You happened to see your worries fly away after a good joke, a laugh, a comedian after a show (s)? Laughter is therapeutic, even if not always recognized as such. But how does a laughter therapy?

The effects of laughter

Studies prove, laughter has beneficial effects on physical and psychological health of individuals. physical level, its: oxygen the body, improves breathing capacity; reduces muscle tension strengthen the immune system have analgesic effects. According to research, 20 seconds hearty laugh equate to three minutes of brisk walking or rowing. Moreover, it would have a positive impact on the resistance to pain. At the psychological level, the laughter: positive impact on morale affect our approach to life and its pitfalls; an impact on the image that others have of the person the capacity challenges; an effect on stress reduction. These findings, however, must be verified through further studies. In some hospitals, laughter is used to improve physical and mental health of children. The story of Dr. Patch Adams is a good example.

Laugh? Yes, but

Attention, laughter is not necessarily a panacea for all ills. In fact, laughter therapy is cons-indicated for people paranoid or severely ill. Because attempts to trigger laughter could be misinterpreted. Moreover, the people with problems prolapse (bladder, for example), glaucoma, high blood pressure, heart problems or high-risk pregnancy should avoid this kind of therapy.


Laughter and the brain

Obviously, scientists have focused on the elements that can trigger laughter in humans. Researchers at the University of Fribourg have shown that this phenomenon arises in part “primitive” brain. “The region responsible for triggering laughter and thus the expression of joyful emotion is located in the lateral hypothalamus, a primitive area of ​​the brain. From there, the excitement is distributed to a gray central region that coordinates the activity of mimic muscles, vocal cords and breathing, “it said in the study published by Swiss researchers.


Laughter is contagious, it is known. That’s why many therapies laughter, in business or a professional come in a group or therapy sessions or through workshops. Through images or jokes, laughter leaders raise participants. Other means may also be used such as: throw a ball imaginary use gadgets; making antics. If, for some, the gesture is not funny in itself, the spontaneous laughter of one or several participants can take the person less receptive to laugh heartily. There are also laughter clubs in certain countries or cities. Popular in France, they are less numerous in Quebec. However, one company provides training facilitators who wish founding clubs of its kind.

A science?

The laughter therapy more interested in a. Since 2002, there has even been an emerging science, Rigoletto. According to its pioneers, it is a complete and original discipline aims, through a holistic approach, the harmony of body, emotions and spirit to achieve a deep joy of living, authentic and sustainable. Certain companies will even call to increase their productivity.