While the adage “laughter is the best medicine” may seem trite, science has verified what traditional wisdom has long known: laughter can be one of the healthiest behavioral exercises available to us. The basis of most therapeutic laughter exercises, whether practiced individually or in groups, is in purposefully stimulating the physiological benefits of laughter on the body, including an increased immune response, muscle relaxation, and improving blood flow. Laughter yoga, most often practiced in groups, involves intentional laughter and includes breathing, stretching, and laughter exercises.
Laughter yoga is all about voluntary laughter--how you can learn to laugh even in the absence of humorous stimuli, and reap the extraordinary, scientifically proven benefits, which include stress reduction, pain relief, weight loss, heightened immunity, and, especially, enhanced mood: If you act...
With more than 400 laughter clubs across the United States alone, and 6000 groups worldwide, laughter yoga is growing in popularity. Besides being easy to do, laughter yoga can help to reduce stress, encourage a more positive outlook, and help you feel more refreshed and energetic.
In a world where there’s much to be taken seriously, it’s important to remember to laugh. Not to make light of the severity of war, discrimination, terror threats, or climate change, but to maintain a perspective that there is still much to be thankful for and to celebrate in your life.