Laughing is health. And more life expectancy. Specifically, four and a half years and more, according to data published in 2018 by the Spanish Society of Neurology. When humans laugh, they set 400 muscles in motion. It is estimated that 100 laughs are equivalent to 15 minutes of cycling. Laughter releases tension, generates more productivity, is motivating and even improves physical appearance.
Laughter is also – as long as you know how to use it – a pedagogical element. At the same time that a laugh is generated, an idea that has nothing to do with humor can be transmitted. There are the cartoonists, who distill reality to offer it in acceptable pills: at a glance, with the right tone and language, they launch complex messages that, wrapped in irony or humor, enter like a glass of water. When processing them, the smile can become uncomfortable.
That is one of the objectives of The black book of sport (Larousse), the work of the graphic humorist Malagón, who is accompanied as the author of the texts by the journalist Eduardo Bravo. The book offers a selection of one hundred illustrations that mix sport with other areas of life. A swimmer advancing in the pool down a street full of plastic; a climber who can become a caver and who advances on a profile of the peaks and valleys of the economic results of a company; a ring in which religion and ethics confront each other; some gym dumbbells in a palatable donut shape; an athlete in a wheelchair who finds a podium without a ramp; a colt exercise on a missile; a skateboard pirouette on the moon. An exercise in black humor to practice smiling. And the critical gaze. Which is also health.