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Global Belly Laugh Day – January 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Posted by Bonnie Walke

Jan 22, 2015 2:05:00 PM

laughterLet out a great big belly laugh! It is that simple. Started by Elaine Helle as a way to encourage people who needed to laugh even if they didn’t feel like it, it is now a holiday celebrated around the globe.

Research tells us that kids laugh on average 200-400 time per day. Yet, by the time we reach adulthood, we average 4-20 daily laughs. Global Belly Laugh Day encourages you to add more laughter into your life and then share it with others.

Why celebrate laughter?  What are the health benefits of laughter?

Practicing laughter brings several health benefits. It reduces stress, improves mood, is good for your lungs, and helps your immune system; all that and it is just plain fun!  Laughter brings joy and offers physical and psychological effects. Laughter helps with:

    • Lowering blood pressure
    • Reducing particular stress hormones
    • Increasing vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
    • Working out the diaphragm, abdomen, respiratory system, face, legs, and back
    • Increasing alertness, creativity, and memory
    • Increasing memory and learning

Looking for a place to laugh or people to laugh with?

Try a class or a club.

Laughter Yoga combines deep breathing exercises, energetic stretching, and special laughter techniques. It is a cheerful take on traditional yoga practice. The concept was developed in 1995 by Indian physician Madan Kararia, nicknamed the Guru of Giggling.  He built on the knowledge that your body cannot distinguish between real and fake laughter. Laughter Yoga classes can be found all over the world.

Laughter clubs have also become popular. People meet at a designated time and space and laugh together. They do not rely on humor, but spend time being joyful and having fun. Many of these groups meet outdoors.

In our high tension, high pressure modern world, we don’t have many reasons to make us laugh. It is better to disconnect laughter from the reasons and conditions of life. Laugh for your health! Laugh for the fun of it!

Topics: Wellness