Cynthia Newsome, Kansas City: For years, I knew about the importance of laughter and good health; but I have to admit that I had never heard of a laughter workout. Then, I met Maurine Pachter, a Laughter Yoga Instructor who invited me to her workout and I'm so glad she did.
I met this group of lovely ladies who were welcoming and in a great mood which set the perfect stage to begin laughing. We began with a group chant, "Ha, ha, ha, ho, ho, ho," then raised our hands over our heads and said, "Wheeee." Then we followed some fun commands e.g. laughing like a cowboy, wave like a beauty queen etc. Laughter really is the best medicine and it can change your perspective towards life and make you more positive and joyful.
During class when I first started laughing, I was trying and forcing myself to laugh and then I started thinking about funny moments and looking at the others laughing and it became more real. By the end of the workout my sides were aching because I was laughing so much. I truly enjoyed it.