In a previous post I wrote about how laughing can bring you in touch with your divine essence. I got many responses from friends that confirmed that they experienced the same effect. One person in particular mentioned how often children made her laugh, which indeed when you think of it is often in striking contrast with adults.
Although many liked the training video that I included, I also heard that some people wanted me to come with real, hard, scientific proof that laughing can actually help you. Enjoying the challenge they created for me and in a wonderful synchronistic turn of events this morning, I bumped into this seven minute video with Ron Gutman talking about the hidden power of smiling.
Introducing the expert witness: Ron Gutman
Ron was the founder and CEO of Wellsphere (acquired in early 2009), a leading online consumer health 2.0 company that developed the world’s largest community of independent health writers and became one of the largest health sites on the Internet, serving more than 100 million users to date. As a graduate student at Stanford University, Gutman organized and led a multidisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students from the schools of Engineering, Medicine, Business, Psychology and Law to conduct research in personalized health and to design ways to help people live healthier, happier lives.
In this video presentation he refers to a wide variety of scientific studies conducted over more than hundred years into the effects of smiling. You will be both amazed and surprised that something that you probably intuitively already knew and experience firsthand every day, actually has such wide and beneficial implications and was the object of so much research. And, if simply smiling has already these positive effects, it is a small step to understand that (deep belly) laughing goes way beyond.
Please enjoy and don’t forget to read the homework assignment below the video. It may change your life… 🙂
Home work assignment
This home work assignment is actually very simple and doesn’t require too much time and effort on your part, if any at all (well perhaps only in the beginning):
Start to consciously smile at least 10 times each day and gradually increase this by 10 smiles per day until you continuously smile for the rest of your life…
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