I stumbled across Laughter Yoga while at a park with friends several years ago. There was a session going on and I joined in. It was amazing how being silly and letting my childlike spirit play could be so uplifting. And I learned something very important. The body cannot distinguish between fake and real laughter. So if I fake laugh, getting those good chuckles imitated, the body will release all the same endorphins as if I were really laughing. Plus laughter can strengthen the diaphragm and abs, increase your oxygen intake, and let's face it, it's just plain fun!
Over the last couple weeks when I have shared the news that I am going to get certified as a Laughter Yoga Leader I have gotten mixed reactions. The people I have introduced to Laughter Yoga are so excited while those who have not heard of it or never experienced it for themselves give an awkward smile and kind of nod along. Their reaction doesn't bother me, but I do hope they will give it a chance someday. Laughter really is the best medicine (and yes there are countless medical studies to back this claim).
I'm grateful to start my training today. I'm grateful to learn the deeper fundamentals of this fun exercise. I'm grateful to be joining together with a group of people who also are eager to learn about laughter and Laughter Yoga. I'm grateful for the way Laughter Yoga uplifts and energizes me. I'm grateful to laugh, whether it be with friends and family or fake laughter to boost my day while I drive to my next appointment. I'm grateful to spread the message of the positive benefits of laughter. And I'm grateful to have another tool in my Positive Toolbox to help do my part to uplift this beautiful world.
What makes you laugh? Have you ever tried fake laughter to help boost your day?
May today bless you with laughter and joy. May you feel the tickle of the sun's rays and let your spirit dance a little lighter. Have a beautiful day!