Sigmund Freud attributed to the laughter the power to liberate the organism from negative energy. Something that has been scientifically proven upon discovering that the cerebral cortex releases electrical impulses a second after starting to laugh.
Babies start laughing at about four months of age. When we laugh, the brain emits an order that causes the segregation of endorphins, substances that have properties similar to morphine, relieving pain, providing a balance between vital tone and depression.
Laughter is located in the prefrontal area of the cerebral cortex, where creativity resides, ability to think about future futures. As we grow, we gain in maturity but we lose the spontaneity of letting ourselves be carried away by laughter, or even of seeing the positive and comic side of things. Hence, there are times when it is convenient to remember how to laugh. There are therapies for this, highlighting laughter therapy.
Beneficial effects of laughter
Laughing has numerous advantages, among which are:
- Laughter decreases insomnia.
- Prevents heart attacks, since the spasms that occur in the diaphragm strengthen the lungs and the heart.
- Rejuvenates the skin because it has a toning and anti-wrinkle effect.
- When releasing endorphins, it has an analgesic effect.
- The laughter makes the head vibrate and the nose and the ear are cleared.
- Reduces blood pressure
- Strengthens the immune system.
- It facilitates digestion by increasing the contractions of the abdominal muscles.
- Improves breathing
Regarding the effects at the psychological level, laughter eliminates stress and relieves depression, increasing self-esteem and self-confidence. It fights fears and phobias, as well as shyness, by facilitating communication between people, expressing emotions and favoring the existence of affective bonds. Laughter relieves suffering, in addition to releasing tensions, enhancing creativity and imagination.
What is laughter therapy?
Laughter therapy is a way of learning to see things from the positive side in order to get the most out of life and work, as well as a simple way to improve health, through pleasant emotions.
"When God laughed, the seven Gods that govern the world were born (..)
When the laughter broke out, the light appeared (...)
When he laughed a second time, the water gushed out (...)
The seventh time he laughed the soul appeared (...) "
More than 4000 years ago, in the Ancient Chinese Empire, there were temples where people gathered to laugh, in order to find a balance for health. In ancient cultures of tribal type, there was the figure of "doctor clown", a sorcerer dressed and made up, who applied therapies of laughter to cure sick warriors.
The workshops are participatory, they try to get that laugh from the inner child of each one with games, dances, music, etc ...
The general methodology of these workshops are:
- Stretches, through them the body is unlocked to release tensions.
- Communication, to create a good atmosphere and complicity among the participants.
- Games, a way to go back to childhood.
It is a technique to provoke that laughter we have since childhood, so that it flows from the heart and not from the head.