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Should You Try Laughter Therapy

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Should you try laughter  therapy ?

It’s often said that laughter is the best medicine – and there’s hard science behind the expression. When we laugh, endorphins – known as our happy hormones – are released into the blood stream, lifting our mood .

In 1995, intrigued by the research on the benefits of laughter. Dr Ma...

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What’s involved?

A typical laughter yoga session will involve breathing exercises, stretches and guided routines to help get you laughing. Your instructor might tell you to think of a funny memory, ask you to act out some different types of laughing, or encourage some awkward eye contact with different members of...

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Any science behind it?

Dr Lee Berk, associate professor of Health Promotion and Education at Loma Linda University in California, began researching the benefits of laughter in the late 1970s.

He observed that laughter could reduce the effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Berk’s research also ...

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Reducing Anxiety

In a laboratory study, subjects were falsely led to believe that they would receive an electric shock after 12 minutes.

While they waited for the shock, they were played either a funny tape recording, one that wasn’t funny, or no tape at all, while markers of anxiety were measured. Those wh...

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Improves General Health

A study published in 2014 looked at the impact of laughter yoga sessions on the general health of 38 male nursing students. The participants were assigned either one hour of laughter yoga a week, or no intervention.

Overall, the group who took part in the laughter yoga showed improvement in...

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Managing Menopause

A 2012 study investigated whether laughter therapy could have wellbeing benefits for women going through menopause. Subjects participated in five 30-minute sessions of laughter therapy with results measured against a control group. A series of questionnaires revealed that laughter therapy helped ...

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