Laughter Yoga : The Weekly Smile

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I haven’t had a lot to laugh about this week. My deadline is looming and I’m working from 5am to 10 pm with a couple of breaks to walk the dogs and eat. I wasn’t going to post a smile at all this week however, I came across a video that when I saw it on the program some time ago I laughed and laughed. It had the same effect today and I had to share it, for laughter is so good for you and already, having watched it three times already and laughed each time, I know I’m going to meet my deadline. I’m ready to work another day.

I once attended a laughter yoga session where we had to force laughter as it has the same beneficial effects as laughing spontaneously and those benefits stay with you long after the laughing has subsided. Sharing laughter has the effect of creating a bond between people, breaking down divisions and increasing happiness. It also has a physical impact on your body as it boosts the immune system, lowers the hormones which cause stress, decreases pain and has beneficial effects on muscles, including the heart. There are mental benefits as it makes you happy, decreases stress, anxiety and fear and makes you more resilient to what life may throw at you. Then there are the social benefits as laughter acts as an attractant, defuses conflict, enhances team work and bonds a group together and strengthens relationships.

If you don’t get what he is laughing at, don’t worry, just look at him and truly, laughter is contagious.

Thanks Trent for hosting the Weekly Smile. More smiles can be seen here.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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25 Responses to Laughter Yoga : The Weekly Smile

  1. You’re right: laughter is contagious. Forced laughter…that’s interesting. Will have to try that. Thanks for the smile. πŸ˜„ I just downloaded this badge earlier today thinking I might start doing these. It’s nice to see good stuff online for a change and I need to really look at the things that make me smile because they are fewer lately.

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    • I don’t get it. But I laughed anyway.

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    • What they got us to do was stand opposite a person and when they said hello you had to laugh. This went on for awhile and then we were given scenarios. One person was the policeman and he’d pulled you up and was giving you a ticket. All you were allowed to do was laugh. Some of the scenarios were so funny in themselves it was easy to laugh but boy did I come away feeling like I was walking on air. Apparently forced laughter uses the same muscles which set off the reaction to the brain to release whatever it releases (probably seratonin) and you get the benefits. I’m sorry you are finding less to smile at lately but you have a wicked sense of humour – hopefully that will bring those smiles back.

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  2. trentpmcd says:

    Yes, I guess that name sounds more like an Austin Powers parody than a real name, doesn’t it? No offense to Ms. Chmelar, who is an Olympic athlete (yes, I Googled it πŸ˜‰ ) while I, sadly, am not. As they say, laughter is the best medicine, and it sure beats cod liver oil (OK, I added that tag line, but it does, doesn’t it?). Thanks for the laugh and the smile. πŸ™‚ I hope you meet your deadline with no problems.

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  3. Miriam says:

    Oh Irene, I get it and thank you so much for a much needed laugh. I loved it so much I played it twice and have tears in my eyes. Just what the doctor ordered today. Loved it. Thanks again πŸ™‚

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  4. Deb says:

    Ya got a laugh out of me and then I had to watch another video that came up and it was just as funny! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  5. I laughed until I cried. Infectious! Thanks for posting this. I needed it today!

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  6. roweeee says:

    Hilarious, even though I couldn’t help feeling sorry for the girl. There are people who don’t change their names for feminist reasons but if I was her, I wouldn’t care. It would be gone.
    That said, like all things, it could always be worse.
    xx Rowena

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  8. noelleg44 says:

    Didn’t know about the forced laughter, but will try it! Your posts always make me smile!

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  9. ChristineR says:

    Contagious! πŸ˜€

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  10. Charli Mills says:

    I used to laugh a lot with my staff. The more stressful our work became, the more we laughed. One of my staff said it gave her the best core workout (belly laughs). She was also the one who shared with me the laughing yoga. Keep smiling! It’s going to feel so good when you are on the other side of your deadline!

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