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Good Laugh, Good Health

“Laughter is a form of internal jogging. It moves your internal organs around. It enhances respiration. It is an igniter of great expectations,” according to Norman Cousins, author of "Anatomy of an Illness” published in 1979. Can a laugh a day, like an apple, keep the doctor away? William F. Fry, M.D., a pioneer in laughter research, thinks it helps. He claimed it took 10 minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter.

Benefits of Laughter Yoga:

  • Fun and Relaxed Exercise for Wellness and Happiness

  • Instant Stress-Reliever to Improve Immune System

  • Keeps You in A Cheerful Mood Through the Day

  • Oxygenates Brain and Body to Make You Feel Energized

  • Promotes a Positive Outlook in Life, Especially in Trying Times

Research and Articles

Does Laughing Have Real Health Benefits?

It may not be the best medicine. But laughter’s great for you, and it may even compare to a proper diet and exercise when it comes to keeping you healthy and disease free.

Give Your Body a Boost -- With Laughter

Feeling rundown? Try laughing more. Some researchers think laughter just might be the best medicine, helping you feel better and putting that spring back in your step.

New Study Proves That Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine

A little laughter can go a long way, a new study reveals.

We all know the mood-boosting benefits of a good laugh, but researchers at California’s Loma Linda University set out to find out if humor can deliver more than just comic relief. The study looked at 20 healthy older adults in their 60s and 70s, measuring their stress levels and short-term memory. One group was asked to sit silently, not talking, reading, or using their cellphones, while the other group watched funny videos.

Laughter therapy

What is laughter therapy?
We were born with the gift of laughter. Laughter is a natural medicine. It lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy. Laughter is a contagious emotion. It can bring people together. It can help us feel more alive and empowered.

Laughter therapy, also called humor therapy, is the use of humor to promote overall health and wellness. It aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort.

Body's response to repetitive laughter is similar to the effect of repetitive exercise, study finds

A new study looks at the effect that mirthful laughter and distress have on modulating the key hormones that control appetite.

LOL: Why You Should Laugh Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

For family caregivers, the mountains of laundry, the endless messes that need cleaned up, the rushing to doctor's appointments, the complete surrender of one's personal life and the painful process of watching a loved one's decline is no laughing matter. You may feel like crying more often than you feel like laughing.

Smile! It Could Make You Happier Making an emotional face—or suppressing one—influences your feelings

We smile because we are happy, and we frown because we are sad. But does the causal arrow point in the other direction, too? A spate of recent studies of botox recipients and others suggests that our emotions are reinforced—perhaps even driven—by their corresponding facial expressions.

Managing Conflicts with Humor Using Laughter to Strengthen Your Relationships and Resolve Disagreements

We've all heard that laughter is the best medicine, and it's true. Laughter relieves stress, elevates mood, and makes you more resilient. But it’s also good for your relationships. Laughter brings people closer together, creates intimacy, and is a powerful tool for managing conflict and reducing tension when emotions are running high. Whether with a romantic partner, friends and family, or co-workers, you can learn to use humor to smooth over disagreements, lower everyone's stress level, and communicate in a way that strengthens and deepens your relationships.

Laughter yoga helping the sick NEW LIFE:Laughing hard increases endorphine release, improves people’s mood, enhances their immune system and reduces stress hormones, a Taichung doctor said

More than 70 percent of the 30 cancer patients in a laughter yoga program reported sleeping better, experiencing less pain and feeling less depressed after taking some classes, Taichung Hospital said recently.

Laughter Yoga Is Now In Cancer Hospital Chicago

Laughter Yoga is ideally suited for those suffering from cancer because it does not involve humor which is mental phenomenon. when some one has cancer it is very difficult to find funny as the mind is in turmoil. This is where Laughter Yoga is much better way to laugh more for cancer patients because it is physically oriented technique.

Why laughter really is the best medicine

Cat videos. A tickle attack. Tina Fey doing basically anything.

Chances are at least one of these things has reduced you to a fit of giggles or you can think of something else that’s left your eyes watery and your abs aching. Think about how that felt — did all your muscles turn to jelly and your entire body relax? Did you momentarily forget your annoying day at the office?

Strangely Charming: The Science of Laughter

If you were anywhere near campus this weekend, you probably noticed around 1,500 extra bodies chirping around. This year’s crop of ProFros was the most competitive and will probably be the largest class ever to attend Stanford, and their delighted laughter could be heard all over campus. Rather than spending the article wallowing in nostalgia or attempting to leave pearls of wisdom for future students, I’d instead like to spend this time illuminating some recent scientific discoveries related to laughter. While laughter has been around for years, there is still much to be understood as to why it occurs, what its function is and how it affects people.

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