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The Healing Benefits of Laughter

According to research laughter has been proven to contribute substantially to boosting the immune system, reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and among many other things inspires us to see things in a fresh new way. It has the ability to “literally change our beliefs where we can  imagine previously unimagined possibilities” as attested to by Robert Holden. You knew the people in this video went home with a lighter step and a brighter outlook after this encounter.

Laughter Yoga is a worldwide phenomena spreading to the U.S., which is touted as a complete well-being workout combining  unconditional laughter with Yogic breathing.

Founded by the Indian Physician Mudan Kutaria in 1995, it is being used in India in schools and prisons and in the U.S. in elder care facilities, businesses and corporations to reduce stress, clear the mind, bring people together and build team work.( Can you imagine getting this curriculum into the U.S school system? They take class time for laugh sessions twice a day!)

Laughter Yoga is based on the scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between real and fake laughter. A person still receives the same physiological and psychological benefits.

People come together in groups to practice belly laughing without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. At first it feels contrived and awkward but before long it is contagious and you are freely laughing with a group of complete strangers. By the end the barriers are broken and you feel like you are in a room full of friends.

Laughter Yoga can most likely can be found in a neighborhood near you. Go to their web site to find a local group, join a weekly call-in group an on- line program. And…. it is free!

I encourage you to watch this gem of a video and start today by investing in the marvelous therapy of belly laughing and enjoy the positive physiological and psychological benefits of this free, easy feel good medicine!

Join my 30 Day Laughter Challenge

If you are not laughing enough, I invite you to join me for a 30 day laughter challenge. We  commit to belly laughing for at least 5 minutes twice a day and share our experiences.

Please share with us  your own experiences of how laughter transformed a situation in your life. Enjoy!

Other Healing Articles by Erica Sofrina:

The Healing Benefits of Hugging a Tree

The Healing Benefits of Walking Barefoot

*Dr Lee Burk, Loma Linda School of Medicine

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at www.ericasofrina.com.

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2:36PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

noted

4:19AM PDT on May 15, 2013

IT's the best medication

1:54AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thank you.

2:47PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

I had tears in my eyes I was laughing so hard at the video - what a great break from the stress of my day! I'm going to get a group together to do the 30 day challenge for sure and hope it sticks with me for the rest of my life.

2:14AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

thanks, hahahaha

7:24PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Sorry, Andy Kadir-Buxton, I was stunned at your suggestion. "The second way to achieve hysterical laughter is to blow one lung full of cigarette smoke into a party balloon, and then to hyperventilate with the balloon. Again laughter ensues and you feel much better for the experience. Both of these methods of improving emotional well being are legal at the moment"

Thus the previous post.

I agree, laughter is the healthiest thing anyone can have in their lives, but with two healthy lungs, please!

7:21PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

'Blowing one lung full of cigarette smoke in a party balloon, and then hyperventilate with the balloon and laughter ensues'????

And the other lung just hangs out not getting the joke?

1:07PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

ty

5:14AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Laughter is good for the heart....thanks for the article...

6:13PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

I Love to Laugh & be around People who DO Laugh and have a Great sense of humor!! So, many People nowadays are too Serious about Life in General - that's 'why' they're Stressed Out!! Easy to Laugh when You're around someone who has that unique sense of humor ALWAYS!! Remember - LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE!!! Works for Me!! ;-)

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