13-08-2019

Increased life expectancy for Montreux Comedy Festival spectators....

A mecca of culture, 2m2c has always been an ideal place for comic performances. The most important and well-known  type of representation. But why are there more and more spectators every year?  Maybe just for fun..... Laugh? ... Yes, simply...... Because as Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann has very seriously reminded us, "laughing is good for your health". A clumsy speech, truth or a real sense of humour, we will not allow ourselves to judge. Nevertheless, this intervention left its mark on people's minds to become "viral".
Combining laughter and health has indeed been commonly accepted since time immemorial, but is it scientifically proven? What are the benefits and contributions? Can it be considered as a therapy? To answer you, the 2m2c has conducted its survey and shares its findings.
Many studies conducted over the past decade have shown that laughter is good for health and increases life expectancy.  For example, a study conducted by Wayne University of Detroit (2010) showed that the people who smile the most, see their life expectancy increase on average by an additional seven years.... 
A significant gain and all the more interesting because, according to Professor Gilbert Deray, head of the nephrology department at the University Hospital of La Pitié Salpétrière (Paris), genes are responsible for only 25% of our health, while the environment plays a major role in the development of certain diseases.
Better yet, laughing would strengthen our body. To demonstrate this, the Japanese geneticist Kazuo Marakami, highlighted the effects of laughter on 23 genes. The activation of 18 of these genes would strengthen our immune system.
Thus, these three examples of scientific studies show the value of decompressing and laughing because laughter is a free drug that boosts all the body's functions: it improves digestion, regulates sleep and the immune system, reduces pain, helps to fight stress and anxiety, develops energy and reduces blood pressure.
 Did you know that?  In terms of a feeling of well-being, ten minutes of laughter brings as much as a jogging session...
Moreover, its benefits also have a sociological and psychological dimension.  Laughter is indeed a vector of social bond. It increases positivity and self-confidence, breaks down barriers, and builds social relationships.
But beware, not all laughter is equal... A form of universal communication, there are indeed different types of laughter to express our joys of course but also our tensions such as nervous laughter (following an accumulation of tensions), yellow laughter (forced during a vexatious situation), inappropriate laughter, creaking laughter (to express sadness or anger), fat laughter (vulgar expressed after heavy jokes).
Recognized as a factor of good health, happy laughter is recommended for a minimum of 10 minutes per day. You know what you still have to do...
Laughter therefore has undeniable therapeutic virtues, but is there any real laughter therapy? While the Greeks already advocated laughing every day to maintain good health, this medical approach has since been structured to give birth to real laughing therapists called "rigologists". "Rigology" has the physical objective of reducing muscle tension and the psychological objective of relieving stress or discomfort. This discipline is based on proven methods and is inspired by sophrology and laughing yoga. Individual or group, the sessions combine breathing techniques, relaxation exercises, laughter and letting go.
This therapy is for everyone and can be used anywhere in the medical environment to treat a disease or accompany a treatment, in the private domain, for anyone concerned about their well-being and even in the professional environment to motivate and promote team spirit.
For example, we can mention the Clown therapy widely used in hospitals to restore morale and encourage convalescence in children and the elderly.
Laughter therapy is also useful in cases of chronic diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's disease, fibromyalgia or any other condition requiring physical and mental resources to overcome difficulties (end of life, depression, disability...).
In companies, "rigology" promotes enthusiasm, collaboration, humanism, creativity and productivity. Also, while business life today continues to become more complex and faster, reintroducing laughter in the company means allowing employees to interact in harmony and work efficiently and lightly in a win-win dynamic. This is why many experts are trained in the method and offer their services.
According to Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of Laughter Yoga, people have forgotten how to laugh! In the 1950s, we laughed 18 minutes a day, whereas today we only laugh 6 minutes.  Similarly, while children can laugh 300 to 400 times a day, adults only do it about 15 times a day. To fight against gloom, we must therefore increase our daily average. For this, the 2m2C offers you a remedy whose prescription is simple:
Once a year, as a shock treatment: Attend the gala and performances of the "Montreux Comedy Festival" (for 2019 from 28 November to 7 December)
Every day, in maintenance treatment: See or discover a stand-up thanks to the YouTube channel of the "Montreux Festival Comedy".
Occasionally in case of a relapse: attend one or more live shows of the rich Montreux Cultural Season for example or other renowned events hosted by the 2m2c (Polymanga, MAG, MTC etc....).
Treatments recommended by Mr. Schneider-Ammann in particular J.