Laughter is a Medicine Remedy

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Nov. 1 2012

T-TH @ 2pm

Topic: "Laughter as a medicine"

Specific Purpose: To persuade my listeners to laugh more.

Central Idea: To persuade my listeners to understand how laughter can be a strong medicine for the mind; can help us stay emotionally healthy; and the social benefits of laughter.


Laughter can be infectious. Have you ever suddenly started laughing when you hear someone else laughing crazily, although you actually have no idea what their laughing about?

Well, our five senses are not enough for ideal living. We need to use our sixth sense: our sense of humor. Humor is not merely telling jokes; it is the way we view the world. We can be sincere about life without taking it so seriously. We can laugh about our mistakes and pain. Louis Kornenberger explains: Humor simultaneously wounds and heals, indicts and pardons, diminishes and enlarges; it constitutes inner growth at the expense of outer gain.

Yet, we humans laugh an average of only 17 times a day. Biologically, humans are the few living beings that laugh, and yet we take this luxury for granted. Laughter releases endorphins, a drug 10 times more powerful than morphine, into the body. This gives the body that feel-good feeling. Laughter can lead to humans having healthier lives, as well as many other benefits.

Today, I will share with you on how laughter can destroy us if it is not used and how laughter can be a strong medicine for the mind, help us stay emotionally healthy, and its social benefits, so you can persuade more laughter into your life.

(Transition: Let me begin by explaining the danger of a life without laughter.)


I. Not being able to laugh can be a psychological problem.

The physiological study of laughter is called GEL-OTOLOGY. By...