Laughter Yoga Physical Benefits
Research has shown that laughter has both preventative and therapeutic values.
Laughter helps us keep healthy by enriching the blood with ample supplies of oxygen and removes the negative effects of stress, which is the number one killer today. More than 70% of illnesses like high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, depression, frequent coughs and colds, peptic ulcers, insomnia, allergies, asthma, menstrual difficulties, tension headaches, stomach upsets and even cancer, have some connection to stress.
In the Chicago area, many people get mildly depressed from the lack of sunlight during the winter (and/or working indoors a lot), and/or environmental stressors. Humans evolved to be in sunlight during the day - but today's opportunities can be limited. The prescription? A burst of forced laughter, which will quickly turn to real laughter (especially if you practice with others). Real laughing helps boost blood flow and immune function. Rick Hauser states, "This works because laughter comes from the diaphragm, and when you practice the fake contractions, your body chemically produces the effects of real laughter. The body fools the mind into believing that it is real laughter - due to the mind/body connection."
a psychology professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, has studied fake laughter
and says it results in release of endorphins. “Once the brain signals the body
to laugh, the body doesn’t care why,” Schaeffer says. “It’s still going to relieve
With Laughter Yoga - you get the "feel-good" kick and actual "happy" chemistry of a great workout, and yet won't sweat or even feel that you have exercised. Try it - you'll like it! See links to verious medical benefits below this video.
Laughter is linked to heathy functions of the blood vessels.
Your heart works better (see page 110.)
And laughter can help prevent heart disease.
Here is a link to a paper about Laughter Yoga's positive use in psychotherapy. Proof positive that fake laughter is good medicine
Did you know that people are 30 times more likely to laugh in groups, than alone?
Other benefits include:
control high blood pressure and heart disease.
* Increasing stamina through increased oxygen supply
* Alleviates pain and gives a sense of well being by releasing endorphins, the body’s painkiller hormones.
* Effective antidote for depression, anxiety and psychosomatic disorders: laughter boosts the production of serotonin, a natural anti-depressant.
* Gives an excellent internal massage to the digestive tract and enhances blood supply to important internal organs like the liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and adrenal glands.
* Ensures good sleep and reduces snoring because laughter is very good for the muscles of the soft palate and throat
* Brings a happy glow to your face and makes your eyes shine with a thin film of tears which are squeezed from the lachrymal sacs during the act of laughter.
Too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. You cannot laugh too little, but you can laugh too much and put your body into destress. Laughing is a powerful form of exercise that gives you more of a cardiovascular workout than many "regular" aerobic activities. A typical Laughter Yoga session lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. Anything beyond 30 minutes is in the red zone and may adversely affect a lot of people, especially seniors. Use your common sense: no strain, no new pains.