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Laughter therapy. Have you tried it? Tuesday August 25, 2015

One of our Moodscope members is a Laughter Therapy coach and wants to tell everyone about the enormous benefits:

Laughter therapy is a revolutionary approach to laughter that allows us to enjoy the many benefits of hearty laughter in the same way that we enjoy a game of tennis, a gym workout, or a run. It allows us to laugh at will and is a fun, gentle and easy exercise system that stimulates laughter without jokes or comedy and without special clothing or equipment.

There are so many benefits:

Laughter is nature's stress buster. Considering that more than 80% of all illness today is stress-related, and that 80% of all prescription medicines are for stress-related conditions, laughter quickly reduces our stress levels and keeps them down. Thousands of scientific studies highlight the many benefits of laughter.

It's also good for the body. Laughter quickly reduces levels of toxic stress chemicals, releases a natural pain killer, provides an excellent cardio and aerobic workout, increases energy levels, oxygenates our blood and major organs, boosts our immune system and levels of cancer fighting cells, reduces blood pressure, improves our digestive and sexual performance, protects us from cancer, colds, viral ande bacgterial infection, speeds healing and has a positive effect on heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and asthma.

It's good for the mind. Laughter puts us in a positive state of mind with improved mental, learning, communication, empathy, creative and innovative capabilities. It boosts our emotional intelligence and allows us to operate at peak performance. It quickly reduces harmful negative emotions including fear, anger, distrust that lead to anxiety and depression. It increases positive emotions that make life a wonderful experience for us and those we come in contact with.

Extended hearty laughter causes our body to release a cocktail of hormones and neuropeptides into our blood that quickly reduce stress, make us feel good, boost our immune system and more. In 20 minutes of laughter we get natural and healing organic pharmaceuticals with no bad side effects – and it doesn't cost a cent.

Take a look, just go to Youtube and put in the words 'laughter therapy'. Have a laugh!

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Debs Tue, Aug 25th 2015 @ 6:59am

Thank you so much for this Pam - I feel like you're writing for me this morning. I did something very scary last night - I stood up in front of a big group of people and spoke into a microphone. It's the first time I've ever done that and my nerves made sure it was a pretty painful experience. And when id finished I just cried and told myself it was rubbish. I felt very low when I woke up - I'd slept badly, fretting about what had happened and was totally exhausted. But then I read your words and realised that I had fallen into the old habit of taking myself too seriously... An easy trap to fall into! I am so hard on myself sometimes, the standards are so high that I am almost doomed to failure before I even try. So I am going to start taking the pressure off myself - tell myself that I did ok for a first attempt and that next time it will be better and pat myself on the back. And then I'm going to laugh, lift the lid on the pressure cooker a little by watching some comedy and let those good hormones do their job to melt the stress away!
Thank you so much - a perfectly timed reminder!! With love xx

Julia Tue, Aug 25th 2015 @ 7:57am

Hi Pam. This is all news to me. Fancy laughter protecting us from cancer and boosting cancer fighting calls. I would be interested to see the academic papers about the physiological benefits on the body which you have listed, if one laughs. If I laugh at something I personally find funny, I do feel better I agree. At your laughter classes, do all the participants find the same jokes and things funny? My problem would be having to force myself to laugh at something I didn't find funny. But I am sure you and other laughter professionals have found a way round this. Can you tell me Pam what processional qualification one needs to teach laughter therapy? I am intrigued to know more about a therapy with such incredible benefits, both mentally and physically and would like to give my GP some info on it.

Leah Tue, Aug 25th 2015 @ 8:15am

Thanks for your blog. I agree laughter and humour are very important. I tried laughter yoga once and am not sure if it is the same as yoga therapy. For me it seemed to be about fake laughter, and I can't just laugh when nothing is funny or spontaneously laugh because others are laughing.
Could you explain how laughter therapy differs from laughter yoga.

Sally Tue, Aug 25th 2015 @ 8:58am

Dear Pam
I took your advice and googled 'laughter therapy', and have spent a happy hour doing some breathing exercises followed by a full blown 20 minute laughter yoga work out. I feel much better! I think for someone like me, who carries a lot of tension in their jaw, neck and shoulder area, this will be invaluable. Thank you so much!

Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Aug 25th 2015 @ 9:21am

Dear Pam, thank you for this reminder and as others have said 'who knew it could be so beneficial?'
I think we should download Michael Mackintyre, Mickey Flannigan or someone else who makes us laugh and set ourselves up for a great day ahead! Also, the fact that we can laugh out loud, at ourselves helps relieve tension!!
Thank you.

Lex Tue, Aug 25th 2015 @ 11:35pm

It is when we laugh uncontrollably that we feel most free.
Does anyone here have a 'funny' laugh?
My ex has a snuffle laugh with a gear change weeeeeeez when she breathes back in. It is quite enchanting.
Thanks Pam

Christina Mon, Sep 7th 2015 @ 12:28am

What a funny thing it is... The fact that we can laugh and if we all did more of this it would cut our cares in half... There's nothing quite so cheering as a smiling, happy face... One that's always spreading joy around the place... For when we laugh we seem to ease, the tension and the strain, we just let go, and feel refreshed to cope with life again...

The day before this blog I reached a milestone year but instead of accepting those long 30 years I just re - celebrated & advised everyone that is was my 21st as age like time is more of an enemy, the pair are the bane of my life...

Instead of this eating away at my insides I now just laugh at the thought of this & laugh at the fear I feel from this. XxX Christina ????

Christina Mon, Sep 7th 2015 @ 12:31am

The ?'s at the end was an emoticon (a heart), who knew they'd be recognised by 4 question marks, nope not I... Today I've learnt this fact. Today ain't half as I thought I'd feel it was.

Christina Mon, Sep 7th 2015 @ 12:35am

Pam I didn't read your blog just saw the word laughter & remembered I had the query verse which I thought you'd appreciate. I'm sorry for misleading those who read this just wanted to put that out there so I can sleep easy tonight X

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