Monthly Archives: May 2015

Laughter as Medicine

Bright Star Woman

An old Irish proverb says:

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

It’s funny because it’s true. I’ve especially experienced the power of laughter in the last six months to a year. I can’t say that it’s even been conscious. It sort of, happened. I started laughing every day. Perhaps, the challenges of the last few years (my personal health struggles, family illness and work-related stresses) pushed me to a point where laughing was a way to find life’s sweetness again. I started seeing humour in many situations, even in my own actions and reactions. Although I was unaware, I made space for laughter and it filled my heart.

My parents tell me that I was a truly happy baby, and a cheerful child. I suspect most of us are. Sure, temperament is present from a young age, but I believe that our…

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Fancy a good laugh? Spirits are running high at Tubby’s Farm where the organisers of Sunflowerfest, Northern Ireland’s leading music and arts festival  have been confirmed as Guinness World Record Title Holder for ‘largest laughter yoga class’.

Laughter yoga, yes you read that correctly – a whole bunch of people got together for a massive giggle in the blazing sunshine last August at Sunflowerfest, and now the clipboard-toting experts at Guinness World Record Ltd have solemnly decided that this was officially the biggest group of laughing yoga participants in the entire history of the world – ever! “We are thrilled to inform you that your application for largest laughter yoga class has been successful and you are now the Guinness World Record Title Holder” Guinness World Records Ltd.

This may sound a bit light-hearted – it is meant to be – but it’s quite serious really. The unusual event was inspired…

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Laughter Yoga: Very Good, Very Good – yay!

Not Your Normal Health Blog


If you don’t know what laughter yoga is it’s basically a mix of relaxation exercises, yogic breathing and giggly bits, designed to make you happy. It’s huge in India and I had really wanted to try it when I was there but simply didn’t have enough time – so I was very excited when I got an email from the people at Go Ahead biscuits to say they were putting on some sessions. I might not have been surrounded by giggling women in amazing saris in a park in Mumbai for the experience, but I thought I’d give it a try.

As the day of the event appeared I moved from excited to nervous. What exactly was I letting myself in for? I was very worried it was going to be like one of those drama classes at school where you have to pretend you were going to be a…

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Why Does Buddha Laugh

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When the Dalai Lama came to California a couple of years ago, I listened to his lecture via a webcast.  He spoke about peace, compassion, and global leadership while chuckling frequently throughout the lecture.  I thought it was funny (unusual) he would laugh during a talk on serious subjects, but his laughter contagiously made me laugh.

Another time, I had the privilege of attending an event with Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle both I admire as spiritual teachers.  Knowing of Eckhart’s difficult past, I expected him to have a serious tone.  He surprised and amused me by his elf-like laugh after each profound message.

Later I learned laughter is a sign of enlightenment – a blissful state where worries of the world are released, transcending you into a sense of joyfulness.  Once free from the conventional world, you can see the world in a new way.  Embrace it with sincerity and compassion.  The jovial expression of the Laughing Buddha, known as Bu-dai playfully encourages us to…

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I’m 59 years young today. There has been many turns in the road and burned a few bridges. However never loosing my since of humor . I’ve often said, “I’d be happy if I was in jail.”

Remember we are hurling through space on a rock. That simple perspective gives me enough in my cup to float my boat.

Laughter is the best prescription.

I found myself at Ballard’s Rehabilitation Center in San Bernardino Ca. Two years before I found out a week before Christmas while i was entertaining as Santa at a Bass Pro Shop in Auburn NY.  that my Diabetes  had erupted in my right foot. When the smoke had settled i had lost my five toes on my right foot.

This day I was two weeks into the hospital and 2 hours away from my beloved. I created this videos one everyday  for twelve days in a row.  and the lesson here is no matter what is coming at you as long as you laugh … you will always have the best prescription at your finger tips.

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I read a story about Laughter Yoga in the Newspaper. Pictures of people falling about laughing as they pranced in silly poses in my local park. Who would put themselves through that sort of ridiculous embarrassment? This is a public park with the Farmers Market in full swing, hundreds of families out spreading picnic blankets in the sun and kids enjoying birthday parties on the grass?

Me! Yep that would be Me. Okay I can justify myself.

Laughing yoga

Being the UN World Day of Happiness it seems appropriate I try this path to happiness. And even more importantly, there are thousands of pages of scientific research about increased endorphins, medical trials championing laughter as the best medicine. Famous doctors like Patch Adams and Norman Cousins declaring laughter cures illness faster and more effectively that any pharmaceuticals and anecdotal tales of healing and wellbeing just with a few cackles.

I arrive at…

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