Forget technology. The best prescription for patients with venous leg ulcers is good quality nursing care – and the occasional belly laugh!
Two years ago, Jody Ross was suffering from fibromyalgia-related pain, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue and mood disorders. Laughter Yoga changed her life. Today she no longer uses drugs for pain or sleep. What did she do? She laughed.
Are you smiling or frowning to yourself? Smiling is the secret to health and serenity according to several spiritual traditions. The Inner Smile practice propounds that when we smile like a Buddha, the world beams back.
Laugh for no reason? You just need to be willing to try. Participants in nurse Patty Freier's grief seminar at Childers Place had lost spouses, children, a brother or a sister an did just that. They got silly, let it go and gave themselves permission to laugh. "I liked it. I had one of those days where it was hard to stop crying, and I haven't had one of those in awhile," said Dianna Price after they were finished. "This was really good for me. Your mental outlook begins to change."
This is a nervous stand-up comedian's dream audience. Not only will they laugh at anything, apparently they will also laugh at absolutely nothing. Laughter yoga, yes seriously, has become a popular stressbuster worldwide. The premise is that laughter -- spontaneous or contrived -- releases endorphins in the body that relieve anxiety.
Joan Dietrich, 67, of Norton Shores signed up for Laughter Yoga, hoping to lower her high blood pressure. After just one night of class, her blood pressure dropped into the normal range. "The next day, I had a happy, wholesome feeling," she says. That's the point, says Cheryl Oliver, the class instructor. Since she's been doing Laughter Yoga, she handles stress better -- whether someone cuts her off in traffic or ...
"Forced laughter is a powerful, readily available and cost-free way for many adults to regularly boost their mood and psychological wellbeing," said Charles Schaefer, psychology professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.