The concept of laughter therapy not part of the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ). It is a therapeutic action which is based on laughter to generate an increase in emotional and psychological well-being.
It should be remembered that the laughter is a reaction before a stimulus that generates joy or that causes grace. This reaction includes gestures, sounds and different body movements.
It is important to note that laughter therapy, despite its name, is not usually defined as a therapy because it is not able to cure a disease by itself. Those who defend the method, however, affirm that laughter therapy contributes to the patient's well-being and provides intangible benefits that can contribute to medical treatment.
In the same way, we cannot ignore the existence of another important series of data about laughter therapy such as these:
-The techniques or activities carried out during the sessions are dance, play, body expression, massages, breathing exercises ...
-It is considered to have its origin thousands of years ago. And it has been discovered that about 4,000 years ago in China, in its Old Empire, it was already used. Specifically, it has been known that there were temples that came to meet and laugh, since it was considered that laughter could make the health was perfect.
- It is not necessary to forget that in other ancestral civilizations a figure existed that responded to the name of doctor clown and that came to be a wizard made up of certain way that supposedly cured the patients by means of laughter.
Laughter therapy develops in various ways. Sometimes they are professionals of the medicine who appeal to humor to generate laughter in patients. That is the case of the famous Dr. Hunter Doherty Adams , better known as "Patch Adams , whose life was taken to the cinema with the prominence of Robin Williams .
There are volunteers who, without being experts in medicine, go to hospitals dressed in clowns to develop laughter therapy. There are also the workshops waves laughter therapy sessions , where patients form a group and follow instructions to provoke and self-provoke laughter.
The clinical benefits of laughter therapy are usually under discussion. Usually the community scientist accepts that laughter allows you to release serotonin , dopamine and adrenalin . It has also been shown that laughter contributes to muscle movement and favors the blood circulation .
In addition to the above, it must also be borne in mind that those who defend laughter therapy at all costs do so because they consider that, in the same way, it allows to enjoy this other series of benefits:
-It ends anxiety, stress and depression problems.
-Help people look more rejuvenated.
-It is considered a good tool to end insomnia problems.
-Allows citizens who attend their sessions to see their self-esteem and sense of humor increased.
-It serves to increase the mood when it is under different circumstances.