Here is a video that tells the story of Jacqueline Domhoff who chose to see her cancer as an opportunity to heal her mind, and Laughter Yoga as a tool to help her do that.
Here is quite a find (don't know how long it will stay on youtube): This is the full 1984 movie of Norman's Cousin acclaimed book "Anatomy Of An Illness" in which he describes how laughter played a major part in his recovery from a terminal disease: A man is randomly stricken with a degenerative spinal disease that threatens to render him paralyzed for the rest of his life. Despite the bleak prognosis, he fights the illness head on with the support of his wife and an indomitable sense of humor.
Two million people from 70 countries voted on 40,000 jokes in a 2002 study by Dr Richard Wiseman, of the University of Hertfordshire and the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
Here are great jokes to lighten up the topic of depression.
I recently read a blog from Dr Kataria responding to an actor who said he could easily laugh on command and was wondering what more Laughter Yoga could teach him (a lot!). Dr K's reply was outstanding as usual, and I took the liberty to build on it. Here it is:
Here are several more local articles & videos that covered Laughter Yoga and Laughter Clubs in the US and Canadian media this month, from Vancouver to Miami, via Los Angeles and New York. Laughter Yoga is not a joke. Have we said that before?
Joan Dietrich, 67, of Norton Shores signed up for Laughter Yoga, hoping to lower her high blood pressure. After just one night of class, her blood pressure dropped into the normal range. "The next day, I had a happy, wholesome feeling," she says. That's the point, says Cheryl Oliver, the class instructor. Since she's been doing Laughter Yoga, she handles stress better -- whether someone cuts her off in traffic or ...
124 Quotes On Laughter, Joy and Happiness
No other patient characteristics could predict life or death within two years as strongly as the score for sense of humor.
Psychology On Laughter: the capacity for human laughter preceded the capacity for speech