Laughter is good for the soul - Are you getting enough?
Comedy is an essential part of social interaction, with humorous acts and plays dating back to prehistoric times. It is evident throughout history the impact comedy has had on human nature. But why is it good to laugh?
Laughter is often said to be the best medicine. And that is in fact true! Laughter not only boosts your mood and affects mental health, but it also strengthens your immune system and enhances social bonding. As children, laughter was almost a second form of communication, whereas adults may find genuine laughter harder to find. However, studies have found that laughing on a regular basis can actually extend your lifespan! This happens because when we laugh, our bodies release endorphins, the hormone that makes us feel good, which leads to an elevated mood. In fact, a 2015 study found that using laughter therapy as a treatment for depression yielded positive results in combating negative mood states.
As mentioned, comedy is not new. Originating in ancient Greece, comedy was originally used by philosophers such as Aristotle as a means of uniting the members of society through laughter. While modern day comedy has undergone a large amount of evolution, the basis of humor remains the same: laughter unites the masses.
With modernity came new comedic influences. The invention of the television prompted a slew of situational comedies, or sit-coms. One of the most influential sit-coms to hit television screens was the iconic "I Love Lucy" which starred a confident and brash female lead who defied gender roles combined with the typical slapstick humor. This show was way ahead of its time and has been the focus of many studies on the impact of 1950's and 60's comedy on modern day television.
If you are an "I Love Lucy" fan or you just want to add some more laughter to your life, then join us on our upcoming "I Love Lucy" tour.
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