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Laughter Yoga

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on 7 November 2017

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Transcript of Laughter Yoga

Thank You! Questions?
Why should you get serious about laughing?
"Laughter is good medicine!"

Laughing creates positive emotional states and gives you energy, which we all need!

It can benefit you
your patients!

Everyone speaks laughter in the same way, regardless of language
Those who inspired the path:
Dr Gulshan K. Sethi, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon

Dr. "Patch" Adams, MD

"...[it] is the fastest growing health and fitness system in the world."
-Laughter Yoga New Zealand
The serious side of laughter:
Children laugh 300-400 times a day

Adults laugh only
10-15 times
a day.

Laughter is one of the best defenses against stress....are

You don't need to have a sense of humor to laugh, simulated laughter creates the same effects!
Benefits of laughter
Gelotology (the science of laughter) studies show:
most body systems are stimulated by laughter
many effects on physical AND mental health
provides gentle aerobic exercise
20 mins of hearty laughter = 10 mins exercise bike!
decreases risk of
respiratory infections
body's natural painkillers--decrease
boosts oxygen and
helps cope with
and prevent
Laughing is no joking matter...
Libby Abbas, DO PGY3
Laughter Yoga
“I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anaesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep,” -Dr. Norman Cousins, MD
People all around the world!

Small companies
Large corporations
Sports Clubs

Who laughs?
Speed patient’s healing and improve mental outlook
Patients with cancer or difficult diagnoses
Spirometry exercise
Aged care facilities
Mental institutions

How can this help our patients?
1. Breathing and stretching exercises

2. Clapping and chanting

3. Laughter exercises

4. Meditation & guided relaxation
The 4 steps to laughing bliss:
Perhaps health care offices will be next...!
“The benefits include reduced stress levels, increased efficiency and team building, a happy atmosphere and reduced absenteeism.”
Study from the University of Maryland Medical Center:

A good sense of humor and the ability to laugh at stressful situations helps decrease the damaging physical effects of distressing emotions.

Indicated laughter
may help prevent heart disease

people with heart disease were
40 percent less likely to laugh
compared to people of the same age without heart disease.
lowers blood pressure
increases blood flow the heart
pumps more oxygen into the blood

Ways to get the funny stuff, for yourself or your patients:
Watch a funny movie
your patients--it will improve the provider-patient relationship!
Start a laughter club at FMI or in Augusta!
Become a laughter yoga leader
Call family or friends and share a joke!
Miller M, Fry WF. The effect of mirthful laughter on the human cardiovascular system. Med Hypotheses. 2009;73:636–9
The "Humor Diet Hypothesis"

"Laugh Away the Fat? Therapeutic Humor in the Control of Stress-induced Emotional Eating."
Laugh Away the Fat? Therapeutic Humor in the Control of Stress-induced Emotional Eating. Bast, E. and Berry, E. Rambam Maimonides Med J. Jan 2014; 5(1): e0007
"A workplace laughter group can appeal to a diverse range of employees, can be effective with minimal investment of time, and may have sustained positive effects on self-beliefs that have been shown to correlate with positive workplace behaviors. "
-Heidi Beckman, Ph.D., UWHC-Health Psychology
Miller M, Fry WF. The effect of mirthful laughter on the human cardiovascular system. Med Hypotheses. 2009;73:636–9
Beckman, H., Regier, N., & Young, J. (2007). Effect of workplace laughter groups on personal efficacy beliefs. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 28,167-182.
"Laugh Away the Fat? Therapeutic Humor in the Control of Stress-induced Emotional Eating."
Laughter Yoga Activities Guide – Courtesy of Peter Davison, Motivational Speaker
Visit www.peterdavison.ca,
“Against the force of laughter nothing can stand." - Mark Twain
Laughter therapy is to be
used with caution
in the following conditions if they are severe and/or uncontrolled:
Advanced hemorrhoids
Any kind of hernia
Any persistent cough
Anything with acute symptoms
Heart disease
High blood pressure
Incontinence of urine
Major psychiatric disorders
Severe backache
Late stage pregnancy

*consult your physician if you have concerns*
Clap with straight hands
Be playful
Laugh unconditionally
Fake it til you make it
Maintain eye contact
Keep moving
No "talking"
How do you feel?
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