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A personal opinion on two popular approaches to laughter

Laughter is powerful and comes in many flavors. Ultimately, if you are laughing you are laughing. What took you there doesn't really matter any more. Or does it? It has been my experience over the years that there are many levels of benefits one can get from laughter that are far beyond the physical. This article discusses a personal opinion on two popular approaches.

News: (Wisconsin, USA) New Yoga Fitness Trend Focuses on Laughter

"Laughter helps us get through life’s challenges," said Kueny, wearing a jester hat and a laughter yoga jersey. "It has lots of great benefits. It helps to improve social connections. If you laugh with people, you instantly form a bond. And happy people are easier to get along with." Mike Kueny has suffered from depression for 10 years but he still laughs nearly nonstop for 45 minutes every Sunday.

News: Australians Say We Love Laughter Yoga!

Sydney, Australia: I walked into my first laughter yoga class expecting to see a hippie in a tie dyed shirt and leggings. I did not expect my yoga teacher to be a lawyer. And I certainly didn't expect to be rolling around on the floor laughing with a bunch of people I'd never met before. But that's exactly what happened.

News: NBC29 (Virginia) reports on Laughter Yoga

They say laughter is the best medicine. Combine that with the health benefits of yoga and you have a unique form of exercise that is no laughing matter. Susan Patrick attended the class for the first time Friday and says she plans to come back for more. "I feel really relaxed and exercised," she said. "I'm surprised at how different I feel physically."

Laughter Yoga is a spiritual practice that has the power to help me get everything that I want

There are only 2 things I can do here, now, and they can only happen in the following order. First I must accept everything that I have and love it exactly as it is because it is the only thing that I've got. Then and only if I so wish, I have the opportunity to take action to change it, but that can only happen here, now (not tomorrow or the day after). Laughter Yoga therefore trains me to constantly ask myself: what can I do now, with a positive attitude?