12 Mental and Physical Health Benefits Of Laughter Yoga

Laughing your way to good health – and mental strength – is definitely possible by practicing Laughter Yoga.

The saying “Laughter is the best medicine” is actually true!

Laughing on purpose (Laughter Yoga) transforms lives – living a healthier, happier, and prolonged life.  Best of all it is totally accessible.

1. Change Your Mood

Laughter Yoga can be taken part in even if you are not happy and feeling glum.  Our brains don’t know the difference between intentional laughter and real genuine laughter.
Boosting positive chemicals inside us when we laugh on purpose is a real bonus to help you.  This is a one of the key bonuses of Laughter Yoga and why so many people continue to do it to ward off anxiety and depression.

2. Dissolves Stress

The big one is stress relief.

Stress and overwhelm is so common and creates high levels of the stress hormone cortisol – have too much of this and it’s potentially harmful to your body – creates illness.

3. Immune System Booster

Fight those infections off – Laughter boosts the number of natural killer cells – prolonged laughter boosts antibodies.  Reducing general illnesses.

4. Cope Better

Coping with challenging situations becomes much easier to be able to dissolve situations which are out of your control, all through laughter.

5. Pain Killer

The release of endorphins enables pain to ease.  Norman Cousins was a great example of this and laughed to enable him  to sleep without pain – he wrote this book about his experience “Anatomy of an Illness”.

6. Heart Health

Activating your blood pressure by laughing on purpose.  Boosting it then reducing it with the relaxation laughter provides.  Laughter improves both the oxygen supplied to heart and also our blood circulation.

7. Brilliant Happy Exercise

Effectively working the heart and blood circulation for those less able-bodied, Laughter Yoga is a perfect exercise routine.  An aerobic activity which you can take part in sitting or standing and is totally accessible.

Indeed, our YouTube video for Henshaws blind charity has been viewed over 3500 times!

8. Brain function

With more oxygen taken in when we laugh, our brains work better.  This enables creativity and concentration.  Hence why school pupils increasingly benefit from regular Laughter Yoga.

9. Natural Pain Killer

Laughter increases the levels of endorphins, which are our body’s natural painkillers. These endorphins may help to reduce the level of pain in people.  In some it also helps the severity and frequency of migraine headaches.

10. Breathing

You’ll be breathing deeply which means your lungs are emptied of old stale air.  Your lung capacity will increase too!  This ultimately means your lungs become healthier the more you laugh.

11. Increased relaxation and sleep

Laughter is a natural relaxant – not only great for all your muscles but also for your brain.  You’ll most likely sleep better.

12. Exercise Facial Muscles

Laughter easily tones your facial muscles – there’s not many exercises which can do this.  You’ll also receive an increased blood supply to your face – so getting a beautiful flow – which is why jolly people often appear younger!

Want to be healthy and happy and live a long life? “Laughter is the best medicine”

For more information on Laughter Yoga sessions, happiness workshops
and Bollywood Laughter Yoga Dance
contact Sara Kay – happy@seriouslaughter.co.uk
or call 07974 778091