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  1. This is very interesting. I have never heard of Laughter Yoga and I’d love to study it!
    Your article here reminds me to watch more comedy! I usually work out whenever I watch anything and I think I need more funny stuff!

    • Hi Dianne,
      I think when most people think of Yoga laughter doesn’t come to mind. So it doesn’t surprise me that you haven’t heard of it. I only become aware of this type of yoga in the last couple of months as a result of researching the latest trends in mind-body treatments for pain relief. I think we all need to watch more comedy. Laughter is good. Thanks for checking in. Have a great weekend.

      Thabo

  2. This article has been a big help for me. I take care of both my elderly parents. I was imagining them trying to do any exercise and it made me laugh. I think just getting them up and moving is the most exercise I get out of them.

    • Hello Eden,
      I understand. Getting elderly parents to stick to an exercise program is quite challenging. I’m glad this post helped you. Thanks for checking in.

      All the best,

      Thabo

  3. Hello Thabo!

    Laughing is the best medicine, it brings people together and it’s a liberating feeling. It is sad that the laughter often is forgotten the older we get, due to all responsibilities, fears, and pains.
    The story about the actress who changed from playing a sad role to being a comedian is amazing. How fantastic that her suffering from physical pain and depression lessened after changing her acting. This is a proof of how important it is to laugh.

    From now on I’m going to concentrate on discussing happy things when talking with people who are feeling down or sad. That may improve their mood for the better.

    Thank you for another uplifting post!

    Pernilla

    • Hello Pernilla,

      I was also amazed at the story of the actress whose pain and depression lessened once she switched from playing sad roles to playing comedy. I think the story speaks to the power of laughter to dramatically change someone’s life in a positive way. Thanks for checking in. Have a great weekend.

      Thabo

  4. I have recently heard of laughter yoga. I am wondering if it is coming to my fitness center. They are big on senior health. It would really be so much fun. The seniors there like to socialize and exercise and this would just fit right in with most of them. I would like to try it myself!
    I loved your story about the actress. It just goes to prove how well laughter can heal.

    • Hi Cynthia,
      I agree with you that seniors who like to socialize and exercise would find laughter yoga a perfect solution. And I too was moved by the story of the actress who found healing through laughter. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

  5. Meredith

    I heard that a good belly laugh can help massage your stomach. I don’t know about that, but I think that one of the things that laugher does is to signal acceptance. I think that a good laugh besides having all the emotional benefits of lowering stress, also ensures that everyone is on the same page. I think it’s a lot easier for people to participate in something like group exercise when they feel emotionally connected to the group. Exercise than becomes something to look forward to. Great post. Very fun read.

    • Hello Meredith,
      You make an excellent point about how laughter can connect a group of people in such a positive emotional way that it makes it easier for them to work together and in the process help each other. I think the key for most seniors is finding the will to stick to an exercise program. Laugher exercise makes it more likely that the elderly will stick to an exercise program because they are having fun. I’m glad you had fun reading the post.

  6. Susan

    I love this presentation. Very clever the way you used the Columbo drawings to pull us into the story. I happen to be a very big fan of that show. I assume you’re too. Anyway, I heard that laughter can help seniors with their bowel movement. Yeah, I had a laugh when I heard that one. But seriously–yeah I just said that—-laughter can help the body function better by providing loads of natural pain relievers. I know that when I have a good laugh my body feels good. Great post.

    • Hello Susan,
      Thanks for a very funny response. You get it! Yes, I am a very big fan of Columbo. The introduction was indeed inspired by my love of the show.

  7. I truly enjoyed your post on yoga for seniors and laughter, I notice at my gym the senior coming from their yoga class all have relaxe smiles on their faces. Everyone not just seniors would benefit from more laughter in their lives, I hear laughter is awesome for anxiety and stress relief. I must admit I am too serious myself most of the time, but I do take time to watch videos and read quotes online to improve my mood and give me a reason to smile.

    Great Post
    Jeff

    • Hello Jeff,
      I completely get it.I can also be a bit on the too serious side. However, I’m really buying into the power of laughter. Laughter demonstrates the contagious nature of emotion. Hearing laughter we automatically smile or laugh too, creating a spontaneous chain reaction that sweeps through a group. I can see how this can help seniors who find it difficult to socialize. I can also see how laughter eases pain. My mom, a back pain sufferer, always seems to feel a lot better after a good laugh. She especially loves watching commercials on TV that feature kids, confirming the fact that kids are natural comedians. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. Thanks for checking in.

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