Laughter releases endorphins, giving us the ‘feel good factor’.
Unleashes inhibitions, breaks down barriers.
Great team building tool encourages better communication.
Helps boost our immune system, which helps us resist disease.
Tones muscles, improves respiration and circulation.
Encourages positive thinking and creativity.
Relaxes the whole body by reducing stress and tension.
Laughter Yoga uses a combination of laughter exercises and yoga breathing to train our diaphragm and abdominal muscles to breathe deeply. This increases the net supply of oxygen to body cells and can play a significant role in preventing cancer by increasing oxygen levels in the body cells.
- NORMAN COUSINS, publisher of “ Anatomy of an illness” while battling a fatal illness in 1964 , discovered that just 10 minutes of mirthful laughter gave him 2 hours of pain-free sleep.
- DR. WILLIAM P. FRY, psychiatrist, Stanford University, California was considered the father of ‘gelotology’ (the science of laughter). One of his studies confirmed that 20 seconds of intense laughter, even if ‘faked’, can double the heart rate for 3-5 minutes. One minute of intense laughter is equal to 10 minutes of jogging. Laughter provides good physical exercise and can decrease chances of respiratory infections.
- DR. LEE BERK PhD, Loma Linda University Medical Center studied the effects of humour therapy on heart attack patients. He divided them in two groups, one with just standard medical care while the other watched humorous videos for 30 minutes each day. After a year, the ‘humour group’ had fewer arrhythmias, lower blood pressure, lower levels of stress hormones, and required lowered doses of medication. The non-humour group had two and a half times more recurrent heart attacks than the ‘humour group’ ( 50% vs. 20%).
- DR. HUNTER (PATCH) ADAMS MD immortalised in film by Robin Williams, Patch inspired millions of people by bringing fun and laughter back into the hospital world and putting into practice the idea that “healing should be a loving human interchange, not a business transaction”.