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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 muchtalked-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 howand whylaughter saves lives.
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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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!!