A wonderful article appeared in the Spruce Grove Examiner in Alberta, Canada yesterday.
It follows Noel Cairney, an applied and therapeutic laughter coach and Laughter Yoga Teacher, on her discovery of the benefits of Laughter and how she now shares those skills in her own classes.
“If you believe you’re the happiest person in the room, guess what? You will be the happiest person in the room,” Cairney shared during the first session on Jan. 19.
The laughter leader spoke about the many mental and physical health benefits of laughter, which include reducing blood pressure, liberating immune-boosters, releasing endorphins to provide natural pain relief, secreting an enzyme that protects the stomach from ulcers, conditioning the abdominal muscles, and helping move nutrients and oxygen to body tissues. Overall, laughing makes people feel good, she said.”
“My husband had cancer and heart surgery, and one of the things that got me through was being able to look on the brighter side and laugh,” she explained.
She began learning about the benefits of laughter eight years ago. Cairney was on her computer one day when she saw a pop-up about a conference held by the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. It was being held in Disneyland, and she was in southern California at the time.
“I went to the conference and was sold,” she said.
While she was at the conference, she discovered the Laguna Laughter Club, a group which meets daily at Laguna Beach for “laughter yoga.”
She took part in the free drop-in group and fell in love with it.
This led the mother and grandmother to receive training from Dr. Madan Kataria, the creator of laughter yoga.”
To read the full article follow the link below.