Stress is the most common reason for all the lifestyle diseases. Infact, stress is the inevitable part of our life. Independence from stress is almost next to impossible. However the intensity of stress can be controlled with a very simple tool and that is Laughter! Yes Laughter is one of the most effective medium to get independence from stress.
It is often said that “laughter is the best medicine!” But how many of us really mean the statement?
The statement however has lot of meaning especially in the present scenario. There are hundreds of laughter sessions conducted all over the world to reinforce the statement.
I really wonder, do we really need special sessions for laughing?
As we grow old the concept of laughter changes. Ever imagined a small baby laughing wholeheartedly that too without any reason, too kiddish! Right, but that great laughter has so much energy, enthusiasm and fun. Some kids even roll down when they laugh. Some go backwards, some hold stomach and some laugh with their lovely broken teeth. What exactly happens to our laughter as we grow old? Where it disappears? Why can’t we laugh wholeheartedly?
I think these entire questions relate us to the one main factor that is our lifestyle. We are just running sometimes behind money, sometimes fame, name or work.
So here comes the role of Laughter therapy which uses the humor to promote overall health and wellness.
Let us understand what happens when we laugh?
When we laugh we change physiologically where the muscle of face and body stretches. Even the pulse and blood pressure goes up, we also breathe faster which in turn sends more oxygen to our tissues
How is Laughter Therapy Executed?
There are actually thousands of ways in which Laughter Therapy can make you stress free, so of them are mentioned below
- Laughing without any reason, Sounds crazy! But trust me it really works.
- Since laughter is contagious it is usually done in Groups, if one person starts laughing other joined instantaneously
- Laughing making sounds of letters A, B, C D … so on.
- Laughing like animals sounds.
- Laughing with your arms going up and down
- Dance your stress away – Funny dance to make everyone laugh
You will feel that so much of air you have breathed in, lungs full of oxygen, cheeks red, teeth exposed, lot of energy, excitement and fun. It is the only therapy which reduces physical mental and emotional stress simultaneously. It not only strengthens the immune system but also helps to fight with the lifestyle diseases which are commonly known as Diabetes, hypertension and even depression, arthritis and many more. Laughter therapy also inculcates the positive energy to connect with people and improve relationships. Positive attitude is the byproduct of Laughter therapy. Above all we feel better when we laugh. Our mood changes with a hearty laugh and feel free from all the issues of life.
So with the most powerful weapon “Laughter”, let’s get freedom from the stress.
Shanti Pise is Psychologist with a wide range of experience, with an aim to help people by applying psychological skills and knowledge. She is associated with Just for Hearts since 3 years as Wellness Coach. She has more than 8 years experience in teaching psychology at various levels. She is actively involved in various corporate activities & delivered many health talks at corporate on topic of Stress, Yoga, Zumba, Aerobics etc.