Is laughter really the best medicine? Dr. Madan Kataria launched thousands of laughter clubs, inspired by one man’s search for hope in light of a life-threatening prognosis. That man went on to live for another 25 years. Science is now proving why laughter is so powerful and the benefits it offers all of us — and it all starts by nurturing human connection.
Since the start of the pandemic people have found creative ways to connect to their community through the power of song — from Italians singing on their balconies to the global spasm of Youtube vocalists. Why? Because music is medicine, and its power — and many benefits — come from something called resonance.
There was a moment in time when our chimpanzee ancestors gave rise to the homosapien by discovering the elixir of youth. It’s something called neoteny, which is the quality of slowing down the growth process, which is the very thing that made us smarter: we explored more, we practiced more, we played more.
There is no normal except the one universal standard that we are all human. We share the same space and want the same thing. Our essential human nature is to connect to that childlike joy and rest in the authenticity of happiness.