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"I learned that twenty minutes of belly-aching laughter provides the same endorphin rush that a full day supply of morphine provides. If I could laugh, I could cope. And if I could cope, I could heal. So I made it my mission to laugh every single day. Every person that came to see me was required to make me laugh. Even the failed attempts struck me as funny." – Theo Androus
I recently heard these words while listening to a CD entitled The Unbreakable Human Spirit (part of Winning Strategies). Mr. Androus discussed how laughter therapy contributed to his remarkable recovery. You can read about Theo Androus’ story at http://www.gotheo.com/keynote.htm.
Laughter therapy is powerful. No one knows that better than Becky Cortino.
Becky leads an online class called Healing Humor: Live Happy – Be Healthy! In this class she teaches us how humor can be a tremendous benefit in our lives.
She also has her own online radio show called A Heart 4 Clowning. This was exciting. I learned that Becky leads a hospital/caring clown creative arts ministry in North Carolina.
When I was a cub scout leader, I had fun wearing costumes to entertain the scouts and parents while at the same time embarrassing my son. How cool would it be to dress up like a clown to help others who needed humor the most?
Becky told me about FRMC Charlie’s Chaplains’ Skool ’08 "U-Otta-B-n-Pictures U". I will be traveling to North Carolina in September to get my first training as a caring clown. Maybe I will see you there!
But we don’t have to be dressed up as a clown to encourage someone with humor and laughter. Who are you going to share a laugh with today? It will not only help the person you are with, but it will also brighten your day as well.
6 thoughts on “Are You Clowning Around? Why Not?”
Laughter may be good therapy but clowns really freak me out. Creepy………
I will do my best to be a “non-creepy” clown. Actually, my looks without a costume can bring a few chuckles. Maybe I don’t need the clown costume to bring on the laughter…
Even the Bible says laughter is like medicine.
I agree, clowns freak me out too! But great Idea and good luck in September!
Wonderful site, found via another StumbleUpon member’s faves. The folks commenting about clowns being creepy reminds me of Randy Stonehill’s Song “Baby Hates Clowns,” it’s a hilarious song! I love clowns, however, and don’t find them creepy at all.
Thanks for this great site – have fun!
Great article! Laughter has an amazing affect on not only our moods but also our health. You might find this interestnig http://ektherapies.blogspot.com/2012/02/could-laughter-be-key-to-happiness.html