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I AM WELL, I AM WHOLE, I AM HEALTHY

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.

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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?

Laughter Yoga With Seniors

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With a distinct rise in life expectancy due to advances in medical science, the population of senior citizens is likely to triple by the year 2020. As the joint family structure crumbles and youngsters steer away from parents, the seniors, particularly in the West, find themselves alone either in aged care facilities or old-age homes. They are prone to frequent bouts of depression that often leads to a debilitating condition.

Laughter Yoga – the Best Medicine

Laughter Yoga is indeed the best medicine to be prescribed for seniors to keep them in good cheer. A good Hearty Laughter gets rid of stress, worry and depression. It touches the emotional core and alleviates feelings of loneliness and isolation. Besides being the panacea for good health, laughter generates positive thoughts and reduces the negative strains.

Hundreds and thousands have benefited by Laughter Yoga, a great therapeutic alternative that combines Laughter Exercises with Yogic Deep Breathing, for a complete workout of wellness. Elderly people suffer from a variety of diseases due to their reduced immunity, and a life long of unhealthy habits. Although not all diseases can be cured, laughter brings several positive changes. It is an instant stress buster, which helps to reduce the risk factors for cardiac diseases arising due to stress. Laughter helps to reduce blood pressure and lowers cholesterol levels.

Factors Affecting Seniors and How Laughter Yoga Helps

Retirement: The biggest stressor for seniors is a feeling of being ‘useless’ after retirement. It leads to major depression and mental agony. Lack of importance creates frustration and many a times proves extremely detrimental to physical and mental health. Extended Hearty Laughter helps to reduce stress and generate a positive attitude. Laughing together in a group helps to boost self-esteem and overcome feelings of insecurity.

Lack of Bonding: Laughter Yoga is especially beneficial for older people. Seniors are always in need of human contact. While most of them are surrounded by like minded peers, they still miss the bonding of a family. They need someone close with whom they can share their emotions.

Laughter Yoga sessions have the power to reach beyond the healing of laughter. The effective network of caring-sharing relationships is the key to a happy and healthy life. Relationships with people become very strong and the feeling of loneliness dissipates. Seniors enjoy the daily meetings as it generates a sense of belonging. Laughter Yoga can give seniors that much needed feeling of closeness and fraternity.

Physical immobility: Sedentary lifestyle, illness and lack of physical exercise cause stiffness of limbs and muscles, leads to immobility and pain and aches. Laughter Exercises coupled with deep diaphragmatic breathing are simple, structured and a lot of fun. They are easy, safe, and economical and provide a genuine form of physical exercise. Regardless of any limitations – cognitive or physical, they are appropriate for all. Extended Hearty Laughter is known to increase muscle movement, mobility and boost the immune system. It increases disease fighting cells and proteins, and triggers release of endorphins (body’s natural painkillers)

Decline of cognitive faculties: Faced with age and age-related troubles, seniors find that their physical and mental faculties decrease. With the beginning of certain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Senile Dementia, the capacity to comprehend humor declines. The degeneration of the brain cells makes it difficult for many seniors to understand and organize facts, let alone humor. Simple tasks become difficult, frustration levels rise making it harder for them to laugh.

Under such conditions Laughter Yoga is ideal for seniors to reap the scientifically proved benefits of laughter to improve their health and well-being. It helps to provide an emotional bonding and is one of the most powerful tools against depression.

Since humor is an intellectual phenomenon, seniors find it difficult to laugh without a reason. This is where Laughter Yoga helps them to be able to laugh and start living a life full of joy once again. Being a physical process, it does not require any mental abilities thus helping the older people to understand humor without using their cognitive faculties. A few hours of laughter every day will increase your memory, thinking ability and intellectual capacity.

Physical illness: Scientific studies have proven that the reason of frequent sickness is because there is a lack of oxygen in the body cells. Laughter Exercises and Deep Breathing help to attain good health by increasing the supply of oxygen. People in the Laughter Clubs with chronic pain, migraines, headaches and asthma have found attacks to become less frequent, and in some cases, to disappear completely. Many members with high blood pressure, severe spinal, neck or shoulder problems and even diabetes have found their life normalizing eventually requiring no medication. Many members with depression, anxiety and chronic stress related diseases have reported moving from debilitating fear and anxiety to a more positive state of mind, transforming their quality of life.

Social Laughter Clubs – A Boon for the Elderly

The simple fact is that, for humans to be happy, we need a network of healthy emotional relationships with a group of people who care about us and about whom we care. Social Laughter Clubs have the power to reach beyond the healing of laughter. The effective network of caring-sharing relationships is the key to a happy and healthy life. Relationships with people with whom one laughs with regularly becomes very strong.

Happiness through Emotional Networking

Sadly, for many elderly people, modern life does not include a network of caring and sharing relationships — The lack of two-way emotional dialogue and relationship leaves them without emotional grounding, often resulting in feelings of isolation and loneliness.

The amount of time spent with others is not what matters; it is the quality of interaction that is important. If there is lack of warmth and friendliness, it leads to anxiety and stress among the elderly. To facilitate better physical and mental health, Laughter Clubs provide a rich social network of people who care about one another, and perhaps even more importantly, a way of getting to know new people who we care about. This provides a sense of emotional security which resists stress and depression – the number one sickness in seniors.

The session with seniors is not just about laughter. It entails creating a connection with them, building a rapport by talking, listening and physical touch. A smile goes a long way to establish a bond with seniors who are in need of care and empathy. It creates an ambience of belonging and generates the much needed feeling of closeness and fraternity. Laughter sessions help them to share similar interests and instill familiarity and intimacy. It gives them the opportunity to confide their emotions and express themselves freely.

Laughter Yoga exercises are simple, structured and entertaining. They are easy and safe, and provide a genuine form of physical exercise. They appropriate for all, regardless of their cognitive, sensorial or motor abilities/limitations. People’s participation is invited and not imposed. Laughter Yoga appears to lift depression and replace it with a positive outlook. Health improves, many chronic ailments disappear, the exercise improves mobility, communication and relations also improve.

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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.

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