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Mental Health - Laughter is the Very Best 'Medicine' - Psychologist, Counselling & Mediation Services » Psychologist, Counselling & Mediation Services

Mental Health – Laughter is the Very Best ‘Medicine’

Author:
Rosalin Primrose
Registered Psychologist

Laughter is the best medicine – that’s a saying from my childhood which turns out to be very true, and there is lots of research to support that folk wisdom these days as a way to promote good mental health.

We think of yoga as physical stretching and exercise that is good for building core strength and flexibility, maybe quietening the mind.  And it is most often used that way.  However, Laughter Yoga was developed in India by a medical doctor who saw that laughter had many health benefits – and it didn’t matter to the body/mind whether laughter was spontaneous or manufactured.  The whole organism benefited just the same.

Dr. Madan Kataria founded Laughter Yoga International and it’s now spread all over the world.  This is what he says about laughter as a way to promote good mental health:

“Laughter Yoga helps to change the mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins. You will remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and will laugh more than you normally do.

Laughter Yoga is like an aerobic exercise (cardio workout) which brings more oxygen to the body and brain which makes one feel more healthy and energetic. Laughter Yoga is a single exercise routine which reduces physical, mental and emotional stress simultaneously.

Laughter Yoga strengthens the immune system which not only prevents you from falling sick, but also helps  to heal a variety of illnesses like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, depression, arthritis, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, menstrual disorders, cancer and many others.”

To read more of Dr Kataria’s amazing work click on this link.

Here’s what famous funny man John Cleese has to say about laughter yoga.

YouTube video: John Cleese reports on Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga seems to be a contradiction in terms but the practice is spreading.  Many local groups have sprung up wordwide as a reuslt of Dr Kataria’s work.  Here are just two examples:

A local group at Cotton Tree Park at Maroochydore on the beautiful Sunshine Coast were quick to embrace the benefits of Laughter Yoga.   Check out this website to read about this fun local group which meets every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. (even if it’s raining)  http://www.laughtersunshinecoast.com/

Follow this link for the Laughter Yoga group in New Farm Park, Brisbane, which happens every Saturday morning.

By searching Dr Kataria’s main website you will be able to discover laughter yoga groups all around the world.  There is sure to be one close to you….  Ho, ho, ho…ha, ha, ha…he, he, he…..

Lots of laughter and good mental health go hand in hand.

Rosalin Primrose MA

Registered Psychologist
Mob: 0424 002 640
Email: RosalinPrimrose@gmail.com

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