People who practice laughter therapy believe not only does it boost your mood, but it can also improve your health and general wellbeing as well.
Laughter is said to be the best medicine, but did you know there is science behind this expression? Well, when we laugh, our happy hormones –or endorphins– are released into our bloodstream. Endorphins lift our mood as when we work out.
Almost 30 years ago Dr. Madan Kataria created his Laughter club to test the benefits of laughter. They used to gather at a public park to tell jokes and funny stories and eventually passers-by started to join and the group grew from 5 to 50 members.
Though they eventually ran out of jokes, Kataria realized that laughing alone can help patients to reap some benefits, so they started acting out the laughing sounds until it became real and contagious –this resulted in laughter yoga.
Benefits of Laughter therapy
Laughter reduces stress, relaxes muscles, banishes tension and helps people sleep better. It might even boost the immune system, helps us breathe more oxygen and improve energy levels. It can also improve muscle tone and provide cardiovascular exercise –has your stomach ever hurt after laughing for a while?
- Laughter can reduce the effects of cortisol –the stress hormone. Laughing can also increase a type of white blood cell that fights off viruses and tumor cells to keep your body healthy.
- Laughter has also been proved to help reduce anxiety
- It also improves general health. People who practice laughter yoga showed improvement in their health reducing anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.
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