Why is Laughter Important?
Life is too short to be serious all the time. Let’s take some time every day to laugh to feel happier and healthier!
Nothing is more contagious than laughter. It makes you feel great and also the people around you. When you laugh, patients, customers and clients will see you as cheerful, and this makes you appear more approachable and caring. A good laugh has great short and long-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body.
Laugh without Jokes, Comedy or Humour
To get the most benefits and long lasting effects of Laughter - we need to learn how to laugh without jokes, comedy or humour. This ideas was started by Dr Madan Kataria in 1996 and developed into a very popular practice called Laughter Yoga. Laughter Yoga is a way to inisiate laughter through the body that influences the mind through simple laughter exercises and breathing practices. Read more below.
Building onto the Laughter Yoga - is the concept of Laughter Therapy and this is becoming a very popular complementary therapy. Read more below.
Laughter Yoga is a combination of easy laughter exercises and simple breathing and relaxation exercises (derived from yoga). There is no other connection to yoga. No yoga experience is necessary. You can practice Laughter Yoga at any stage of your life!
It is designed to teach the body to laugh without depending on comedy, jokes or humour. This is a simple, yet very effective body-mind technique that is scientifically proven to counter stress and boost the immune system.
The World-Wide Laughter Movement started in India in 1995 when Dr. Madan Kataria, a Mumbai physician, discovered the physical and psychological benefits enjoyed by his patients who had taken to heart his prescription for regular laughter. They were happier, healthier and more productive. With his wife, Madhuri Kataria, a yoga teacher, Dr. Kataria developed Laughter Yoga - which involves laughing for no reason at all.
What is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter has been used as a therapeutic tool for many years because it is a natural form of medicine. Laughter is available to everyone and it provides benefits to a person's physical, emotional, and social well being. Some of the benefits of using laughter therapy are that it can relieve stress and relax the whole body. It can also boost the immune system and release endorphins to relieve pain.
Additionally, laughter can help prevent heart disease by increasing blood flow and improving the function of blood vessels. Some of the emotional benefits include diminishing anxiety or fear, improving overall mood, and adding joy to one's life. Laughter is also known to reduce allergic reactions in a preliminary study related to dust mite allergy sufferers.
Laughter Therapy also has some social benefits, such as strengthening relationships, improving teamwork and reducing conflicts, and making oneself more attractive to others. Therefore, whether a person is trying to cope with a terminal illness or just trying to manage their stress or anxiety levels, laughter therapy can be a significant enhancement to their life.