Saturday, March 28, 2009

Laughter really the Best Medicine?


Humans were designed to laugh. Laughter is nature's stressbuster. It lifts our spirits with a happy high that makes us feel good and improves our behavior towards others.
Just a few generations ago happy healthy humans spent 20 minutes a day or more in laughter. Now adult daily laugh-time is down to 5 minutes or less in many countries. This is one of the worst aspects of 'modern life'.

Laugh yourself healthy. We all know that laughter makes us feel good. A regular 20 minute laughter session can have a profound impact on our health and wellbeing. Laughter is gentle exercise. It fill your lungs and body with oxygen, deep-clears your breathing passages and exercises your lungs. This is really important for people who don't get regular aerobic exercise.
When we laugh our bodies release a cocktail of hormones & chemicals that have startling positive effects on our system. Stress is reduced, blood pressure drops, depression is lifted, your immune system is boosted & more. Western science is just starting to discover the great effects of laughter.

Anyone can laugh without reason. Laughter exercises almost always lead to real laughter, especially when practiced in a group.
Laughter is practiced around the world at laughter clubs, laughter studios, in the workplace and in many specialized applications including schools, government departments, military & police, hospitals & hospice and more. There are more than 5000 laughter yoga clubs and studios in more than 50 countries with new venues opening daily.

LaughSA provides Laughter Sessions in clubs, old age homes, hospitals, schools and other venues. We also provide corporate seminars on the benefits of laughter in the workplace to develop management and team performance.
We arrange training and certification of laughter leaders, guides, therapists and coaches in South Africa. We can arrange laughter retreats, workshops and keynote speeches.
How does laughter work? Our bodies are hardwired with some surprisingly powerful natural reactions to extended hearty laughter.

What does hearty laughter do to our body, mind & emotions?

-Provides a powerful cardiac workout
-Boosts oxygen intake, all major organs are fully oxygenated leaving us bursting with energy.
-Blood pressure normalizes, circulation improves and resting pulse rate drops.
-Reduces stress levels by 50% or more quickly --- they often remain reduced for days .
-Makes us more stress resistant and able to cope with stressful situations.
-Releases large quantities of endorphins that create a positive mental state and reduce aches & pains.
-Quickly increases motivation, self confidence, communication skills, innovation and creativity
Barriers between groups who laugh together disappear and they bond into cooperative teams with strong feelings of caring and wanting to help one another.
-Depression is lifted – even chronic depression may be reversed over a period of weeks.
Aggression subsides and new tools to manage anger are learned.
-Immune, digestive & sexual systems are activated and boosted.
-There is a fast and substantial boost in levels of immune cells that attack cancer, infection and virus.
-The lymphatic system is massaged further boosting the immune system.
-Laughter coaching practitioners report that they get sick far less often.

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