Laughter Yoga Articles

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“Mirthful Laughter,” Coupled With Standard Diabetic Treatment, Raises Good Cholesterol And May Lower Heart Attack Risk

This is an interesting study in the American Physiological Society looking at how mirthful laughter affects diabetes, good cholesterol and heart attack risk.. The full research paper can be found here:http://www.the-aps.org/mm/hp/Audiences/Public-Press/Archive/09/13.html “The study suggests that the addition of an adjunct therapeutic  mirthful laughter Rx (a potential modulator of positive mood state) to standard diabetes care … Continue reading

Benefits of Laughter Yoga for stroke patients

“With limited resources and challenges facing health practitioners working with stroke patients, more creative and innovative interventions are required. Although it is normally only considered cliché that “laughter is the best medicine,” specific medical theories and documented research attribute improved health and well-being to laughter. This study examined the biopsychosocial impact of laughter yoga and … Continue reading

‘How I (re)learned to laugh’ – Article

Never done Laughter Yoga before and wondering what it’s like? This is a great read. Robyn shares her experience of having a private one to one session with Lotte Mikkelsen. =D “I can’t remember the last time I had a really good laugh. You know, the kind of unbridled, cry-laughing where your knees buckle and you … Continue reading

Social laughter is correlated with an elevated pain threshold

” Abstract Although laughter forms an important part of human non-verbal communication, it has received rather less attention than it deserves in both the experimental and the observational literatures. Relaxed social (Duchenne) laughter is associated with feelings of wellbeing and heightened affect, a proximate explanation for which might be the release of endorphins. We tested … Continue reading

The Healing Power Of Laughter In Death And Grief

Following on from my laughter session at Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersfield today here is a great article taking a look at “The Healing Power Of Laughter In Death And Grief”. My sessions at the hospice change depending on the people attending but include lots of playfulness. Hospices aren’t just a place of dying – they are … Continue reading

Using Laughter As A Tool To Overcome Social Anxiety

Using Laughter As A Tool To Overcome Social Anxiety “At the Social Anxiety Institute, we recognize the benefits of laughter (i.e., sense of humor and comedy) to overcoming social anxiety. The inclusion of laughter in the therapy group is very helpful, and the knowledge that there are laughter clubs throughout the world can serve as … Continue reading

The Power Of Laughter In The Workplace

THINK HUMOUR’S GOT NO PLACE IN A CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT? YOU’RE HAVING A LAUGH, SAYS SIOBHAN HAMMOND OF CREATIVE AGENCY BERGHIND JOSEPH. by Siobhan Hammond “When we embark on our voyage into adulthood and become working men and women, laughter and play become less important. It’s as though, as soon as we pass the threshold of … Continue reading

How Laughter Boosts The Lymphatic System

http://lymphaticmassagenyc.com/node/123 “The field of lymphology is still in its infancy in the USA and New York, but this is not true in Europe. Biophysical studies there have shown that belly laughter accomplishes the diaphragmatic breathing necessary (diaphragm fluttering up and down at a very quick rate) to create a strong negative pressure within the thoracic … Continue reading

The Health Benefits Of Laughing

“Laughter replaces the stress hormone (cortisol) with feel good hormones (dopamine and serotonin). The perfect antidote to depression, laughter promotes vascular dilation and strengthens your heart. It also multiplies IgA and T-cells, active participants in immunity. Laugh till your stomach hurts – it will give your abs a good workout and get you that toned … Continue reading

How Self-Initiated Laughter Can Make You Feel Better

This is a great article from Psychology Today looking at the benefits of self initiated laughter which is exactly what we do in Laughter Workshops and clubs. Here is an extract but it really is worth reading the whole article: “Long ago, Indian yogis intuitively struck upon the physiological and psychological benefits of spontaneous voluntary … Continue reading