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Next month disinformation is releasing a new film from documentarian Albert Nerenberg, Laughology. It’s the fourth film we’ve distributed for Albert and we have a lot of faith in him, even if we had never heard of Laughter Yoga before.
It turns out it’s massive and the public library next door to our office in New York has free classes, so a few of us went along. If you can get over the embarrassment factor, it actually does seem to work. The New York Times has just discovered the same thing:
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I was in a vile, despicable mood when I arrived at laughter yoga. It was Wednesday, and my brain felt torn in one too many directions; the usual, only worse. Laughter seemed a remote possibility.
I waited patiently inside a nondescript office at 40th Street and Broadway among a group of wildly divergent strangers, with only my skepticism to keep me company.
Via h+ magazine:
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Research proves you’ll live longer if you laugh! A seven-year, 54,000-person study concluded people with a sense of humor have a 70% greater chance of surviving cancer, and a Loma Linda University medical researcher even calculated precise chemical changes. (Laughter increased human growth hormone by 87%, which optimizes immunity.)
Laughter also increases T cells in the immune system while reducing arterial stiffness and blood pressure, and one author suggests “for every minute of laughter you produce somewhere around $10,000 worth of healthy body chemistry.” Lee Im-seon, laughter therapist at Seoul National University Hospital, even claims “the hormones secreted when people laugh are known to alleviate pain 200–300 times better than morphine.”
Amazing how much funnier everything is when your life depends on it — but watch out. One man died while laughing at the movie A Fish Called Wanda. And in 1962, three schoolgirls in Tanzania started laughing and couldn’t stop.