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Laughter Yoga – A Tonic For DepressionMt Waverley’s Catie Morrison has organized a Laughter Yoga session on January 31, 2015, as part of a social event to help improve the wellbeing of those trying to battle depression.

The event is part of a social enterprise Ms Morrison started in 2014 called Doing Defies Depression. She said she had experienced depression and now wanted to help other people improve their quality of life through laughter.

Natalie Evans, who will lead the session, said Laughter Yoga is about letting yourself go. It fosters a positive and hopeful attitude with increased optimism. This makes the world seem a wonderful place full of fun and interesting people and great potential for achievement and happiness. In this state one is less likely to succumb to feelings of depression and helplessness.

Often associated with high stress levels, depression-linked worry and negative emotions can further increase stress to dangerous levels. Laughter Yoga is a powerful remedy to counter the negative effects of stress. It elevates the mood state instantaneously and lifts the spirits which enables one to perform better and succeed in any field of work.

Depression is often associated with physical pain and feelings of despair. Practicing Laughter Yoga releases endorphins, a natural form of opiate, into our bloodstream. This provides substantial pain relief for hours and provides a feeling of happiness and safety.

Article source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east/laughter-yoga-in-mt-waverley-a-tonic-in-battling-depression/story-fngnvlxu-1227197206294?nk=600daad1f86c4398749db3977ab2f368