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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.
This week, I am a bit late in my response. I have enjoyed reading responses by other writers, and they are all awesome.

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

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 10, 2021:

Hello D S!

I am sorry, I missed your comments earlier!

You are right in your observations, about laughter yoga therapy! The morning walks are delightful, with those people practising it! Pleased to read your comments!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 07, 2021:

Hello Peggy!

Thank you for sharing your experience about the laughter yoga therapy. I am pleased to read your comments.

Appreciate you for reading and appreciating the article.

Thank you and have a great weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 07, 2021:

Hello Denise!

I am glad that you liked the information about the laughter yoga therapy. Yes, it has many health benefits. You are right that, the elderly need to laugh. Sometimes, they feel so lonely.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Much appreciated.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 05, 2021:

Laughter really is good for the soul. We have attended some laughter therapy groups pre-pandemic. It was fun!

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 05, 2021:

I don't believe I have ever heard of Laughter Yoga but I do believe it could be beneficial. When I feel like laughing I put on an old comedy movie that I know will make me laugh. When I painted with the elderly I always brought new (clean) jokes to tell them to make them laugh. The elderly need to laugh more than most. Thanks for the reminder.

Blessings,

Denise

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 05, 2021:

Hello Mary!

So good to read your positive comments. I am glad that you liked my response, and agree with the benefits of the Laughter yoga therapy.

Wishing you smiles and laughter. Thank you and good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 05, 2021:

Thank you M G Singh ji, for appreciating my response. I am glad you liked it.

Much appreciated. Have a good day!

MG Singh from UAE on August 05, 2021:

This is a nice article away from the normal milieu. Laughter they say is the best medicine and so it is

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 04, 2021:

I'm happy to know more about laughter and its benefit to our health. I will certainly pursue laughter yoga. Thanks for the info.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 04, 2021:

Thank you so much Nithya, for reading and sharing your thoughts.

I am glad that you liked the information about the laughter yoga therapy, and also the poem. Laughter yoga therapy clubs are very common and quite popular here, in Delhi. I always enjoy watching the senior citizens, practising this, during my morning or evening walks.

Appreciate your comments and support. Thank you.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 03, 2021:

A wonderful response to Brenda's word prompt "laughter". Laughter is the best medicine and it helps to get us out of a gloomy situation. Children know how to enjoy life and laugh. We as adults have forgotten how to enjoy life and take time to breathe and relax. I love the idea of laughter yoga therapy, it must be a rejuvenating experience. I enjoyed reading the acrostic poem, beautifully expressed.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Thank you John, for reading and appreciating the article. I am glad that you liked my response to the word prompt.

Wish you a happy day. Thank you for your support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Hello Vidya Ji!

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article. I am glad that you liked my response.

You are right that laughter yoga therapy has become very popular. Here, in the walking and jogging parks, it’s a unique and pleasant experience to watch people practising this therapy.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Have a good day. Thank you so much.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 03, 2021:

This article is a wonderful response to Brenda's "laughter" prompt. Well done Chitrangada. Laughter certainly is the best medicine.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Hello Manatita!

Many thanks for reading and appreciating the article and the poem. I am glad that you liked the reference to the laughter yoga therapy.

Always a pleasure to read your thoughts. Thank you so much.

Have a wonderful day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Hello Brian!

Good to read your comments. I am glad that you liked my response to the word prompt, laughter. Laughter yoga therapy is very popular these days, especially among the senior citizens.

Appreciate your thoughts about the need to be happy, smile and laugh often.

Thank you for your kind visit and appreciation of the article. Have a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Hello Brenda!

So glad to read your thorough analysis of the article. Pleased to know that you liked my response, including the poem. This one is slightly different, and I am happy to read the comments from the fellow writers.

Thank you for sharing the link in your article, and also for the motivation.

Have a wonderful day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Hello Linda!

Thank you for your presence here. I am glad that you liked the information about laughter yoga therapy. You can find more information about this on internet, through articles and videos. It has many health benefits.

Appreciate your kind words. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Hello Lora!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this article. Yes, laughter yoga has many health benefits, and I have seen the senior citizens practising it in the parks, during my walks.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for your encouraging words and support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Hello Emme!

Good to read your comments, and thanks for your presence here.

You are right that as we grow older, we don’t smile and laugh, as much.

Thank you so much for your insightful comments. Appreciate you for reading and appreciating the article.

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 03, 2021:

A very interesting article on the health benefits of laughter, Chitrangada. I loved the acrostic poem and the picture of the laughing Buddha. Yes I have heard that Doctors nowadays recommend laughter therapy for certain mood disorders, anxieties and depression as laughter increases endorphins in the body and helps in healing.. You said it all. Thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Hello Rosina!

Thank you for appreciating my response to the word prompt, laughter. I am glad that you liked the information about the laughter yoga therapy, and also the poem.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for your support.

manatita44 from london on August 03, 2021:

Thank you, Chitrangaga ji. Beautiful take on Brenda's work. I love your approach to this, the acrostic poem and of course the laughing Buddha.

The therapeutic yoga slant is inspirational!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Hello Pamela!

I am glad that you liked my response to the word prompt, laughter, and the poem. You are right about the children— No one can remain sad in their company.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Hello Bill!

Thank you for your words of encouragement and appreciation. It means a lot.

I am glad that you liked the article. Wishing you happiness always.

Thank you and good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Thank you Vanita, for sharing your thoughts and your insightful comments.

I liked reading about the Gujarati literature, some of which I am familiar with.

I enjoy the theatre art, especially with social messages.

Yes, laughter clubs and laughter yoga is very popular, and is very effective too. There are so many practising this, in the parks.

Thank you so much for your encouraging words. Appreciate you for taking the time to read the article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2021:

Thank you Manatita, for reading and appreciating the article. I truly believe in the laughter yoga therapy. I have seen people practising it in the nearby park. It’s a unique experience.

I am glad that you liked the poem. It means a lot.

Thank you for your kind words. Much appreciated.

Brian from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on August 02, 2021:

Been looking for a reason to be happy and stumbled across your Hub. I have just enjoyed a poem on laughter by Chrish, another fellow Hubber. Now having known about the benefits of this simple action gives me the more reason to integrate it in my daily life. There is always something we can laugh about if we look for it. Thanks for the inspiration, Chitrangada!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 02, 2021:

Chitrangada

Wonderful picture of a laughing buddha.

In The Importance of Laughter you remind us that laughter is the best medicine.

Yet with a world full of stress we often forget to laugh.

You tell us how children have that natural power to make us laugh.

Children seem to be just naturally happy.

You are definitely right about that...kids can smile & laugh at anything.

As we grow older there are times we forget to smile or find a reason to laugh.

If we do laugh, it's not as spontaneous as a child's.

Then you explain what laughter is and give us examples of laughter therapy and tell us how laughter benefits us.

Then you tell us how Laughter Yoga is performed.

You say people come out of these sessions with a smile on their face.

You give us 3 quotes full of wisdom for laughter.

Then you finish your article with a great acrostic poem telling us how laughter can heal us.

Noting that it is a universal language by itself...everyone understands laughter.

Adding a yoga video to help us.

You've written quite an article.

We definitely need to shut out the negativity and embrace laughter.

I posted the link in the word prompt article.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 02, 2021:

I’ve never heard of laughter therapy before. What an interesting idea. Thank you very much for sharing the information and the poem.

Lora Hollings on August 02, 2021:

Such a wonderful article on laughter in response to Brenda's prompt, Chitrangada. I found all the information that you provided on the health benefits of laughter to be very interesting especially on yoga laughter therapy. I will have to try that now after reading all about its amazing benefits. I loved your acrostic poem on laughter. It was excellent. Thanks for your enlightening article.

Emee chan on August 02, 2021:

You hit the nail on the head with this one! The older we get, the less reasons are there for us to laugh.

There is so much negativity around us that it starts to be suffocating. Nice one, I really like it!

Rosina S Khan on August 02, 2021:

I loved to learn about Laughter Yoga or Laughter Therapy from your article. Reading about it made me smile as well. I enjoyed your acrostic poem also.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful article, Chitrangada.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 02, 2021:

You have provided some excellent information about laughter, Chitrangada. I really like your acrostic poem as well.

You are so right about children, as they always make me laugh. This is an excellent response to Brenda's prompt.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 02, 2021:

Wonderful! Any article, or therapy, which involves laughter is fine by me. We must take time to laugh and enjoy the wonder of it all.

Well done, my friend. Happy a laughter-filled week!

Vanita Thakkar on August 02, 2021:

Loved this article and poem thoroughly, Chitrangadaji. It is an excellent response to Brenda's word prompt on "Laughter". The acrostic poem is perfect.

Laughter as an art is there in humourous writings, performances such as plays and other theatre art forms .... Our Gujarati literature and theatre art is very rich in humour. There are folk artists who convey messages of great wisdom through humour and wit in programmes known as "Daayaro", in which there is an interesting and captivating combination of spoken words, reciting of poems / verses / sayings and singing.

These days Laughter Therapy / Laughter Yoga is gaining popularity. Some of my relatives have joined a Laughter Club that runs in their locality. It helps a lot.

The picture of Laughing Buddha adds to the relevance of the content.

Thanks for sharing this lovely article.

manatita44 from london on August 02, 2021:

One with a difference, Chitra ji. A scientific approach of therapies and Yoga. Lovely slant. Excellent acrostic poem! Yes, the laughing Buddha is quite famous!

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