A session of Laughter Yoga and Laughter Wellness tones your cardiovascular system, exercises the lungs and releases muscle tension. It will also help you find stressful events less disturbing and easier to deal with.
Laughter breaks the cycle of psychological negativity
Laughter Yoga and Laughter Wellness are extremely relevant and useful in the field of mental health because they help break the cycle of psychological negativity that we tend to fall into at times. Individuals who laugh easily and frequently have better self-esteem and a much more positive outlook on life in general. In the bigger picture laughter is a survival skill that relieves tension, keeping us fluid and flexible instead of allowing us to become rigid and breakable in the face of change.
Mental health professionals point out that Laughter Yoga and Laughter Wellness can also teach perspective by helping patients to see reality rather than the distortion that supports their distress. Laughter Yoga and Laughter Wellness shift the ways in which we think, and distress is greatly associated with the way we think. It is not situations that generate our stress, it is the meaning we place on the situations. Practicing Laughter Yoga and Laughter Wellness helps adjust the meaning of an event so that it is not so overwhelming.
It helps people be able to think or talk about their anxiety or traumatic event with absolutely no emotional distress, and flip a past emotional memory into a memory of an emotion.
The social component
Laughter is also a social activity. Research has shown that in the company of other people, you laugh 30 times more than when you’re alone. And the bigger the group, the more laughter.
How laughter impacts the limbic system, and what this means for mental health
The limbic system is involved in all emotions, including laughter, as well as basic functions required for survival. The amygdala and the hippocampus are the two limbic structures playing a role in laughter.
Dysfunction in the amygdala region of the brain has been linked to disorders such as depression, Parkinson’s and fragile-X syndrome, a disorder often marked by symptoms similar to attention deficit disorder and autism.
Problems with the hippocampus result in mental illnesses including Alzheimers, schizophrenia and severe depression.
The amygdala connects with the hippocampus and the medial dorsal nucleus of the thalamus. Through these connections, the amygdala plays an important role in the mediation and control of major human activities such as friendship, love and affection, and mood. And the hypothalamus, especially its median part, is a major contributor to loud, uncontrollable laughter.
Research published in the Dec. 4, 2003 issue of Neuron showed that laughter activated an area of the brain called the nucleus accumbens, or the NAcc. The NAcc is involved in the pleasurable feelings that follow monetary gain or the use of some addictive drugs. The funnier the content, the more blood flow to the NAcc was measured, confirming its role in humor appreciation.
Laughter reduces mental tension and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more. Both sides of the brain are stimulated during laughing encouraging clarity, humor and creativity and better problem solving ability.
Testimonial of an American psychiatrist who endorses Laughter Yoga and recommends it to his patients.
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Laughter opens the lungs, and opening the lungs ventilates the spirit.
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