“Children laugh over 300 times a day whereas adults laugh only 15 times”. Dr. Kataria Laughter Yoga Specialist
Laughter really is the best medicine. So, if you are feeling flat, glum, irritable, grumpy or been way too serious lately, then this months dare is perfect for you. As for me, I simply need to lighten up some more, and it was this very thought which lead me on a fun journey, face to face, with laughter yoga.
The healing benefits are awesome so I’m super keen to enrol in the next upcoming laughter yoga training program down in New South Wales. It would be a perfect addition to my rejuvenation retreats. I’ve even discovered a laughter line created by Jackie Curran which you can call twice a week for a good belly laugh. What a fabulous idea. It’s time for us all to laugh more often, for absoutely no reason at all. I”ll laugh to that.
Ten Impressive Reasons To Laugh More Often:
- Laughter is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to relax your body.
- There is no right nor wrong way to laugh, anyone can do it. No skill required
- Laugh to reduce your stress and tension. Laughter really is a release.
- Laugh to feel young again. Yes, they say laughter is anti-ageing.
- Laugh to strengthen your immune system. Yep, its been proven.Your immune system is boosted for at least 12 hours after watching a funny movie.
- Laugh to let it go and move on. Literally laugh it off, you’ll feel better.
- Laugh to invite play and joy into your life. Kids laugh 300 times a day. How about you?
- Laugh to reduce depression. When you laugh your body releases endorphins so you actually start to feel better. Fake laughter works equally as well says Dr. Kataria.
- Laugh because life is too precious to be filled with excess seriousness
- A good belly laugh is great exercise – go figure. It works both the stomach and face muscles.
Did you know that Dr Norman Cousin has written a book sharing how you he laughed his way back to health (plus vitamin C) from an illness, in addition to discovering that 10 minutes of good laughter gave him 2 hours of a pain free body.
Grow Your Laughter Muscle:
Following are just a few ideas to get your “laughter ball” rolling.
- Find a laughter yoga club near you. Visit Dr. Kataria laughter yoga web site.
- Change your screen saver to something that brings a smile to your face.
- Put something funny beside your bed so its the first thing you see in the morning. Or simply have a photo with smiling faces.
- Draw smiley faces on “post it” notes and stick around your home and office. Laugh or even smile each time you see one.
- Download the sound of laughter onto your MP3 and laugh yourself silly whilst driving in your car.
- Watch funny movies, comedy shows and cartoons for at least a month
- Leave funny jokes for your children in their lunch boxes, for your family or work colleagues. Spread the laughter bug.
- Discover what makes you laugh. Learn more about your style of humour.
- Keep a journal and write all the funny things that happened to you each day
- Borrow joke books from the library to grow your laughter muscle
- Pull funny faces in the mirror first thing in the morning.
- Create your own laughter mantra. You can borrow mine. “The more I laugh the happier and healthier I become” by Carole Fogarty. Write it on a post it note and stick it on your tea cup or coffee mug.
- Laughter is contagious, visit friends that make you laugh
- Smile at everyone who looks at you, walks past you or catches your eye today
Thanks for reading my post. Carole
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