Cathartic psychotherapy emphasizes and utilizes laughter as one of the major cathartic processes healing emotional pain. It is specific to the release of light anger, light fear, and boredom. When people laugh, if uncomplicated by medications which may interfere with the physical catharsis, they are releasing painful feeling which is gone for all time.
OKC Laughter Club says funny stuff isn’t the point. Laughter yoga is serious business. "That’s one of the things we emphasize,” serious laughter proponent Ellen Mercer said. "We say, ‘Don’t even try to be or look funny.’ We don’t engage in comedy or humor. We’re not about humor or comedy.”