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Laughter Therapy

Laxmikant V. Pawar

Certified Laughter Trainer

4 min read

We’ve always heard ‘Laughter is the best medicine’, but have you ever wondered why? You laugh when someone tickles you, or you hear something funny or see something that amuses you. Laughter is the physiological response to humour. We can respond to either spontaneous or stimulated humour. Laughter therapy is all about stimulated humour that is scientifically proven in medical treatments also. Let us understand laughter and explore the impact it has on our overall health.

What is laughter therapy?

Research states that the more we laugh, the better off we are. When we laugh, our blood pressure rises, and we breathe faster, which sends more oxygen to our body. The effects of exercise and laughter are very similar, and if you combine the two, it can boost UR heart rate too! Laughter yoga is an excellent example of how we can accomplish this.

It’s a technique that uses a combination of fun, stress and tension relieving laughter exercises. With UR regular yoga, a gentle breathing and stretching exercise, rhythmic clapping and saying ‘hohoho’ or ‘hаhаhа’ in unison imitate laughter, is a part of laughter yoga. As we laugh, we release the feel-good hormones known as Endorphins.

For all the sceptical people out there, conduct this small experiment. Whenever you are stressed, anxious or afraid start saying ‘ha ha ho ho’ for twenty seconds, doing so will definitely put you at ease and clears UR head of all those worrisome thoughts. Adapting this technique into UR daily routine will put a spring in UR step.

Ways To Indulge In Laughter

Ways To Indulge In Laughter

Laughter is contagious, and alongside is one of the sweetest antidotes to stress. Also, it is the fastest way to bring the body and mind into balance. Adding humour to life helps in being more grounded, focused and alert. Some ways to indulge in laughter are pranks, practical jokes, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, theatre plays, entertaining movies, sarcasm, short stories, anecdotes and many more.
Regardless of whether it improves our health, or boosts our energy levels – laughter can improve our quality of life.

Health Benefits Of Laughter Therapy

Mental Health Benefits
  1. Add Joy And Zest To Life: Laughing helps to rev up UR mood and make you feel relaxed. Due to the endorphins, we quickly lighten up.
  2. Eases Anxiety, Tension And Stress: Laughing is an excellent stress buster by making you feel calmer and therefore, less stressed.
  3. Strengthens Resilience: Tackle the harsh situation in life with humour often open doors to new perspectives. You feel more secure and can handle tough situations more confidently.
  4. Improves Mood: The feel-good hormones help to fight depression and reduces panic. If an anxious person even forces a laugh, their level of fear will be decreased almost instantly.
Physical health benefits

Physical health benefits

  1. Boosts Immunity: Laughing boosts immunity in the body and grooms positivity. It fights serious mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
  2. Lowers Stress Hormones: Endorphins, the feel-good hormones help you to reduce the levels of cortisol in the body, hence promoting overall wellbeing.
  3. Decreases Pain: When you are in pain, UR body automatically produces endorphins to counter it. Laughter further stimulates the production of endorphins, thus reducing any pain UR body might be feeling or going through.
  4. Relaxes UR Muscles: Our body language gives away the clue of being under pressure or moody. A hearty laugh relaxes you, increases circulation and aids in relaxing our muscles.
  5. Prevents Heart Disease: With the overall improvement in blood circulation and heart rate, coupled with lower blood pressure, the health of UR heart improves significantly.

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Social benefits

  1. Strengthens Relationships: Our sweet memories are often the ones we share a moment filled with laughter with our loved ones. Laughing together creates a certain kind of bond and makes it easier to converse and resolve conflict.
  2. Spreads Positivity: Laughter is contagious; every time we see people laughing and smiling, we remember our own memories. It gives us hope and positivity.
  3. Enhances Teamwork: Smiling and laughing makes it easier to blend in and not be offensive or rude. Smiling always build teamwork as communication gets simpler and comfortable. Welcoming new members with a smile will put them at ease and bring out their true potential.
  4. Helps Defuse Conflict: A small laugh opens many doors of effective communication. It acts as a tool to break the awkwardness, builds trust and patiently listens to perspectives.
Did you know?

Did you know?

  • According to a research, couples that tackles stress with laughter set relationship goals.
  • Just 10 to 15 minutes of laughing a day can burn up to 40 calories and help in weight loss.
  • Sense of humour can be a genetic trait.
  • Science proves that laughter is contagious.
  • An uncontrollable fit of laughter can cause cardiac arrest or asphyxiation also.