Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Laughter Therapy, Part II

There is so much written and researched on Humor and laughter therapy but most were based on what will cause one to laugh. However in the last post, we mentioned one type of laughter therapy with a video clip where there is nothing externally to stimulate the laughter. So I've tried laughter yoga and joined a laughter yoga club in my area for a few months and stopped when the weekly schedule at night interfered with my work hours. Once you do the HoHoHaHaHa for a minute or so, it ispossible to laugh for a while. But I do urge you to stop after 5 or 6 minutes and take a couple of deep breaths.  There are now laughter yoga clubs in 60 countries and the latest from Dr.Kateria is his plan to start a Laughter University in India!

Make it a goal not to take yourself so seriously. Own a joke book and watch silly comedies like Laurel and Hardy. One word of caution - don't laugh at someone (comediennes are an exception) but with them. Perhaps, you could even write a joke yourself.  Even in the animal kingdom, they laugh. Check out the kookaburras from Sydney, Australia.
If you noticed the last verse of the Kookaburra song, it shows that we are uncomfortable with the laugh and want the bird to cry but it is not in its nature  to do so. And neither is it in true human nature to be sad and weepy!!

 If you want to know how laughing helps your physical, emotional and mental health, then please click the archives on this page for July 2008 and there are several posts with details.

I have interviewed someone who started a 2 man team that goes and does juggling and comedy skits for groups and organizations. If you subscribe to my blog, you could hear that interview with Gene Monterastelli, an EFT practitioner!
I always like to receive your comments and questions, which will determine if I write more on a particular topic. As for now this will conclude the laughter aspect of RET (Revitalizing Energy Therapy!.
Laugh to be healthy!
PC Nicholas


health news said...

The article you have written is very much appreciated and also you are through laughing you can relief from diseases and mental pressure

jawad said...

laughter therapy is an essential element for making our life healthy because it relax not only the muscle of face it also relax our mind from many things specially the follow of breathing make our internal body refresh, so i thing we should carry it in our daily life

Jenina.Marie said...

Well said, I can't tell you how many times a good laugh takes me from cranky to calm!

thanks for the great post
Jenina Marie

Jenina.Marie said...

Interesting post - there are many times that a good laugh will take me from stressed to calm - thanks for sharing

Jenina Marie

Caleb said...

Sound like a good therapy to me. Laughter is far better than sadness and a negative outlook.

Justin Ryan Schwan said...

Laughter is amazing. I love Alan Watts' discussion about it as meditation. He inspired me to write a blog post about it, as well. And since then I've been laughing whenever I feel really tense or angry, and it instantly takes the emotions away. You can't "think" and laugh at the same time, not if you're REALLY laughing.

Agapelife said...

@Justin Schwan - Thanks for your visit and putting laughter in meditation is a new concept - it would be a happy meditation!