FYI: Laughter Is The Best Medicine

FYI: FOR YOUR INFORMATION

My perspectives on various topics

that are health related

Topic: Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Tuesday February 16, 2010

I decided to talk about this topic because it is one that is very important. I say this, because there is someone (and maybe more than one person) who has written a book by that very title, Norman Cousins. He overcame a serious ailment/dis-ease in his life via laughter. I would highly recommend that you read his book and find out more about his challenges and imminent recovery. As children, we would all laugh at anything and everything, especially when we hear others, we’d copy-cat them. Laughter is also contagious! I absolutely love to laugh for no reason at all. Well, there really is a reason, and that is because it makes me feel good! You build up your endorphins (the happy hormones), get a cardiovascular workout if it is a long-lasting belly laugh, strengthens your abdominal muscles, relieves pain, etc (there are many other benefits that I have not mentioned, but these are the ones I know of).

I never knew about laughter yoga, until a workshop was given at my health food store. You can find a free group in your area by checking the website I listed.

This information is taken from the website www.laughteryoga.org

Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is sweeping the world and is a complete wellbeing workout.

The brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, a Physician from Mumbai, India, launched the first Laughter Club at a Park on March 13, 1995, with merely a handful of persons. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 Social Laughter Clubs in about 60 countries.

Laughter Yoga combines Unconditional Laughter with Yogic Breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.

Other great websites I found are:

www.laughtertherapy.com

http://www.laughterremedy.com

Also check out www.youtube.com and search for videos on laughter yoga and it will help you start to laugh for no reason.

Please be sure to spread the wealth, as health is wealth and what better way to do so then by giggling out loud and know that you are having fun while you are feeling naturally high and happy!

LAUGH TILL IT HURTS AND YOU EYES WELL UP AND THEN YOU WILL KNOW HOW GOOD IT FEELS!

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4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Interesting … I wonder if this would be a good form of therapy for those who are grieving?

    • 2

      rawsomegal said,

      thanks for your question
      yes, it would be 100 percent beneficial for anyone grieving, especially if you do it in a group
      with others and you don’t necessarily have to share what is going on in your life
      please look for a laughter yoga club in your area
      namaste!
      chef mindy aka ageless raw beauty

  2. 3

    hindy said,

    went to our first laughter yoga gathering. it
    was lots of fun, it felt sooo good to laugh.
    i’m sure my husband & i will go again. thanks
    mindy for telling us about it, keep laughing.
    “LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE”

    • 4

      rawsomegal said,

      thanks for sharing your thoughts on laughter yoga
      it is wonderful to do and keep on laughing for no reason
      ha-ha-ha……ho-ho-ho!!!
      namaste!
      chef mindy aka ageless raw beauty


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