‘Laughter is the best medicine‘, or so the old adage goes.
One man who is convinced that this is more than a myth is Craig Shoemaker; actor, author, public speaker and comedian.
Shoemaker has had a long and colourful career in television, film and stand-up comedy, all of which warrants merit on it own, but there is one recent project of his which really caught the eye of My Good Planet.
“The core of all personal vision is creativity,” says Shoemaker, “Creation has no boundaries or definition, but no matter how we exercise our freedom of expression, I look forward to connecting with you. Let’s enlighten up the world together.
As many of you know, I paved my way by performing stand-up comedy. Causing chuckles and guffaws has now led to giving birth to my pride and joy – The Laughter Heals Foundation. I feel so fortunate to have made so many people laugh and am deeply grateful for what you all have given back to me. Comedy has unlocked many a door, and that door is open to every one of you.”
Laughter Heals is Shoemaker’s mission to show the world just how important it is to hold onto our sense of humour. It’s one thing to enjoy a good joke, but what Shoemaker believes is that laughter may be the most efficient way to improve our mental and physical wellbeing.
“I have learned through the years of doing stand up comedy that laughter is more powerful than we give it credit for. It can break tension, it can lift spirits. Laughter can literally change lives,” says Shoemaker.
As a result of his discovery, Shoemaker has made it his mission to create a documentary film which highlights and emphasises the importance of laughter in the modern world. His travels have taken him all over the world, and this film is the culmination of his findings.
From hospital wards to the Indian plains , Shoemaker has seen it all. Now, as part of the film, he wants to monitor the tangible effect on laughter therapy. Using a select group of people, with a range of illnesses, the comedian wants to give them as many reasons to laugh as possible.
There’s a seriousness behind the smiles. Almost 60% of adults in the USA are on some form of prescription medication; that’s one of the highest rates in the world. It’s leading to an unprecedented Opioid dependency and overdose rate crisis.
What if there was another way?
Shoemaker is looking for one.