Is Laughter the Best Medicine?


We all have heard the phrase “Laughter is the best medicine” Well it is! In yogic terms, it’s really the highest form of pranayama, the art of breathing. It expands and stretches your inhales and exhales challenging you without you even knowing it. There are short breaths, hahahaha hehehehehehehe. Long breaths, aaaaahaaaaaaahaaaaahaaaaaa. Combo breaths: waaahahahahahahaha.

There is also a school for Laughter Yoga. Laughter Yoga combines Unconditional Laughter with Yogic Breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits. It brings good health and joy. Laughter is universal with no language and cultural barriers. It fosters a positive and hopeful attitude. It is less likely for a person to succumb to stress and feelings of depression, if one is able to laugh away the troubles. So keep laughing and be happy! 🙂

Reference

http://liveloveyoga.wordpress.com/
http://www.laughteryoga.org/

Author: Ganesh

A soul in the search of eternal peace... "Be True, Love All, Help Others Selflessly, Live in Harmony and Rest in Peace"

8 thoughts on “Is Laughter the Best Medicine?”

  1. Yesterday I was at my kids elementary school for a program called Fascinating Rhythms. The students filed into the gymnasium with the oldest in the back and the youngest in the front. The kids loved the show. They laughed and danced like happy little nymphs. All the way up to the fourth grade (age 10), then the fifth graders in the back and almost none of them even moved. The adults were even worse. Not one of even clapped along. Why were we all taught and continue to teach our children that joy and laughter is frivolous, silly and even embarrassing? I am on a mission to unlearn all that craziness and enjoy the heck out of my life!

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