Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Laughing


"Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine." -Lord Byron

"Humor is the great thing, the saving thing.
The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place." -Mark Twain

"I believe...that laughter is the only cure for grief." -Robert Fulghum

(image courtesy of sweet suhka yoga)

Do you sense a theme dear reader? We are exploring the world of Laughter Therapy for this week's Treatment Tuesday post. Studies show that laughter actually is effective medicine for lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow, and bringing "balance to all the components of the immune system, which helps us fight off diseases."

So why not try some laughter yoga? Developed by Doctor Madan Kataria in 1995, laughter yoga uses a "blend of yogic deep breathing, stretching, and laughter exercises that cultivate child-like playfulness."

Since then the popularity of laughter yoga, laughter therapy, and laughing clubs has grown world wide. The website laughteryoga.org has tons of information about how to start laughing your way to better health, and for local readers, there is laughteryogachicago.com

So find a way to laugh today, it'll be good for you.

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