The high that we gain when we laugh until we hold our sides, roll about on the floor and feel the tears streaming down our cheeks is addicting.
The slogan of all laughter clubs is, “Fake it ‘til you make it.” This is based on a scientific fact that even if you are faking it, the body cannot differentiate between real and make-believe emotions. This is how laughter exercises convert artificial laughter into bouts of real laughter. It hinges on coming to genuinely laugh at hearing the absurd, silly sounds of your own voice.
“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first,” counseled writer Ernestine Ulmer in her now famous bon mot.
What is it about desserts that can bring a smile to even the grumpiest adult? Woody Allen has even compared comedy to dessert, commenting that it is “a bit like meringue.” Desserts are meant to be lighthearted. The very word, after all, is the exact reverse of stressed.