Wellbeing through Laughter
How do you feel when you smile? A warm, inner glow perhaps. Does the feeling intensify when you laugh? When you are with other people who are laughing, it becomes contagious as it becomes a shared experience. It feels good, doesn’t it. It’s very difficult to feel anger when you are laughing. In general everyday situations we may only laugh for a number of seconds at a time, but in Laughter Yoga Maggie Thompson (Merrie Maggie) does laughter exercises (based on everyday activities) combined with deep breathing that lasts minutes. In fact, laughter for 10-minutes a day is recommended to help bring about the health benefits that result. Such as:
- More energy
- More optimistic
- Heightened mood
- Positive outlook
Through the combined activity of laughter and deep breathing, the body sends messages to the brain that then releases Endorphins around the body – the ‘feel-good’ sensation we feel when we laugh. This boosts our immune system resulting in real health benefits, particularly in combating the effects of stress.
6 June 2016 – Laugh England Day (Part of a week-long laughter festival) – Plans are being made to hold a 30-minute session in Birmingham city centre. Please click on below link for further details: