Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Laugh Therapy

Laugh Therapy

I read this article once about a ‘joyologist’ that helps people laugh. I stole her technique and bits of the article and have had fun with it quite a few times. Only recently have I realized that this is a fun way for me to answer the ‘what do you do’ question and playfully number close at the same time.

HB: So, what do you do?

GS: I’m an angel—one more good deed… and I get my wings. (wink)

HB: No seriously, what do you do?

GS: I’m a sexual superhero. I bring incredible pleasure to damsels in distress. (wink)

HB: Yeah right, no really, what do you do?

GS: Alright, alright. I’ll tell you what I do. But you have to promise not to laugh.

HB(s): We promise.
GS: I’m a laugh therapist—A laugh instructor.

Hey, I told you not to laugh!

Yeah, I teach laughing workshops. Did you know that in 1950 we laughed an average of 13 minutes a day? But today we laugh only about 6 minutes, when you add it all up. Is life really that much harder today? Or are we just not having as much fun as we should?

What joyologists have discovered is that laughing is actually very good for us—it releases all these amazing chemicals in our bodies that just make us happy—that make us healthy. Like mini orgasms.

What’s best of all, physiologically, the feel-good effect is the same whether you are genuinely laughing or if you fake the laugh. So I started holding laughing workshops to teach people to laugh just for the sake of laughing, for the health benefits. I mean, life is just one big cosmic joke when you think about it, right?

So I teach special laughing techniques to help you feel comfortable laughing at yourself… And by yourself.

(wait for comment)

Here, I’ll show you one. You have a cell phone? Hand it to me. You like to laugh right? Okay, so you’re feeling in need of a good laugh. But you just can’t laugh by yourself in public… That’s not socially acceptable. You’ll look likea total nut case. So this is what you do. You take out your phone and just pretend like you are talking to someone. . .

(demo….fake humorous convo and laugh into phone)

“Hey Tony…yeah, I’m here in Vegas with these bratty little girls... Yeah, they’re being really flirty, really forward…this one keeps looking at me like a fat kid looks at a cheeseburger….I know, I know, I might, but I don’t think she’s very, you know, sensual. Hahahahahaha. That’s a good one man! Anyway, I’ll talk to you later… I have to figure out what to do with these girls that keep hitting on me…”

Just like that, and it feels great to laugh. Let me show you something else.

(put # in phone and call it)

Now, you’ll actually have someone to call and share your laughter with. Just don’t abuse the privilege. If you call me six times a day, I’ll start laughing AT you instead of WITH you. Haha. Here, leave me a fun voicemail so I’ll remember you.

(hand her the phone)

Then I might talk about how laughter is our body’s recognition and celebration of the present moment, or I change the subject:

--Yeah, I teach Kiss Therapy too. But that one will cost you.

--I like your sense of humor, you get a point for that, but are you sensual?

Love life, love laughter.