Posted on the 22 May 2014 by Amitagulia



How many times do we see a bunch of people at a park, doing Laughter yoga or Hasyayoga?I am sure everyone in their lifetime has seen some one or a bunch of people laughing for no reason. Why do they do it? How do they do it?Why? Because, either they are actually laughing or they are trying to tickle a laugh.How? Ha ha ha, hu hu hu, ho ho ho, he he he... It would be easier if done in group when everyone makes an eye-contact. I bet, it doesnot take longer for the fake laughter to become real.As per Wikipedia, "Laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. Laughter yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter"I have always said that my favorite quote is "Keep smiling". A smile is generally followed by a laugh. Believe me, comedian act Laughter Milton Berlet was so true to say - "Laughter is an instant vacation." So true it is. Isn't it? After all, what is a vacation? Vacation is the time when we are true to ourselves. It's the period when we feel relaxed and happy. That's exactly laughter brings to us. Did you know that all animals laugh? Yes it's very true. I read somewhere that Laughter and joy are not unique to humans, the study says. Ancestral forms of play and laughter existed in other animals long before humans began cracking up.


Source: Various sources via Google images

So, if animals can do it, why can't we? After all, we are the mighty creation of god. I hope i have made a decent attempt to make you laugh or at least smile. If not, let me try and give some benefits of laughing.
  1. Favourable Hormones Benefits:
    • Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), Endorphins, dopamine and growth hormone.
    • Endorphins make us feel happier and less stressed. They are also called natural pain killers.
  2. Good for lungs:
    • Laughing expands the lungs, stretches the muscles in the body and stimulates homoeostasis
  3. Good for 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.
  4. Helps make abs:
    • A good belly laugh exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs and even works out the shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed afterwards
  5. Helps Socialize:
    • Smiling is an attractive expression, which is more likely to draw people to you rather than push them away. "Hasi to phasi..;)". Believe me, if I smile at an unknown person, he/she may make strange face at the very moment. But the person would definitely widen his/her lips a bit later on thinking the worst possible thing about you – ‘So stupid!”.
    • Laughter brings the focus away from anger, guilt, stress and negative emotions in a more beneficial way than other mere distractions.
    • Laughter connects us with others. It is said that smiling/laughter is contagious.
  6. Can’t Laugh, no problem:
    • Faking a smile or laugh works as well as the real thing—the brain doesn't differentiate between real or fake as it interprets the positioning of the facial muscles in the same way.

So, go ahead and Laugh Out Loud… :D

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