Laughter therapy…10 videos to lift your spirits & reduce stress

Hello everyone! Now that covid-19 has hit and many of us are homebound, we may feel a bit sad and stressed. Did you know that laughing is one of the best things you can do? Yes, laughing is the best health advice ever. Laughing is so important that an entire branch of yoga has been created, known as “laughter yoga”. How do you do laughter yoga? Follow THIS LINK to learn more.


 

Experts advise us to…

LAUGH AT LEAST

15 MINUTES

EVERY DAY!

It has been scientifically proven

to make you healthier. Here’s how…

10 Health benefits of laughter

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Protects the heart
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Relieves pain
  5. Improves sleep quality and reduce insomnia
  6. Improves your social life
  7. Helps you lose weight
  8. Keeps you young
  9. Improves the creative process
  10. Improves memory

Here’s what laughing for

15 minutes/day

can do for you:

  •  Increase your pain tolerance by 10%
  • Equivalent to a 2 hour nap
  • Burn between 10 and 40 calories
  • Improves memory by up to 40%
  • Same as 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week

Here’s a video highlighting

10 benefits of laughter

Now that you know why laughter is so important, I’ve searched the internet and my previous posts for videos to help with your laughter therapy/yoga. I hope one of the following videos will bring a little joy into day. We need it now more than ever.

Dad at the Comedy Barn

I had tears in my eyes when I first watched this one.

Michael McIntyre

People with no kids don’t know

Jeff Foxworthy

Raising children

Robin Williams…

explains golf!

Bill Engvall

The “come to Jesus” meeting

David Dean

Men and women

Jeanne Robertson

This video is one of my personal favorites

Don’t send a man to the grocery store

Jeff Allen

Why teenagers are God’s revenge

Josh Sneed

Being fat has its benefits

The Skype Laughter Chain

This was recommended by my son!

This one would be perfect for a laugher yoga session.

MUST WATCH

I hope you enjoyed your

laughter therapy for today. 🙂

Have a wonderful day.

God Bless! Namaste!

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Laughter Therapy: Dad at the Comedy Barn

This article was originally posted last summer. The video is SO FUNNY! Enjoy!


Original Article

About a year ago, I posted an article about the benefits of laughing. Yes, other than being just plain fun, laughing has actual health benefits:

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Protects the heart
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Relieves pain
  5. Improves sleep quality and reduce insomnia
  6. Improves your social life
  7. Helps you lose weight
  8. Keeps you young
  9. Improves the creative process
  10. Improves memory

Laughing for 15 minutes every day can:

  • Increase your pain tolerance by 10%
  • Equivalent to a 2 hour nap
  • Burn between 10 and 40 calories
  • Improves memory by up to 40%
  • Same as 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week

If you’d like to see a video on the 10 benefits of laughter, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

So to help you out, toward your 15 minute goal for today, I have wonderfully funny, downright HILARIOUS video called DAD AT THE COMEDY BARN. (9 MINUTES)

Have a look, and I DARE YOU NOT TO LAUGH!

(Bet you laugh, A LOT!)

Look for this new series, Laughter Therapy, on occasion. Anytime I find something amusing, I’ll try to share it with you through this new series.

Until next time…Namaste my friends!

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Laughter Therapy: Strange Laughter with Tim Hawkins

Today’s video is with stand up comedian Tim Hawkins. Here is a quote from his youtube channel:

Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been forging the magical blend between two comedic ideals:A genuinely funny comedy show that caters to the entire family. Is it realistic? Hawkins believes so. With over 100 million views on YouTube, 120+ sold out shows every year, and a motley crew of 630K+ Facebook fans, Tim has started a gut-busting grassroots revolution of multi-generational proportions.

In today’s video, he discusses the difference types of strange laughs. His imitations will have you rolling with laughter. ENJOY! (Scroll to the bottom for the video)

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Original Article

About a year ago, I posted an article about the benefits of laughing. Yes, other than being just plain fun, laughing has actual health benefits:

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Protects the heart
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Relieves pain
  5. Improves sleep quality and reduce insomnia
  6. Improves your social life
  7. Helps you lose weight
  8. Keeps you young
  9. Improves the creative process
  10. Improves memory

Laughing for 15 minutes every day can:

  • Increase your pain tolerance by 10%
  • Equivalent to a 2 hour nap
  • Burn between 10 and 40 calories
  • Improves memory by up to 40%
  • Same as 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week

If you’d like to see a video on the 10 benefits of laughter, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Strange Laughter with Tim Hawkins

Until next time…Namaste my friends!

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Laughter Therapy: David Dean Talks about Men and Women

Today’s video is with stand up comedian David Dean. Here are a few quotes  from his website bio:

  • “David Dean has been doing stand-up comedy for over 25 years.
  • David has entertained troops at military bases all over the United States, Germany and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Over the last 10 years, David has led week long mission trips to the Dominican Republic.”

In today’s video, he discusses the differences in the sense of humor between men and women ENJOY! (Scroll to the bottom for the video)

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Original Article

About a year ago, I posted an article about the benefits of laughing. Yes, other than being just plain fun, laughing has actual health benefits:

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Protects the heart
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Relieves pain
  5. Improves sleep quality and reduce insomnia
  6. Improves your social life
  7. Helps you lose weight
  8. Keeps you young
  9. Improves the creative process
  10. Improves memory

Laughing for 15 minutes every day can:

  • Increase your pain tolerance by 10%
  • Equivalent to a 2 hour nap
  • Burn between 10 and 40 calories
  • Improves memory by up to 40%
  • Same as 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week

If you’d like to see a video on the 10 benefits of laughter, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

David Dean Talks about Men and Women

Until next time…Namaste my friends!

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How to do Laughter Yoga

I must admit, this one was a bit odd to me, and not something I’ve ever tried, until I sat down to research this post. I felt quite silly and made sure I was alone, as I was participating in the videos below. However, isn’t that the whole purpose…to be silly?

What I found? It was fun and my laughter, which began fake, became genuine in the end. As my research indicates, laughter is INCREDIBLY beneficial. You reap the benefits of an aerobic workout by GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS OF LAUGHTER. In other words, it doesn’t have to be genuine laughter, because your body can’t tell the difference.

Benefits of laughter – Shares benefits with aerobic exercise! (1)

  • The movement of the diaphragm floods the body with oxygen.
  • Releases the same endorphins which cause the effect known as “the runners high” In fact, it has been found that endorphins increase by approximately 27%
  • Research shows that HGH (the anti-aging – human growth hormone) increased by 87% when subjects THOUGHT ABOUT watching a funny movie.
  • Reduces stress hormone levels, such as cortisol and adrenaline.
  • A good laugh burns 3 1/2 calories
  • Exercises the abs, as well as the shoulders
  • Laughing for 15 seconds adds 2 days to your life
  • Helps eliminate negative emotions such as fear, sadness, and anger
  • Improves circulation and cardiovascular health
  • 15 minutes of laughter is equivalent to 2 hours of sleep

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The history of laughter yoga (3)

In 1995, Dr. Madan Kataria was writing an article entitled “Laughter – the best medicine”. He discovered the many wonderful, and proven benefits of laughter. Inspired by what he found, Dr. Kataria decided to test the impact of laughter on real individuals.

On March 13, 1995, he ventured to a local park, and recruited 4 people to start a “laughter club”. They began laughing in the park, and the group quickly grew to 50 participants. They began by standing in a circle, with one person in the middle telling jokes. As you might imagine, this didn’t work well, and within 2 weeks, they ran out of “material”.

Dr. Kataria went back to his research and discovered one important factor: your body can’t tell the difference between real laughter and fake laughter. Both ways produce the same benefits and beneficial body chemistry. So, he went back to his club and suggested they “act out” laughter for one minute and the results were wonderful.

For many individuals in the club, the fake laughter quickly became contagious and turned into genuine laughter. Instead of just one minute, they session went on for almost 10 minutes. It was after this class, that Dr. Kataria developed a routine and specific laughter exercises, developed around pranayama/yogic breathing, and laughter yoga was born.

What happens in a laughter yoga session? Here are the four steps. (2)

  1. Step 1: Clapping and Warming-up Exercises –  Full finger-to-finger and palm-to-palm clapping, with movements, chanting and rhythm
  2. Step 2: Deep Breathing Exercises – In between laughter exercises, participants do deep breathing exercises.
  3. Step 3: Childlike Playfulness – Acting in a childlike way or swinging arms up into a Y shape with “thumbs up in childish exuberance and exhilaration“.
  4. Step 4: Laughter Exercises – Three types of laughter exercises
    1. yogic laughter –  based on yogic breathing
    2. playful laughter – Convert forced laughter into genuine laughter, as well as reduce shyness/inhibition
    3. value-based laughter – Increase positive feelings

LIBERATING YOUR LAUGHTER TEDX TALK (12:55 MINUTES) – The benefits of laughter and history of laughter yoga, along with a short laughter yoga routine.  It’s interesting because she talks about her discomfort at laughing for no reason, saying it was “out of her comfort zone.” As I said above, you do feel a bit silly at first.

HOW TO DO LAUGHTER YOGA

4 STEPS OF LAUGHTER YOGA (5:42 MINUTES)

100 LAUGHTER YOGA EXERCISES (11 MINUTES) – This includes several routines to do on a regular basis.

Closing thoughts

Although this form of yoga is a bit unusual, it’s fun and literally anyone can do it! As you can see from the list of benefits, you really can’t go wrong with this one. After all, who doesn’t want the benefits of running….WITHOUT HAVING TO RUN?

Until next time…Namaste my friends.

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Source:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m5wsro7OPc
  2. https://laughteryoga.org/what-happens-in-a-laughter-yoga-session-2/
  3. https://laughteryoga.org/history-of-laughter-yoga/

Laughter Therapy: Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store ~ with Jeanne Robertson

Today’s video is with Jeanne Robertson, a former Miss North Carolina and Physical Education teacher, who is now a humorist and motivational speaker. If you’ve never heard her speak before, you’re in for a treat. In today’s video, she talks about when her husband, who she calls “Left Brain”, went to the grocery store for her. It is seriously funny, and one of my favorite clips. ENJOY! (Scroll to the bottom for the video)

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Original Article

About a year ago, I posted an article about the benefits of laughing. Yes, other than being just plain fun, laughing has actual health benefits:

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Protects the heart
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Relieves pain
  5. Improves sleep quality and reduce insomnia
  6. Improves your social life
  7. Helps you lose weight
  8. Keeps you young
  9. Improves the creative process
  10. Improves memory

Laughing for 15 minutes every day can:

  • Increase your pain tolerance by 10%
  • Equivalent to a 2 hour nap
  • Burn between 10 and 40 calories
  • Improves memory by up to 40%
  • Same as 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week

If you’d like to see a video on the 10 benefits of laughter, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store

~ with Jeanne Robertson

Until next time…Namaste my friends!

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