The Laughing Cure: Emotional and Physical Healing¿A Comedian Reveals Why Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

The Laughing Cure: Emotional and Physical Healing¿A Comedian Reveals Why Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

by Brian King

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The Laughing Cure: Emotional and Physical Healing¿A Comedian Reveals Why Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine by Brian King

Dr. Brian King is a psychologist and stand-up comedian whose humor therapy seminars are attended by more than ten thousand people each year. In The Laughing Cure , King combines wit with medical research to reveal the benefits of laughter and humor on physical and emotional health.

King’s language is humorous and uplifting, and his advice is backed by science. Studies featured in The Laughing Cure show how laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, increases muscle flexion, boosts immune systems, and triggers endorphins. They show how laughter relieves depression, and even makes us more productive, loving, and kind.

The tips and techniques featured inside can be used for current conditions and as preventative medicine. Through humor and science King explains why much–talked-about but little-understood methods of therapy such as laughter yoga actually work and how we can better incorporate humor into our lives.

Very few doctors have the ability to heal the way that King does; his method is cheap, easy, and chemical-free. Even fun! This wonderful, transformative, and provocative read shows how—and why—laughter saves lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510702493
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 779,428
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dr. Brian King is an acclaimed comic and public speaker who travels the world as a performer and an instructor, giving seminars to more than ten thousand people each year on the health benefits of humor. King was the founder and producer of the highly reviewed Wharf Room Comedy show in San Francisco; has worked with such talents as Will Durst, Rick Shapiro, Mo Mandel, Laurie Kilmartin, and Steven Pearl; and produces the annual Bay Area comedy competition Walk the Plank. Today King spends much of his time on tour, but is based in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

What Are We Talking About, Anyway? 15

So What Makes Some Things Funny? 21

Humor: So What's the Point? 28

What Is a Joke? 35

Jokes: Again, What's the Point? 44

The Brain 46

The Brain: What's the Point? 53

Speaking of Laughter… 54

Laughter: What's the Point? 66

The Benefits of Laughter: Why We Should Care 69

Laughter Makes Us Happy 72

Okay, So What's So Important about Happiness Anyway? 83

Laughter Feels Good 88

Do We Really Need to Discuss the Importance of Pleasure? 91

Laughter Decreases Pain 92

Is No Pain Our Gain? 102

Laughter Reduces Stress 107

Other Than the Obvious, Why Is Stress Management So Important? 122

Laughter Is Healthy 124

Comedians with Diabetes on Coping with Diabetes 133

Okay, So What Is So Important about, Um … Health? 140

Laughter Is Exercise 144

Laughter Makes Us Friends (and More) 146

Now That the Question Has Been (Sort of) Answered … 160

What Is So Important about Making Friends? 162

Laughter Is Foreplay 166

Why Is Foreplay Important? 171

Laughter Helps Sustain Relationships: My Chat with Yakov 172

Laughter Helps Calm Our Mind 178

Why Is It So Important to Overcome Negative Thinking? 189

Laughter Generates More Power Than Screams 192

The Benefits of Laughter: A Recap 193

Okay, So What Can We Do with This Information? 195

Learn How to Not Take Life Too Seriously 200

Learn How To tell a Damn Joke 206

Recognize the Therapeutic Value of Humor and Laughter 214

Practice Laughter, and Laugh Often 222

Final Thoughts 227

Appendix I Humor Testimonials 230

Appendix II Expressing Gratitude 246

Endnotes 248

Acknowledgments 259

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The Laughing Cure: Emotional and Physical Healing--A Comedian Reveals Why Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Lisa_G More than 1 year ago
An excellent book! It is an easy read and had me literally laughing out loud at many points, plus I Iearned things, an added bonus. I found this book just after finishing cancer treatment and it will be one I recommend to many facing it or with loved ones facing it. I took a 'inappropriate cancer jokes' are the way to go approach and the book really helped confirm how much laughter did help me through some awful times. It gives many other applications too but one chapter was totally written for me! I will use my cancer-card here to say please pay this book forward to those in a tough spot, as even though it was after I was done it was amazing learning the aspects of why laughter really does help. The learnings are kept light hearted and easy to understand, you really will walk away with more of a smile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!!! I suffer with terrible depression and anxiety and one chapter into it and I was hooked. A completely different way to look at pain and how laughter truly is the best medicine. As a nurse I will recommend this to all my patients!!