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USA CELEBRATES HUMOR MONTH IN APRIL

 

Americans, Canadians, Australians, South Africans, New Zealanders, and the British, from healthcare professionals to scholars to giggling grade schoolers, will be brushing up on the benefits of belly laughs this April in celebration of National Humor Month.

April 2015 is the 39th Anniversary of
National Humor Month!

National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by comedian and best-selling author Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor. It is designed to heighten public awareness on how the joy and therapeutic value of laughter can improve health, boost morale, increase communication skills and enrich the quality of one’s life.

“Since April is often bleak and grim and taxes are due on the 15th, it can be one of the most stressful times of the year,” says Wilde, author of 53 books on the subject of humor. “Besides,” adds Wilde, “it’s the only month that begins with All Fool’s Day — a day which has sanctioned frivolity and pranks ever since the 1500’s.”

The idea of laughing and the use of humor as a tool to lift ailing spirits is growing. Scientific research now indicates that the curative power of laughter and its ability to relieve debilitating stress and burnout may indeed be one of the great medical discoveries of our times.

In his book Anatomy of An Illness, author Norman Cousins cited laughter as an effective tool for promoting the healing process. In Cousins’ words, “Laughter is internal jogging.”

http//www. lolheals.com 310.218.271 4JOY TO THE WORLD Ever since we started the Laughter Club scores of people attending the laughter sessions have reported improvement in their health conditions especially those suffering from long term chronic diseases. But, is laughter really a healing force?

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How Humour and Laughter affects the brain

by Susan in About Laughter 

Humor perception involves the whole brain and serves to integrate and balance activity in both hemispheres.

Derks, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, has shown that there is a unique pattern of brain wave activity during the perception of humor. EEG’s were recorded on subjects while they were presented with humorous material.

Laughter truly is the best medicine!

During the setup to the joke, the cortex’s left hemisphere began its analytical function of processing words. Shortly afterward, most of the brain activity moved to the frontal lobe which is the center of emotionality. Moments later the right hemisphere’s synthesis capabilities joined with the left’s processing to find the pattern — to ‘get the joke’.

A few milliseconds later, before the subject had enough time to laugh, the increased brain wave activity spread to the sensory processing areas of the brain, the occipital lobe. The increased fluctuations in delta waves reached a crescendo of activity and crested as the brain ‘got’ the joke and the external expression of laughter began. More about how stress affects our brain right here.

Derks’ findings shows that humor pulls the various parts of the brain together rather than activating a component in only one area. Your sense of humor provides a powerful antidote to immuno-suppressive effects of stress in two ways, through:

  1. Direct effects of humor and laughter upon the immune system,
  2. Indirect effects resulting from humor’s ability to help you cope on the tough days.

The simple truth is that happy people generally don’t get sick.

Bernie Siegel, M.D.

Read more about laughter on Wikipedia right here.

Laughter Yoga Report on CNN

http://www.laughteryoga.org This is a short piece by Dr Sanjay Gupta of CNN Health about Laughter Yoga and Dr Madan Kataria

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CULTIVATE 4 ELEMENTS OF JOY
The core philosophy of Laughter Yoga is not that of seeking happiness, but of cultivating joy. Happiness is a concept of the mind, dependent on a variety of scenarios all of which, for the most part, are fleeting – once achieved or obtained, that which was sought to bring happiness, waxes cold. Completely happy people are a rarity. Conversely, joy can be triggered by the simplest of physical activities, such as singing, dancing, playing or laughing all of which are the basic tenets of Laughter Yoga.

Children are born with the basic elements of joy intact; unfortunately, as we age, joy is lost to inhibitions and self-consciousness that often limit participation in joyful activities. A Laughter Club can bring those elements back, making singing, dancing, playing and laughing easier within a safe environment. Once your body knows what to do, practicing the same “happy” exercises alone will become even easier.

Astrological Musings & More

New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon, Last Quarter…the Moon is the closest celestial body to the Earth. Its effects can both be felt and seen by the inhabitants of this blue planet of ours. Tides rise and fall, people become overly emotional then sullen, our physical bodies experience the effects as does the Earth itself with earthquakes being more likely.

I’m an astrologer but I’m also a Wiccan. We live close to Nature and observe the signs given by the natural events taking place. We recognize that these changes are also changes in the energy that surrounds us. When the Moon is moving from New to Full, the energy is increasing. The light from the Moon is actually reflected sunlight and, while the Moon may be just a planet to some, from an energy perspective, the Moon is reflecting our emotions to us.

You can learn and begin to understand a lot about yourself with the knowledge of what sign the Moon was in when you were born. The information gleaned there can help you understand what affect the phases of the Moon may be having on you.

Why should that matter? Why should you care? To me, knowledge is power. In this case, it gives you the opportunity to take better control of the emotional side of your life through a better understanding of your actions and responses to people and situations. Better choices can be made which offers the opportunity for more peace in ones life. Who wouldn’t want that?

As you become familiar with your own Moon sign, you will begin to understand how, as the Moon passes through its phases and the zodiac signs, it affects you personally. Instead of being adrift in this tide of lunar energy, you now will have an awareness that allows you steer a more steady course through your life. You will have empowered yourself emotionally. Awesome!

So, as we head to the first Full Moon of 2015, know that you can manifest a more stable emotional course for yourself simply by knowing your Moon sign and learning what effects the Moon can have on you. Pretty cool, huh?

Mercury in Aquarius 2Before we get to that first Full Moon, we have Mercury transiting into Aquarius on Sunday, January 4th at 8:08 p.m. EST.

The energies of this placement create minds that are open to new experience. Aquarius being impersonal allows the mind to be unbiased, truthful and objective. Ideas become very original, unconventional even.

Mercury in Aquarius manifests the highest intuitive ability due to an easy connection to the Universal Mind, going beyond the limits of the individual ego.

Mental energy is stabilized and concentrated allowing for the possibility of telepathy occurring. This is an excellent time for astrology and occult study of any kind.

This is a time to seek mental stimulation through friendship and the company of intellectual and elderly persons.

Wolf MoonThen we have that Full Moon, sometimes referred to as the Wolf Moon, that will be occurring in the sign of Cancer on Sunday, January 4th at 11:53 p.m. EST.

Here, the Moon is in the sign it rules making it a very emotional, intuitive energy. This is a time to express ones true feelings. It’s time to stop repressing anything you have been holding onto for far too long.

The Full Moon allows us to bring this to a head as the Moon prepares to wane, thus clearing the path ahead of obstacles that may be holding us back. One thing that holds most of us back is our unexpressed feelings. This first Full Moon is calling us to clear our energy fields and our bodies of all those things we have kept hidden. Let go, so life can flow.

There is a nurturing energy with Moon in Cancer. Just be sure it doesn’t turn to smothering and possessiveness. Like many things in life, there is a delicate balance that needs to be achieved here.

This is also a passive, easy-going energy. While this can be very good in many situations, there are other situations where action is needed. Don’t allow this energy to stop your forward motion, if action is required.

If your natal Moon is in Cancer or you just feel the effects of this Full Moon, be prepared to express yourself and to instinctively know when that needs to happen. Don’t hold back. It’s time to speak up and let your feelings flow.

Mars in PiscesMars will go into Pisces on Monday, January 12th at 5:21 a.m. EST., a difficult placement for this fiery planet.

It’s not an aggressive energy, actually suggesting shyness. While the energy does create kindness, good listeners and a forgiving nature, it also can cause those influenced by it to too easily swayed by others. It can also create a fear of the unknown or aimless wandering with no goals. Emotions are unpredictable with ecstatic highs and depressive lows.

Alcohol and drugs should be used with care during this transit, especially if you have Mars in Pisces or just feel the effects of this transit.

Psychology, anything creative or any form of the occult can be very motivating now.

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As I close this first “Musings” for 2015, I want to remind everyone that Valentine’s Day is not that far away. That wonderful day dedicated to love. Whether it’s intimate love, familial love or friendship love, this is a time to celebrate it. With that in mind, I offer this astrological special:

Valentine’s Comparison Chart Special: Normally, $75, get a comparison done for $50! That’s a savings of $25 – 33% off! Contact me at Durga1974@aol.com with the words “Valentine’s Day” in the subject line or contact me on Facebook to get this special.

Until next time…

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LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER CERTIFICATION

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Joy to the World Through Laughter

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JOY TO THE WORLD
Ever since we started the Laughter Club scores of people attending the laughter sessions have reported improvement in their health conditions especially those suffering from long term chronic diseases. But, is laughter really a healing force?

Curious About Laughter Yoga?

What is Laughter Yoga & How can it help you?

In today’s world, people want to be healthy, they want to be happy, but instead they are getting stressed out , depressed, getting less sleep, more negative thoughts and feeling isolated.

Does this sound like you? Are you someone who wants to move on and bring more laughter and joy into your life? You are in the right place.

Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is sweeping the world and is a complete wellbeing workout. Developed by a medical doctor from India Dr. Madan Kataria and it has spread across 72 countries.

You can laugh with special guided techniques: It’s easy. Anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humor, jokes or comedy and one can feel the benefits on the very first session!
Real and Contagious Laughter:We initiate laughter as a body exercise in a group and with eye contact and childlike playful ness. It soon turns into real and contagious laughter.
Oxygenates Your Body and Brain: Laughter Yoga is combination of deep breathing exercises from yoga and laughter exercises, which oxyginates our body and brain, makes us feel more healthy and energetic.

Scientifically Proven Benefits

The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.

Clinical research conducted at Bangalore, India and in the United States has proved that Laughter lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol, etc) in the blood.

5 Benefits of Laughter Yoga

Good Mood and More Laughter: Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins. You will remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and will laugh more than you normally do.
Healthy Exercise to Beat Stress: Laughter Yoga is like an aerobic exercise (cardio workout) which brings more oxygen to the body and brain thereby making one feel more energetic and relaxed.
Health Benefits: Laughter Yoga reduces the stress and strengthens the immune system.You will not fall sick easily and if you have some chronic health conditions, you will heal faster.
Quality of Life: Laughter is a positive energy which helps people to connect with other people quickly and improves relationships. If you laugh more, you will attract many friends.
Positive Attitude in Challenging Times : Everyone can laugh when life is good, but how does one laugh when faced with challenges? Laughter helps to create a positive mental state to deal with negative situations and negative people. It gives hope and optimism to cope with difficult times.

Life Changing Experience

In addition to social laughter clubs, Laughter Yoga is also practiced in companies and corporations, Fitness centers, Yoga studios, Centers for Seniors, Schools, Colleges, Universities, Physically and mentally challenged and Self help cancer groups – bringing happiness to all the places.

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