F*** The Flu! THIS Contagion Burns Calories, Improves Creativity, Lowers Blood Pressure & BOOSTS Immune!!!
The flu season is raging in full force this year. Chances are, you or someone you know is currently feeling the effects of the epidemic. However, there’s another epidemic that’s extremely contagious, of which you may not even be aware. Every single one of us comes in contact with it daily, but on the upside, this contagion’s effects are good: lowered blood pressure, improved creativity and memory, burning excess calories, boosted immune system and even increased lifespan! Lucky for us,
catching this contagion is a blessing, and reaping all of the amazing health benefits is as easy as doing one thing: laughing.
In Laughology, you get to voyage alongside Albert Nerenberg, a journalist who desperately wants laughter back in his life after realizing he hadn't truly laughed in years due to a plethora of stressors and grief-laden events.
Here are my favorite highlights and lessons learned from his journey…
Seriousness is Serious
Did you know there are actual laugh doctors, holy laughter churches and professional laughers? Moments of discovery like these are the shining gems in this documentary. The laugh doctor, perhaps my favorite gem, teaches us that being too serious is an actual disorder that affects 80-90% of the population! Losing your lightheartedness and ability to laugh easily happens when too much stress takes over, whether it be emotional, mental or physical. Have you stopped laughing and playing? Do you look and act serious? Do you resent happy, laughing people? If so, you've got symptoms of seriousness, and you should strive for a positive change; the negative health effects of seriousness, both mental and physical, are no laughing matter.
The Contagion Worth Catching
Yes, laughter is fun and amazing, but medically it’s fascinating. A team of British neuroscientists say nothing they studied showed a neuro-response that’s more contagious than laughing! Further, they say our brains are designed to be laughing machines - you just need to activate it. Needing some activation? There’s a person for that. Doug Collins, dubbed “the man with the most contagious laugh,” is featured in Laughology and I bet you two things: 1) That you've never heard a laugh like his before, and 2) It will at the very least make you crack a smile.
Laughology is a highly entertaining, thought-provoking, can’t-miss documentary with added health benefits. So, did Albert get his laughter back? You’ll have to watch to find out. In the meantime, if you think you may have come down with a case of seriousness, look to Laughology to lift you up; it made me realize I could definitely be laughing more and inspired me to do an interview about Laughter Yoga. Ask yourself, “Seriousness or laughter - which one am I spreading out into the world?”
GaiamTV.com Ambassador Alyson Charles is a television and radio host and producer. She lends her passions, inspirations and self-help knowledge to her readers on www.AlysonCharles.com, supplying you with the freshest secrets and tips for creating your most magical life.
“I have not seen anyone dying of laughter, but I know millions who are dying because they are not laughing." > Dr. Madan Kataria, The Laugh Doctor & Founder of Laughter Yoga