Nothing beats a good, hearty laugh session. You know the kind. It comes out when your friend hilariously falls backward into a garbage can or your boss is yelling at you while there’s a booger hanging off his nose. Not only is laughter an amazing mood-enhancer, but it’s also known to lower anxiety, boost your immune system and aid in circulation.
Even if you have to fake it, a good hearty 10-minute laugh-a-thon does a body good. Here are some surprising effects laughing has on the body:
As more and more studies focus on the health benefits of laughter, it’s no surprise that it would make its way into a wellness program. Developed by Dr. Madan Kataria in India in 1995, laughter yoga combines unconditional laughter — whether it’s faked or genuine — with the breathing techniques, or Pranayama, found in yoga. In a group laughter yoga session, laughter is simulated as a body exercise; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter.
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