Project 5 – M K Rajan
How many of you will agree with me if I say that people of the old generation were happier? In a study conducted in Sweden, it was observed that people’s ability to laugh reduced considerably as years passed by. In the 1950’s people laughed average 18 minutes a day, where us in the 1990’s, the laughing rate reduced to 6 minutes a day!
Considering the many benefits of laughter, it is very much alarming that within a span of 40 years, the ability people to laugh reduced by 66%!
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What happens when we laugh? Like in an aerobic workout, blood circulation in our body increases. More Oxygen is pumped to the muscles. The muscles relax and we feel refreshed. We have experienced that sometimes when we laugh, we hold on to something to keep from falling.
What are the benefits of Laughter? Laughter is a tranquilliser with no side effects. It gives a boost to the immune system, reduces stress, regulates BP, strengthens heart muscles, fights respiratory ailments and it is very good for singers, actors and speakers. I have an advice for ladies, who are more beauty conscious – keep laughing. When you laugh, the face muscles get more oxygen and the face will glow! So keep laughing! Laughter therapy is widely accepted.
Every morning, in more than 400 Laughing Clubs across India, people assemble and laugh, as loud as they can, for at least 15 minutes, forgetting all their worries. This 15 minutes laugh is enough to keep them fresh for 15 hours. They are laughing their way to health. Their motto is Laughter puts people in a positive frame of mind and gradually makes them positive thinkers.
Laughter has many social benefits. It is a universal language understood by everybody. It breaks down barriers and brings people together. Laughter is contagious. Laughter makes other people laugh.
An average 6-year-old laughs 300 times a day while an average adult laughs just 170 times. All of us like to laugh with Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy and Mr. Bean. Cartoons and Comics are the most widely read columns in newspapers. Abraham Lincoln used laughter as a balm to keep his nerves calm. He said ‘ With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.’ There is a saying ‘Count that day lost in which you have not laughed’.
L & GM ‘Laugh to forget, but do not forget to Laugh’. We also have a laughing session in each TMC Meetings. Remember, humour is for free. Use it whenever you can and laugh- laugh your way to better health.