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.
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!
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!
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