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You've got to laugh! Friday January 23, 2015

Laughter therapy is probably the best thing that ever happened to me.

You cannot laugh and be depressed at the same time. TRY IT! Where you are sitting right now - start laughing, be it a small giggle which develops into hearty laughter or laughter pushed from your tummy all the way up - do it for about 1 minute. How do you feel?

The real beauty of laughter therapy is the FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT aspect. You don't have to be really laughing you can start by pretending to laugh. Your brain doesn't know the difference and the affects are the same. The more you do it – the quicker the laughter becomes genuine. When I'm laughing I become a more compassionate person and in turn more humble. I generally become the person I really want to be.

I have a knee problem which can be quite debilitating at times and the last thing I feel like doing is laugh. However, there are a couple of laughter exercises I do which really help me get some pain relief. Norman Cousins published a book in 1979 called "Anatomy of an illness". He described a potentially fatal disease he contracted in 1964 and his discovery of the benefits of humour and other positive emotions, in battling it. He found, for example, that ten minutes of mirthful laughter gave him two hours of pain-free sleep.

There are so many benefits. 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 and bacterial infection, speeds healing and has a positive effect on heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and asthma.

It boosts our emotional intelligence, allows us to operate at peak performance and 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.

I can go on and on and on because it is such an exciting extensive subject but to actually see what I am talking about look up "laughter therapy" on YouTube. Participate with the videos that come up. Then look for a laughter therapy coach in your area. You will never look back.

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Hopeful One Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 @ 6:19am

Hi Pam- an illuminating post.I could not agree with you more." Laughter is the best medicine" without any shadow of a doubt.Or as I like to think "a laugh a day keeps the doctor away"One could also look up Laughter Yoga on You tube if one likes to do things if it has a Yoga wrapper.. The levels of endorphins one can generate could be pretty impressive .I was going to say as good as the Big O.We do this exercise in the warm up to our " Singing for the Brain " session at the Local Alzheimer Group and the effect is palpable both for the carers and the sufferers.It relaxes the vocal cord too and everyone sings with a full voice.

Harmony Blackwell Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 @ 6:24am

Hi Pam, Thanks for sharing. I'm a laugher who experiences such freedom because the more I laugh, the better I feel! My family tells people that I laugh at anything, which makes me laugh and then they say, "see, I told you"! LOL!!

The Entertrainer Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 @ 9:28am


Anonymous Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 @ 10:00am

My friend is like you, Harmony! I always say to her " you even laugh when I say raspberry! " and she does! A positive person, like you!! Xx

Anonymous Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 @ 10:07am

I've just lol'd as I thought I'd have a lookie-see what the laughter yoga was about on the's really must try it...I was laughing at the people laughing. I've often noticed this when with little children. If you start laughing with them, especially babies, they start smiling then laughing too! Even my dog feels the happiness when I'm laughing...he starts wagging his tail!! I want to watch a funny programme and start laughing again..especiakly now that I have seen a university's project which showed 100 laughs burnt off 150 calories against 10 minutes cycling with an average 49 calories burnt!!!! Laugh away chums, laugh away!
Hopefully you'll see less of me tomorrow!! Karen :)

Mary Blackhurst Hill Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 @ 8:38pm

Chuckle! Now surely there is a txt abbr. for that! I've just found out from my son that XD is closed eyes smile - but it could equally be a laugh with eyes closed.....

green jean Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 @ 9:12pm

What a great suggestion, I was feeling really anxious this morning when I read that but it's true Laughter is such therapy, it even made me smile reading it. Have had a much better day than I could have imagined
Thank you so much - green jean

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