“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!” We all know this song and how it made us laugh as kids, right?
Maybe we don’t realize how laughing can actually help us. It has been proved that if you laugh, your immune system can become stronger and you can feel a lot better. If you didn’t laugh in a while, you might consider doing it because it does come in need in your day to day life.
In this article, we will break down why it is highly recommended to laugh in order to feel great in your own body and mind and also be able to beat depression while… laughing.
Surround Yourself with Positivity
This may sound like something a psychology book would say and you find it so cliché. Maybe it’s not about surrounding yourself with positivity, but about having stuff around you that truly makes you happy.
Let’s say, for instance, puppies. It has been medically proven that pets can help in curing depression. Why? Because they make you laugh or giggle and help you with the release of endorphins that will make you feel better.
If you love going out with friends, do that as often as possible; if you like spending time inside watching TV shows, try to have some “me time” every time you feel the need to. Just do things that make you feel good.
If you feel that laughing while doing normal, regular things aren’t enough for you and you’re feeling down, there is something that is called laugh therapy and it was proven that it does work.
It’s called laughter yoga and it is a therapeutic treatment for anxiety and depression. There are exercises that combine yoga with laughter – pretty fun, right?
If this sounds interesting to you, I will tell you a little bit about how it works and what it implies. Firstly, you need to know that there is a laughter instructor that will help you laugh with more ease. He or she will be coordinating all the activities: the warm-up followed by various exercises that will make you laugh and distress.
How Your Body Works
Did you know that your body cannot actually make the difference between real and fake laughter? If you are laughing through these types of exercises, your body will react the same as laughing because you’ve encountered something really funny – so it’s the same effect.
Who Invented It
This practice comes from the 1970s and was discovered and researched by Dr. Madan Kataria. This exercise took place in Mumbai at first and now there are almost 5,000 yoga laughter clubs all over the world.
Is It Suitable for You?
Yes! Happily, this practice is suitable for everyone, as long as you desire to break free of your sad thoughts. Did you know that children laugh 400 times a day, while adults only 14 times a day? Because of this, yoga laughter should be recommended to everyone that feels they could use a little more giggles in their life.
Apart from feeling better and lifting your mood, there are some other positive aspects that can happen. For instance, your muscles tone may improve due to the yoga exercises. Moreover, the level of oxygen in your blood can increase.
If we consider this practice on a long-term, it is important that, at some point, you will learn to laugh instead of being sad; you will learn to be yourself more and face your struggles with giggles. You would be surprised how much it can do!
If you are going through some tough times and you feel that nothing can help you, try some alternatives. Research if there are any yoga laughter groups near your area and if not, you can do it in your own home.
Let’s try it: ha-ha-ha!