The Power of Laughter

The prescription to fight heart disease should read “exercise, eat right and laugh a few times every day.”  Dr. Michael Miller, M.D. F.A.C.C., director of the Centre for Preventative Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Centre USA.

“The old saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ definitely appears to be true when it comes to protecting your heart,” says Miller.  The ability to laugh – either naturally or as a learned behavior has important implications in societies such as the US and Canada, where heart disease is the number one killer,” he says.

“Just 15 minutes of laughter us good for the vascular system.”  It provides the fastest and easiest cardio workout which helps in reducing heart rate, and improving blood circulation.

Laughter Yoga has been featured globally in the media.  TV Shows such as Oprah Winfrey, Dancing with the Stars, and CNN’s Special on Happiness, have featured the benefits of this practice in improving health, well being and a sense of confidence in the future.  Time Magazine, Readers Digest and National Geographic have endorsed the use of laughter in corporate environments as a complimentary therapy for Employee Wellness programs.

“It is a perfect way to laugh and get exercise at the same time.  It approaches laughter as a body exercise so it is easy to laugh even if you are depressed or in a bad mood.  I highlighted Laughter Yoga on my TV program.  I have tried it and it works.”     Oprah Winfrey

Laughter Yoga is different from other forms of exercise in important ways:

Its fun and easy – no postures or special equipment or clothing required – participants are experts from the first session

  • It provides a fast and powerful no sweat cardio vascular workout
  • Hearty laughter improves mood and contributes toward peak performance
  • Boosts self confidence, creativity and emotional intelligence

There are so many benefits:

Relaxes the body

  1. Leads to better sleep
  2. Strengthens the immune system
  3. Decreases anxiety and depression
  4. Brings a healthy glow to the face and skin
  5. 1 minute of laughter is equal to 10 minutes of cardio exercise
  6. Stimulates creative communication skills
  7. Builds relationships between people
  8. Simply hearing the sound of laughter can create mirth in others
  9. It’s the easiest way to boost mood and feelings of wellness
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