Therapeutic Laughter

Scholarship Entrant: Cameron from Mountain Home, AR
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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Millions of people, including friends, family, and total strangers, struggle to cope with the hardships they face each day during their normal lives. These people are often highly focused on the problems presented to them, which can in turn lead to increased stress or anxiety. It seems that during these hard times many individuals tend to forget to laugh or enjoy the small things. As a result, more and more of these individuals tend to lead lives that they themselves would describe as miserable, depressing, or unenjoyable. With this in mind, the thing I love to do more than anything is to bring laughter to others, especially those that seem most in need of it.
Having such great enjoyment for bringing humor to others, I have often contemplated pursuing a career as a comedian. Despite considering this, I have come to realize that this is not the path I want to take; although comedians clearly accomplish their goals of causing laughter, it seems unlikely that this laughter is intended to be as therapeutic as I consider it to be. My passion is to help others in recovering from their aforementioned stresses or hardships using laughter. Because of this I have put a great deal of thought into pursuing a research career — I would be particularly interested in researching the psychological effects and chemical origins of human laughter. Using anything I may find from researching this topic, I hope to aid in therapy practices using laughter as a tool.

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