Laughter is the best medicine

When we are feeling down and out, you can guarantee that at least one person will hit you with the age old saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’ and they are right, it absolutely is – not just on an emotional level but also on a physical one.

For two years now reams of yoga enthusiasts have been gathering every morning in a public park in Vietnam to practice their laughing with the help of a yoga master. This interesting practice apparently helps them to lead happier and less stressful lives, whilst also helping to fight off disease.

Waving your arms around in the air, clapping, marching around and pulling silly faces at one another in a bid to poke a laugh out of someone may seem odd, perhaps even slightly embarrassing for us stiff upper lipped Brits, but couldn’t we all do with a little extra dose of happiness in our lives?

Fear of looking silly certainly hasn’t stopped everyone, with more than 6,000 clubs in 60 countries having been established since the birth of laughter yoga back in 1995. The therapy was developed by a physician in India, and it seems its benefits have been appreciated by many.

For some time now we have been aware that the infectious effect of a good old giggle or a big belly laugh goes beyond simply lifting your mood. Though the feel good effect is one of laughings best gifts, evidence has suggested that it also helps to boost the blood flow, widen arteries, reduces the production of stress hormones and helps our lungs to stay in optimum condition.

So next time your feeling a little down in the dumps, or your starting to get the sniffles, put away the tissues and get out your favourite comedy DVD instead.

Happy laughing everyone!

If you would like to view a short video of laughter yoga in full swing, please visit the original Telegraph article.

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Written by Emma Hilton

Written by Emma Hilton

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