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What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. ~Yiddish Proverb
Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. ~Henry Ward Beecher
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. ~e.e. cummings
Earth laughs in flowers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Laughter Yoga CNN Report:
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
Laughter really is the best medicine! Medical studies have proven the benefits of laughter include boosting the immune system, counter acting the effects of stress & lifting the spirits. Fake it ‘til you make it because your body benefits the same whether your laughter is real or “faked”!
Laughter Yoga Exercises with Founder Dr. Madan Kataria:
Laughter is an instant vacation. ~Milton Berle
Day To Day Laughter:
Dr. Puckett says to consciously do laughter exercises with friends, family or coworkers. As often as you like, try...
Laughter chant. As you clap in rhythm, repeatedly say, "Ho-ho ha-ha-ha, ho-ho ha-ha-ha."
Roller coaster. Lift your arms, sway, jiggle and scream as if you were on a coaster.
(This is easiest while seated.)
Snowball fight. Lean over and scoop up some imaginary snow, pack it into a snowball and throw it at another person. Everyone naturally laughs while throwing or being "hit." Try putting some pretend snow down someone’s back, which may make you both laugh even harder.
Sing with laughter. Even if no one is having a birthday, sing Happy Birthday to You to each other, substituting "hee hee" or "ha ha" or "ho ho" for each word. You can swap this laughter vocabulary for the words in many songs -- and before you even finish singing, you’ll be feeling happier and more energized.
Source: Katherine Puckett, PhD, is the national director of mind-body medicine at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America facility at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Illinois. She is a licensed clinical social worker and certified laughter leader.
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