What is universal, contagious, and make you feel and the others good?
We laugh 6 min a day, it is three times less than at the beginning of the 20th century. Is it dramatic? Yes, it is!
Laughing is to humans what purring is to cats and some felines, it can be a natural healer and a good way to relieve the stress.
Our life is not always a bed of roses, so what to do when we don't have so many reasons to laugh? The answer: Practicing Laughter Yoga.
* What is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter Yoga is an alternative healing technique that consists of exercises designed to get people to laugh for no reason, combined with simple yoga breathing techniques. It uses a blend of playful and tension-releasing laughter exercises to improve health, reduce stress, and increase feelings of well-being.
Laughter exercises, even if begun by faking it, almost always lead to real laughter, especially when done in a group. However, research has shown that simulated laughter creates the same physiological response in the body as spontaneous laughter. So even if you're faking it when you laugh, your body does not know the difference. Therefore, you don't need to be happy to laugh and you don't need to have a reason to laugh. Even fake laughter can help relieve stress and bolster your mood.
What do we do during a Laughter session? This video features Dr Madan Kataria the founder of Laughter Yoga and show you some exercises done during sessions.
“Laughter Yoga is a simple idea: anyone can laugh for no reason all. We don't need jokes, a sense of humor or comedies to laugh,” explains Dr Madan Kataria. “We initiate laughter as an exercise in a group, and when we make eye contact with others, it soon turns into real contagious laughter.”
Dr. Kataria -the founder of Laughter Yoga- explains that: "When you start laughing, your chemistry changes, your physiology changes, your chances to experience happiness are much greater. Laughter Yoga is nothing more than prepping the body and mind for happiness."
Laughter increases the oxygen flow in the body and brain, resulting in lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, less stress, raise feel-good endorphin, anti-aging and improve digestion and bowel movement.
Laughter releases endorphins, giving us the 'feel good factor'
Acts as aerobic exercise and is like 'internal jogging'
Unleashes inhibitions, breaks down barriers
Great team building tool encourages better communication
Helps boost our immune system which helps us resist disease
Tones muscles, improves respiration and circulation
Encourages positive thinking and creativity
Relaxes the whole body by reducing stress and tension
* Laugh your abs away!
Do you know that 1 min of laughter equals 45 min of relaxation and 15 min of walk, 10 minutes of belly laughter equal to 30 minutes on a rowing machine?
And laughing is good for our diet, it makes us more resistant to cravings!
Laughter is a great workout! Laughing works out the diaphragm, abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles.
Still not convinced? Watch out the training:
* Join the happy fellows!
Cheerful SP friends, laugh your way to your nearest local Laughter Yoga Club and join the global movement of health joy and world peace:
or check out the American Laughter Yoga:
No laughter clubs near your location? Get certified and create your own club.
In the meantime, allow you a good laugh!
"I Love to Laugh" from Marry Poppins
Watch stand-up comedies or films that make you laugh.
Laugh with your colleagues,your friends, your family!
By the way, have you laughed today?
Don't forget the Medical Prescription
1. 20 to 30 minutes of laughter a day
2. Learn to laugh at yourself
3. Laugh even if you don't have a reason for laughing
4. Don't take life too seriously
Happy laughing and cheerful day everyone!
Smile and spread the joy!