Therapy does help a lot, but Laughter Yoga turned out to be a very interesting way of changing brain chemistry. I have seen it with Tanaz and how it helped her to recover. The frequency of her relapses decreased after she started doing Laughter Yoga, her level of wellness, when she was in between episodes, was tremendous and her response to medicine greatly improved once she delved into Laughter Yoga. I was so impressed that I referred my patients to her.
The research seems to show that the place where laughter helps in the brain, where laughter happens in the brain, the surprise element of the joke, the movement of the facial muscles and the realization that something different is happening in the brain, all happens in areas like in the frontal lobe, the temporal lobe which are the same areas where we are doing all the research on depression. Now, it makes more sense that physiologically using a functional MRI you can see the same areas of the brain being affected by laughter that are affected by medication and illness.
There is a very big hope that indeed Laughter Yoga will make a very big difference. I would like to encourage people to try it out and hope there are more Laughter Clubs and more benefits for the people."" />