Everyone has a tremendous potential to laugh but this seems to reduce as we get older. Children laugh 300-400 times a day – not because they have a good sense of humour but because it is the nature of a child to be joyful. By the time we become adults we laugh just 15 times a day (not even that on a bad day). Becoming wealthier is not the answer either. In the 1950s people used to laugh an average of 18 minutes a day but now it is just 6 minutes a day – despite the enormous rise in living standards. There’s an epidemic of seriousness! Not every society is the same. Anyone who has been to Thailand can attest to the capacity for Thais to continue to laugh and smile into old age, even when living in relative poverty. As we get older (and it appears, richer) our laughter gets lost among increasing piles of FUNGI (Fear, Unhappiness, Neuroticisms, Greed and worst of all Inibition) as well as self-control, responsibility and insecurity. Now FUNGI usually live under DUNG (Disgust, Unhappiness, Neutoricisim, Greed). We need to remove all the DUNG, extract ourselves from the FUNGI and get to the fun in order to laugh more. That’s why laughter clubs, laughter sessions and laughter workshops work so well – they help you overcome your inhibitions, relax, have some fun and become playful again. And like a muscle – the more you flex it the more you laugh. This in turn activates your sense of humour. As far as your body goes it can’t tell the difference between whether you’re laughing for real or pretending. The funny thing is (oops a pun) after a while it all comes more naturally and you start finding you are laughing spontaneously more and more often. That has certainly been our experience here at Laughter Works – and that of of our many happy – sorry I mean laughing – clients.
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