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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

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

Happy Thoughts Happy Brain Happy Life

Our bodies are completely amazing. Did you know that we can change our brain chemistry through our thoughts and actions? Every thought releases brain chemicals By simply using laughter – whether you feel like laughing or not and practising positive thinking and gratitude daily we can alter our mindset and improve our psychological and emotional … Continue reading

Laughter In Babies

An interesting podcast on the research of laughter in babies. Did you know that visually impaired/deaf babies laugh and smile for the first time at around the same age as their seeing/hearing peers despite never seeing or hearing the action? Laughter and joy is innate in all of us and is our natural state of … Continue reading

Laughter Yoga in Palliative Care

This week I did a presentation and facilitated a Laughter Workshop for http://www.nacthpc.org.uk/ (National Association Of Complementary Therapists In Hospice And Palliative Care) at a meeting at Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds. Running regular laughter sessions at Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersfield can be challenging with the varying degrees of abilities but so, so hugely rewarding. Laughter … Continue reading

Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter in Mental Health

There are various studies that research the benefits of laughter for mental health and it is clear from the anecdotal evidence from participants in our workshops that laughter is a powerful tool in the fight against depression. Some people notice the benefits after just one session for some it takes several. It is a huge step for … Continue reading

Stress, cortisol and laughter.

Cortisol is essential for our overall health but with the stressful times we live in our bodies can have a cortisol overload which can be detrimental to our well-being. Stress is inevitable and some stress can even be beneficial enabling us to cope with life’s challenges. Our bodies are amazing self healers from wounds to … Continue reading

Laughter As A Complementary Therapy

“Laughter in and of itself cannot cure cancer nor prevent cancer, but laughter as part of the full range of positive emotions including hope, love, faith, strong will to live, determination and purpose, can be a significant and indispensable aspect of the total fight for recovery.” -Harold H. Benjamin, PhD From Humor Your Tumor (April, … Continue reading

Parkinson’s Disease And Laughter Yoga

Laughter is an incredibly powerful tool and has limitless applications to a huge variety of people and groups. In this study they looked at the benefits of Laughter Yoga for those with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. “Paired sample t-tests reveal statistically significant improvements in well-being for adults with PD and their caregivers after attending an … Continue reading

How Laughter Works