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The Healing Power of Laughter Therapy

Chitrangada writes to spread awareness about healthy lifestyles. Yoga and walking have physical, mental, and spiritual benefits at any age.

Laughing Buddha

Laughing Buddha

Acrostic Poem on Laughter

Laugh, as often as you can,

A good laugh can heal,

Unite you, with others,

Guarantee you with,

Healthy, happy heart,

There is no language barrier,

Everyone can understand,

Relate and respond, with a laugh.

Word Prompt—Laughter

My fellow writer and dear friend, Brenda, has provided us with another wonderful word prompt, for this week—Laughter.

Brenda is a wonderful creative writer, and has composed many beautiful poems, on HubPages and other online writing platforms. She is right, when she says that word prompts, help creativity.
Her weekly word prompts have inspired many fellow writers, and there is a continuous flow of good creative writing, by them.

My response is slightly different this time, as I wanted to highlight the importance of ‘Laughter therapy.’ But, there is one small acrostic poem too.
Hope you like my little effort, Brenda.

Child’s laughter is one of the best sounds

Child’s laughter is one of the best sounds

The Importance of Laughter

”Laughter is the best medicine.”

Yes, we have heard this quote several times. And, we also believe in it.
But, how many of us sincerely follow this rule?
During the course of our lives, we often forget to even smile— What to say about laughter!
In a World full of anxieties, stress, tensions, hatred, jealousy, competition, lust, anger and all other such negative emotions, it has been observed that, laughter takes a back seat.

We are quite well aware, that to remain healthy, it’s important to be happy.
That brings me to the question—When did I have a hearty laugh?
Well, on many occasions. But, perhaps the most hearty laughs were, during the childhood days of my kids, and my own.
Children have a magical power, when you are around them, and which will make you laugh, even without any reason.

The laughter of the children, is the most beautiful sound for the parents. Children find humour in almost everything. They enjoy rhyming poetry, fairy tales, silly or stupid situations, in play, in funny actions, and what not. In other words, they don’t need any specific reason to be happy, playful, or enjoy a hearty laughter.
But, as they grow, and mature or develop into more thinking individuals, the behaviour changes, and keeps on changing. So much so, that the young adults have to be reminded to take things easy, relax, smile and laugh.
No doubt, they do laugh, but the laugh is not spontaneous, but planned or forced.

Laughter therapy or Laughter Yoga

Laughter therapy or Laughter Yoga

What is Laughter Therapy

  • According to Wikipedia, “Laughter is a physical reaction, consisting usually of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm, and other parts of the respiratory system. It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli.”
  • Laughter can happen mostly due to positive emotions, such as happiness, achievements, jokes, pleasures, togetherness etc.
  • Laughter is believed to be the best medicine, because it happens only, if a person has a positive state of mind.
  • Laughter stimulates the internal organs, such as lungs, heart, muscles, veins etc. It enhances our oxygen intake, and relieves stress and tensions.

Have you heard about Laughter therapy?

  • Laughter yoga or Commonly called as Laughter therapy, is an exercise, which involves voluntary laughter.
  • It is believed that laughing voluntarily provides the same benefits, which normal laughter provides— both psychologically and physiologically.
  • It is usually practised in groups, with all participating. They look at each other, have eye contact, and one can say, each one motivates the other, to laugh, by their gestures.

Laughter Therapy for healing

Laughter Therapy for healing

How to practice Laughter Yoga

  1. Laughter yoga is usually performed in a group. The venue can be a park, a garden, a clubhouse, or any such place, which can accommodate many people together, comfortably.
  2. A trained coach, or a yoga instructor helps the people in conducting the laughter yoga therapy.
  3. The purpose is to promote joy, enjoyment and enthusiasm among the participants.
  4. The sessions begin with simple breathing exercises, with techniques, clapping, making definite sounds vocally, or with hands. This includes clapping, in a rhythm, chanting specific sounds in a rhythm, as instructed by the yoga coach.
  5. Some actions might sound silly, but leaving the ego behind helps to perform such actions.
  6. I have seen people coming out of the laughter yoga sessions, with a smile on their face, their physical and mental self completely relaxed.
  7. There is no downside, no side effects of this therapy. Rather an enhanced will power, and a positive attitude.

** “Laughter is and always will be the best form of therapy.”

—Audrey Hepburn

** “The laughter of a child is the light of the home.”

—Author Unknown

** “Happiness, laughter and joy abound, when family, friends and lovers are around.”

—Amy Davis

Laughter yoga therapy, source: YouTube

© 2021 Chitrangada Sharan

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