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The Laughing Cure

Emotional and Physical Healing?A Comedian Reveals Why Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

Dr. Brian King is a psychologist and stand-up comedian whose humor therapy seminars are attended by more than ten thousand people each year. In The Laughing Cure, King combines wit with medical research to reveal the benefits of laughter and humor on physical and emotional health.

King’s language is humorous and uplifting, and his advice is backed in science. The Laughing Cure features clinical studies and interviews with some of the nation’s top doctors that prove that laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, increases muscle flexion, boosts immune systems, and triggers endorphins. It’s been shown to relieve depression, to produce a general sense of wellbeing, even to make us more productive, loving, and kind.

The Laughing Cure presents step-by-step guidance and proven techniques to embrace laughter as both medicine for current conditions and preventative medicine. This highly unique and enjoyable read explains why much-talked about, but little understood methods of therapy like those embraced by acclaimed humor doctor Patch Adams—played by Robyn Williams in a 1998 film—and laughter yoga actually work.

Growing up, King wanted to be a stand-up comic; his PhD. was his backup plan. Little did he know, the impact his unique situation would put him in, the way it would allow him to help others. Very few doctors have the ability to heal the way that King does; his method is cheap, easy, chemical-free—even fun. With The Laughing Cure, readers will learn how—and why—laughter saves lives.

“Brian has been unaffected by stress since I met him when he was five. I think he tapped into how to manage stress and live on his own terms at an early age. Forty years later, the only difference is that he has a driver’s license and scruff. He’s one of the happiest people I know, and he’s pretty good at explaining how easy it is to be happy as well. Life is beautiful and funny; embrace it.” —Jon King, author’s brother

“Dr. Brian knows what makes people laugh and knows exactly why it’s good for them. He doesn’t use any of that on stage, but he knows a lot of stuff.” —Phil Johnson, comedian

“Funny. Smart. And extremely good looking. Well, no. But two out of three ain’t bad.” —Will Durst, comedian

“Finally! A professional who conveys practical truth with clarity and engaging humor. Do you want to be happy regardless of your circumstances? Get this book!” —Jane Norberg, registered nurse

“Dr. Brian King is the kind of friend whose presence and jubilant outlook can bring a smile, laugh, and lasting memories to anyone. What’s his secret? I’m going with his hat.” —Erik Escobar, comedian

“Whether performing stand-up or contributing to the planet’s knowledge of Bloody Marys, King is dedicated to making people laugh from coast to coast. Life got you down? Spend an hour with Brian King.” —Scotch Wichmann, author of Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss And Do Things With Him

“Brian has been unaffected by stress since I met him when he was five. I think he tapped into how to manage stress and live on his own terms at an early age. Forty years later, the only difference is that he has a driver’s license and scruff. He’s one of the happiest people I know, and he’s pretty good at explaining how easy it is to be happy as well. Life is beautiful and funny; embrace it.” —Jon King, author’s brother

“Dr. Brian knows what makes people laugh and knows exactly why it’s good for them. He doesn’t use any of that on stage, but he knows a lot of stuff.” —Phil Johnson, comedian

“Funny. Smart. And extremely good looking. Well, no. But two out of three ain’t bad.” —Will Durst, comedian

“Finally! A professional who conveys practical truth with clarity and engaging humor. Do you want to be happy regardless of your circumstances? Get this book!” —Jane Norberg, registered nurse

“Dr. Brian King is the kind of friend whose presence and jubilant outlook can bring a smile, laugh, and lasting memories to anyone. What’s his secret? I’m going with his hat.” —Erik Escobar, comedian

“Whether performing stand-up or contributing to the planet’s knowledge of Bloody Marys, King is dedicated to making people laugh from coast to coast. Life got you down? Spend an hour with Brian King.” —Scotch Wichmann, author of Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss And Do Things With Him