With rapid rise in people adopting Laughter Yoga as a way to good health and happiness, it has reaffirmed the fact that laughter is the best medicine and those who practice laughing on a regular basis feel comfortable, relaxed and safe.
Laughter Yoga Atlanta director Celeste Greene conducts invigorating laughter sessions for a group of 40 people, who chant, clap and frolic together, while engaging in playful laughter exercises that promote wellness. According to Greene, the goal of Laughter Yoga is to bring more laughter into your life, because the more you laugh, the more you’re able to laugh at whatever life brings. It has the ability to ease anxiety and depression, while building unique connections with others.
According to Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist at University College London, one of the biggest benefits of laughter is that it feels really good to laugh. This is because it increases the supply of ‘feel good’ hormones endorphins and reduces the level of the stress hormone cortisol, which leads to a measurable increase in a person’s ability to tolerate pain.
Most participants at Greene’s Atlanta session reported feeling energised and happy. “It lifted my spirits in ways I had not anticipated,” said student David Randolph, a radiation oncologist. “It felt really good to connect with all these people that I had never met before,” he added.
Others also experienced a similar positive effect and felt that laughter can be a bonding experience among family or co-workers, friends or strangers. Laughter is a universal language that genuinely unifies and connects people.
Article courtesy: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/07/health/laughter-yoga-sw/index.html