactly what it sounds like: a therapeutic philosophy that employs a variety of strategies to get people to laugh. Francine Shore, who created the first "laughing yoga club" in New York City 13 years ago, notes, "The body cannot distinguish the difference between artificial laughter and genuine laughter." "All the feel-good chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins will still be released, and you'll get the same physiological and psychological health advantages."
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The majority of adults have a depressingly small amount of laughing in their life. "Children laugh 150 times a day, but adults only laugh 12 times," Shore explains. It's a pity, given the plethora of mental health benefits that a simple bout of laughter may provide. Shore claims that it "reduces sadness and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, is a natural pain painkiller, fosters positive thinking, boosts morale, improves creativity and productivity, burns calories, and more."
The simple act of smiling, according to Shore, can deceive your mind into thinking you're happier. "Smiling looks wonderful on anyone, and simply smiling releases endorphins," she says. Shore suggests locating a laughter yoga class in your city to help you meet your daily smile requirement. "They're usually free or very inexpensive; it's low-cost therapy," she explains. "In this political climate, it's more important than ever to grin."
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"Did I mention Netflix?" says the narrator. According to Shore. It doesn't have to be a difficult process to become a happy person. In fact, Shore advises doing whatever it takes to keep yourself laughing as much as possible towards the end of the day. "Laugh a lot and laugh often," she advises. Stay at home and watch Bridesmaids while everyone else goes to see Manchester by the Sea. "Find the amusing in the most mundane of situations," Shore advises. "In your life, choose levity. It's a healthy way of coping."