Laughter Yoga did not appear in a vacuum. It followed decades of ground work done by many great people around the world - some famous and others not - who helped raise mass consciousness about the preventive and therapeutic benefits of laughter.
The “ha ha ha” mantra is an exercise that invites people to voice out loud something that is frustrating or painful in their life, and punctuate each sentence with “ha ha ha.”
A recent research shows that laughter has myriad health benefits, yet the medical community has not implemented it formally as a treatment.
Dr. Kataria named "Laughter Yoga" as such was because he incorporated Pranayama, the ancient science of yogic breathing, into the laughter exercises. Laughter Yoga is therefore a form of Pranayahahama :-)
Practices such as Laughter Yoga and the Laughter Wellness method help you feel at peace and good about yourself in the present moment, for no particular reason. They give you the ability to laugh at things that previously would have caused stress or anger, along with the ability to experience a new sense of forgiveness.
This article details how people around the world are spreading its message of joy, health and world peace through laughter in a variety of projects that include Laughter Clubs, World Laughter Day, Universities of Joy, and more.
Here is the 60 pages thesis that Vasiliki Skrekou from Greece wrote for her Masters degree at the Center for Applied Psychology (John Moores University, Liverpool, UK) on the Effect of Laughter Yoga Practice on [...]
What can I say: this is simple and brillant; simply said: brillant. Iowa pastor and master Laughter Yoga Teacher Laura Gentry was recently a part of the famous national NPR show "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me." [...]