The History of Humor
Humor is a characteristic which hasbeen with human beings since time immemorial. Namely, there arereferences about the benefits of humor and cheerfulness found in theBible itself. Moreover, the importance of humor was repeated in the14th century by Henry de Mondeville, a famous Frenchsurgeon of the times. Also, Martin Luther used humor for treatingdepression and always advocated laughter and positive attitude.
If we are to move on to a more modernera, during the 1930s, clowns were visiting hospitals, makingchildren there better, by exposing them to humor and happiness. Humortherapy was also mentioned in Norman Cousins' book “Anatomy of anIllness”, published in 1979, where he talks about the incrediblepower of laughter and humor, helping treatment of many differentillnesses.
All in all, laughter has been aroundfor quite some time and the magical influence this action has on ourbody and mind has opened the eyes of many who accepted laughter as aform of therapeutic treatment. It causes our blood pressure to drop,makes us less tensed and more positive and happy, fortifying ourorganism through a significant boost of our immune system.Additionally, laughter balances our health and makes us stronger.Many times, our illnesses are best treated with our positive attitudeand the will-power necessary for enduring health problems. Humor andlaughter both advocate this state of mind, being medicines of theirown.
Time for a Change
Since we have this incredible cureliving inside us, we have to use humor in order to trigger laughterand, thereby, all the benefits of it. So, humor should be widely usedin hospitals, health facilities, schools, at work and many otherplaces where people are supposed to function correctly and stayhealthy at all times, which is, basically, everywhere. Clowns,comedians and other means of funny entertainment have been used inmany hospitals, showing amazingly positive effects.
As for the recipes of successful humortherapies, you just need a good plan and a bunch of jokes and gags.Once you have this prepared, the healing stimulation through humor isready to begin.
However, be careful, since not everyonewill find humor adequate for their treatment. Some people have a goodsense of humor and some do not. Analyze the situation before acting.Exposing people who do not appreciate humor to jokes may trigger manynegative side-effects.