The gift of a chuckle

Laughter – so infectious, so freeing, so healing.

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

(From a great article called Laughter is the Best Medicine at Helpguide.org)

Did you know that there are laughter clubs you can join? Here’s one in Bristol: http://www.bristollaughterclub.com/

There’s even something called  ‘laughter yoga’: http://www.laughteryoga.co.uk/

 

So here’s a little gift from me and my niece Taissa – a wonderful dose of laughter to help all that healthiness flow through your body right now. Taissa is 18 months old and found Guy playing about with a piece of wood hilarious. I recorded this whilst we were in France last week. I guarantee you will be chuckling seconds from now!

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6 responses to “The gift of a chuckle

  1. And there’s Laughter Yoga sessions in Cheltenham, at the Isbourne Holistic Centre (venue of some of T’s workshops), for the first three Fridays in the month! He he! The next one is Friday 2nd March – here’s the link to it http://www.isbourne.org/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&Itemid=60&extmode=view&extid=3539&date=2012-03-02 and the Gloucestershire Echo’s recent review of it:
    http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/good-laugh/story-15257193-detail/story.html
    Happy laughing! 😀

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