SENIOR LAUGHTER SESSION

SENIOR LAUGHTER SESSION

Laughter Matters is a fantastic organization in San Diego bringing laughter to the lives of senior citizens.
Marianne leads a class. Laughter yoga has so many amazing physical. mental, and spiritual benefits.
I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it is. You just have to try it for yourself!

Locally in Atlanta Call Richard 404.889.1923

Director Richard Taylor BS, CLWI, CLYL
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

Richard Taylor CLYL

Richard Taylor CLYL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard specializes in Laughter Wellness & Laughter Yoga for Seniors.

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Office Phone: 404-889-1923
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E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

MENTALLY & PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED LAUGHTER YOGA

MENTALLY & PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED LAUGHTER YOGA / WELLNESS

 

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IN ATLANTA CONTACT:

Director Richard Taylor BS, CLWI, CLYL
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

Richard Taylor CLYL

Richard Taylor CLYL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA
Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253
Web: http://www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

CNN Laughter Yoga Sweeping the World – Atlanta

CNN Laughter Yoga Sweeping the World

   

CLASSES IN ATLANTA

LAUGHTER YOGA WORKS IN BUSINESS

Laughter Yoga Works In Business For It’s Employees
 
Laughter Best Medicine For Stress Heads
• Ben Pike
• News Limited Network
• November 24, 2012 12:00AM
 
Touching and laughing are critical for good human relationships, says Merv Neal, CEO of Laughter Yoga Australia. Source: News Limited
 
STRESSED workers fretting about workloads and redundancies are turning to feel good techniques once dismissed as barking mad.
A new study from Deakin University’s School of Psychology on the effects of laughter yoga – where even the most serious employees are reduced to hysterics – has found it has a real and positive effect on workplace wellbeing weeks after the sessions are finished.

Using validated psychological methods, workplace wellbeing and overall job satisfaction increased by about 6 per cent to 73 per cent.

Dr Melissa Weinberg, who works on the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, said getting even small increases in people’s natural levels of wellbeing is difficult so a change of this magnitude is significant.
This increase was measured three weeks after the sessions of people doing yoga breathing techniques and simulating laughter until they simply can’t stop.

The trials were conducted inside traditional office-based businesses.

With 420,000 Australians made redundant or retrenched in the 12 months to February this year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the move is part of a wider trend of employers looking for increasingly unorthodox ways to keep their staff happier and thus more productive.

Organizations such as Australia Post, accountancy giants KPMG, insurer AON and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission have all been involved in recent years.

Dr Weinberg – the study’s author – said laughter yoga had an immediate increase in mood – which is the primary driver of wellbeing.

“We saw an increase in the sense of optimism, sense of control and overall life satisfaction,” Dr Weinberg said.

“It had helped to facilitate the connection between people at work and made them feel more comfortable about being there.

“Just that the employers had done something to boost their workers’ wellbeing was also significant factor.

“Laughter Yoga is easy and everyone can do it. It works for people who have been going through a tough time and looking for a booster. We found an increased wellbeing for people who were already quite happy.”

Laughter Yoga CEO Merv Neal said he was laughed out of offices ten years ago as being insane, but things have changed.

“There is a huge need for anything in business – it doesn’t necessarily have to be laughter yoga – that helps employees manage the stress they are under at the moment,” he said.

“There are so many rules at work now that we are losing that social connection. Touching and laughing are critical for good human relationships.”

Source:  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/laughter-best-medicine-for-stressheads/story-fncynkc6-1226522814001
 
 

In Atlanta, GA area Laughter Yoga is Atlanta – Laughter –  Yoga, owned by Richard Taylor. Call 404-889-1923

Richard studied with Merv Neal mentioned above last September 2012 at the All American Laughter Yoga Conference in Chicago, IL.
 
Richard brings Laughter Yoga Wellness to Atlanta Businesses.
 
 

Laughter Yoga Helps Improve Business and Performance:  

 
 
Workplace Stress
While there are many tools available for stress management, Laughter Yoga is a unique system that helps to reduce physical, mental and emotional stress at the same time. It works simultaneously both on body and mind. A research conducted in December 2006, on 50 IT professionals in Bangalore, India found a significant reduction in stress levels as shown by reduction in cortisol levels in saliva.

 

Improved Efficiency  
At a given time, the performance depends upon mood and Laughter Yoga has the power to change the mood state within minutes by releasing neuro-peptides from the brain cells called endorphins. Science tells us that the brain needs 25% more oxygen than other body organs. Laughter Yoga increases the net supply of oxygen which helps in optimal performance and boosts energy levels.
 

Team Building

“People who laugh together, work together”

John Cleese, a renowned British comedian, once said during his visit to Mumbai that Laughter is a great connector of people. It breaks all hierarchies and is a force for democracy. Laughter Yoga has the ability to change the work environment drastically by making people happy and cheerful, bringing positive mental attitude, hope and optimism in the workforce. It also increases communication skills to help in team building.

Leadership Skills
A good leader is the one who has the ability to effectively get in touch with his emotions and understand those of the others. Laughter Yoga helps to connect with people in the workplace and bring an emotional balance. This is greatly helpful in achieving targets and accomplishing goals.
 

Innovation and Creativity
The most creative people in the world are children. The essence of Laughter Yoga system is to cultivate childlike playfulness. This playfulness stimulates the right brain activity which is the seat of creativity. This helps to generate new ideas and insights about workplace issues and problems.
 

Increasing Attention Span in HR Trainings
Human brain cannot concentrate for more than 90 minutes after which the attention span reduces. Even a 5-10 minute Laughter Yoga session can provide a great energy boost during long HR training sessions and conferences.

It helps to increase the attention span, enhance learning skills, concentration powers and potential.
 

Positive Work Environment
Job dissatisfaction and hostile work environment compel people to change jobs more frequently thus affecting productivity and profitability. Laughter Yoga creates positive energy and improves communication between people. The Bangalore study also confirmed the increase in positive emotions and decrease in negative emotions, thereby developing an emotional intelligence. This helps to create a more constructive work environment and ensures loyalty and commitment.
 

Motivation and Communication
For people working in front office and sales and marketing, Laughter Yoga helps to bring a smile on their face and generate good feelings within the body. This enhances their communication and motivational skills thus increasing their client base and customer satisfaction.
 

Health Benefits
The basic objective of every human being is to enjoy life, live in harmony with family and have lots of friends to connect with. But, one cannot enjoy life if one is sick. Laughter Yoga is a single exercise routine which brings physical, mental and social well being in a shortest period of time. People can feel the benefits from the very first session.
 
Ideal Exercise for Busy People 
Dr. Kataria says that in his 30 years of experience in medicine, the two most common causes of ill health are wrong food habits and lack of exercise which leads to heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and many stress related illnesses.

Business people are very busy and have no time to exercise. Dr. Williams Fry of Stanford University proved that 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes on the rowing machine. This is not in term of muscular movements but a cardio pulmonary endurance. The purpose of all aerobic exercises is to stimulate heart rate, increase blood circulation, supply oxygen and remove waste products. If you do laughter exercises for 10 minutes you don’t have to run for 30 minutes you will get same benefits.

Presentation Topics

  • Workplace Wellbeing
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Work Life Balance
  • Work Laugh Balance
  • Stress Management
  • Anger Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Increase Positive Communication With Assertion
  • Laughter Yoga Alone Practice
  • Emotional Self Control (Impulse Control)
  • Nutritional WellBeing

Format

  • 1 Hour Keynote
  • 2-3 Hour Workshop
  • 1 Day Training
  • 2 Day Retreat
  • 8 Week Implementation
  • 12 Month Program

 
Call or email to inquire. Richard can help create a unique program to suit your employee needs and company goals.
 

CONTACT:

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Business Wellness – Laughter Yoga is proven to reduce workplace stress, improve performance, reduce sick days, improve teamwork, increase attention span and more!

One on One Sessions In Person In Atlanta. Inquire. Called Coaching.
 
Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923

Fax: 1-866-551-1253
Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

SENIORS HAVE A CHOICE – More Joy Or Not

Seniors Have A Choice Of More Joy In Their Lives Or Not.

If you take a moment to reflect there are basically three kinds of people:

1.) People who are positive and are optimistic. They generally are “happy.”

2.) People who are negative and are pessimistic. They generally are “unhappy, sad, mad and often complain a lot.”

3.) People who are quiet. We often don’t know how they are feeling. Sometimes they do not know either.

What is joy, happiness, positive outlook anyway?

The dictionary says:

joy/joi/

Noun:
  1. A feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
  2. A thing that causes joy.
Synonyms:
delight – gladness – pleasure – mirth – rejoicing
Plutchik Emotion Wheel

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Looking at Plutchik’s 32 Emotions we see Joy next to other Positive emotions. Sadness is on the opposite side with other Negative emotions.

Many say gratitude is the root of joy.

Spiritual people say JOY is gift from God.

Most realize that happiness is fleeting and mostly a cause and effect from outside events, people, and things. It is conditional and soon evaporates.

Some people remain “stuck” in complain mode most of their adult lives. It would feel wierd to not complain about most things. A question one must ask…Is this helpful? Is doing so worth the cost?

Most would say no. Help me please to change. I would like to be able to express myself and feel a inner sense of peace and joy.

How?

Enter Laughter Yoga Therapy, or Laughter Wellness.


 
 
 

We find the act of laughing without reason causes the feeling of joy. It is based on the fact that laughing helps the pituitary gland produce the “feel good” neouro-peptide called serotonin that makes us feel better.

So participate in our Laughter Yoga Classes or Session weekly and by the third time your moods and emotions will shift.

Remember that Humor Therapy is dependent of you getting the joke, and always hearing fresh ones to be able to laugh at it.

Laughter Yoga Wellness Therapy is not dependent on jokes. We choose to laugh, to exercise a bit and breathe a bit deeper than usual. All good for feeling our best and bringing us out of Silence, bringing us out of our rather bad mood.

Give it a shot! Ask your family, caretaker, senior provider for Laughter Yoga ( Laughter Therapy) you will be glad you did.

We provide weekly classes that will raise your spirit to a joyful, healthy more productive self.
 
 
 

See Our Store For Products, DVDs, Audio CD, Books that may interest you. You can practice at home too.

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In Atlanta, GA come to our FREE LAUGHTER YOGA CLASS

Buy a CD, Book, DVD, E-book at our store

Seniors – Ask your facility to invite Richard to come and lead Laughter Yoga Sessions For Seniors Fun and Laughing and Joy!

Business Wellness – Laughter Yoga is proven to reduce workplace stress, improve performance, reduce sick days, improve teamwork, increase attention span and more!

One on One Sessions In Person In Atlanta. Inquire. Called Coaching.
 
Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Laughter Yoga Helps Depressed Elderly Women and Increases Life Satisfaction

Laughter Yoga is at least as effective as group exercise program in improvement of depression and life satisfaction of elderly depressed women.

RESEARCH ARTICLE:

Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2010
International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry 2010

Objective:

The objective of this study was to compare the effectiveness of Kataria’s Laughter Yoga and group exercise therapy in decreasing depression and increasing life satisfaction in older adult women of a cultural community of Tehran, Iran.

Results:

Sixty subjects completed the study. The analysis revealed a significant difference in decrease in depression scores of both Laughter Yoga and exercise therapy group in comparison to the control group. The increase in life satisfaction of Laughter Yoga group showed significant difference in comparison with the control group.

Conclusion:

Laughter Yoga is at least as effective as group exercise program in improvement of depression and life satisfaction of elderly depressed women. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Research Study PDF   © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

WILEY Geriatric Medicine Publications


Comments:

Further studies should be conducted including men and larger populations.

 

Please contact Richard Taylor, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader if you would like to conduct such a study or another involving Laughter Yoga.

 

CONTACT:

Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Give Thanks With Laughter, Family, Great Food and Loving Each Other And Life!

Give Thanks With Laughter, Family, Great Food and Loving Each Other And Life!

“I knew of no instruction manual for reaching a higher level of humanity
and a greater wisdom. But I felt intuitively that laughter was the beginning
of wisdom, as is was indispensable for survival.”

― Ingrid Betancourt, Even Silence Has an End:
My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle

Rumi/The Guest House

This being human is a guesthouse
Every morning a new arrival
A joy, a depression, a meanness
Some momentary awareness
Comes as an unexpected visitor

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture
Still treat each guest honorably
He may be cleaning you out
For some new delight!

The dark thought, the shame, the malice
Meet them at the door laughing
And invite them in
Be grateful for whoever comes
Because each has been sent
As a guide from the beyond

Thank you all for making life so much better. And for joining in the laughter that brings so much joy, health and peace into the world.

Keep laughing! -Richard

LAUGHTER YOGA ~ LAUGHTER WELLNESS THERAPY

Anyone can join a laughter yoga session and experience the results within 30 minutes.

Stress messes with our mind, with side effects that include depression, feelings of intense fear, psychological distress, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain sweating, nausea, dizziness, hyperventilation and sensations of choking or smothering.

Laughter is nature’s counter to stress, and hearty laughter has surprising positive results the on the body. Stress increases blood pressure and heart rate, laughter reduces both and dilates blood vessels for better circulation.

The feeling of health and energy from laughter yoga is often compared to the ‘runner’s high’. It keeps people coming back to laugh again and again.

Emotional balance: Laughter Yoga makes it easier to cope with life and its challenges. It puts us intensely in the moment. The ability to fully live and experience the “now” is of utmost importance because it is the only moment where we can experience happiness.

Catharsis: Laughter makes us feel good because it defuses the most painful emotions by releasing them through the painless mechanism of catharsis. That release, in turn, prevents or stops conflicts, eases tension, and helps people to see one another’s point of view better and heals all harbored hurt and resentment that can get detrimental to one’s emotional health. It invokes feelings of joyfulness and happiness. Laughter Yoga lifts the spirits and provides new insights.

Thanksgiving & Holiday Season Stress: Remember to laugh. Join a Laughter Class and learn to laugh in a way that has better effectiveness in the shortest time.


Consider a Laughter Class “POWER LAUGHTER” . – Richard Taylor

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5555 Glenridge Connector
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Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

 

Seniors – Institute For Aging Research

Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife

Today about one in eight Americans is older than 65 and this segment of the population is not only increasing, but also living longer than ever before.

Between 2010 and 2030 the number of adults older than 65 is expected to double, and life expectancy will be almost thirty years greater than a century ago. Worldwide, by the year 2050, the number of people older than 60 will outnumber children 14 years old and younger.

While advances in medicine and improvement in standards of living responsible for this change are all positive, what will these new found years mean for those who are living them, as well as the population as a whole? This question drives the research going on at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.

The mission of IFAR researchers is to maximize the functional potential and quality of life of adults as they age.

Institute for Aging Research

Affiliated with Harvard Medical School, the Institute for Aging Research is the largest gerontology and geriatrics research facility in the country based in a clinical setting.  Institute scientists work to discover the mechanisms of aging diseases and disability, which leads to the prevention, treatment and cure of disease, advances the standard of care for older people, and informs public decision-making. Their vision is to transform the human experience of aging by ensuring a life of health, dignity and productivity into advanced age.

From the Institute’s world-renowned musculoskeletal research, to the Aging Brain Center, to social research that measures the success of our systems of care at home and abroad, the Institute’s multidisciplinary aging research faculty, promotes scientific investigation that considers the complex relationship between biological, social and psychological factors that influence how well we can all live in old age now, and in the future.

Institute for Aging Research strength is the multidisciplinary nature of its faculty, which includes both social and medical research scientists.

Common age-related conditions:

  • falls
  • urinary incontinence
  • confusion
  • physical decline
  • depression are the result of multiple interacting factors such as multiple organ system abnormalities, drugs, social situations, and psychological problems.

Better understanding geriatric syndromes, and finding new treatments and preventions, requires the collaborative effort of a multidisciplinary team. In addition, the efforts of IFAR scientists are enhanced by Hebrew SeniorLife’s long-standing relationship with many academic institutions within Boston’s rich research community, including its affiliation with Harvard Medical School.

As a result of all of these qualities, the Institute for Aging Research has been able to attract outstanding National Institutes of Health-funded scientists. The results of their studies are regularly accepted for publication by leading peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Active areas of research include:

  • clinical geriatric syndromes such as falls
  • syncope (fainting)
  • delirium (acute confusion)
  • congestive heart failure
  • osteoporosis
  • osteoarthritis
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • resident assessment and care models in nursing homes
  • improving the quality of end-of-life care
  • the cost and quality of housing and community-based systems
  • organizational care models for seniors
  • the development of instruments to measure quality of life and functional outcomes
  • tools to better assess seniors at risk of cognitive and functional decline.

At its best, humor is a tool for maintaining perspective on life’s difficulties. The ability to laugh and enjoy the ironies and twists of the world around us is one of the great human coping skills.

Humor may be the best medicine against life’s trials and tribulations . . . but it may also have some health benefits, as well.

Experts at Hebrew SeniorLife say that humor-often in the form of a good, hearty laugh-can help the mind and body in several ways by:

  • Relieving physical tension and stress;
  • Boosting the immune system, including reducing stress hormones and increasing the activity of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies;
  • Releasing endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals; and
  • Improving blood flow and the function of blood vessels, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

In fact, a recent Vanderbilt University study showed that 15 minutes of laughing can burn up to 50 calories!

You don’t have to be able to tell a joke or funny story well to benefit from a healthy sense of humor. HSL experts suggest the following ways to maintain your sense of humor:

  • Avoid jokes that depend on stereotypes and denigration of others;
  • Learn to laugh at your own foibles before you point out someone else’s;
  • Watch a funny move or television show regularly;
  • Tell a good joke if you want to; if no one laughs, that’s their problem.

While scientists continue to study the health benefits of humor, studies have shown that we are 30 times more likely to laugh when we’re with other people. People who laugh a lot, researchers say, may just have a strong connection to the people around them, which, in itself, may have health benefits, including an improved quality of life. So, go ahead and have a good laugh.

Source: http://www.hebrewseniorlife.org/hsl-resources-humor

Laughter Yoga / Laughter Therapy is a system of moderate exercise with no yoga poses to learn, using pranayama yogic breathing with laughter for no reason that directly positively affects many of these areas of concern. Click For List Of Benefits

Richard Taylor, a Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader leads groups of Seniors in 30-45 minute Laughter Sessions that promote:

  • Community
  • Childlike Playfulness
  • Increased Sense of Humor
  • Positive Shift In Attitude
  • Relief of Depression through endorphin release
  • less colds with improved immune system
  • relieves stress
  • improves motor skills
  • Exercise – Even to those who cannot stand
  • oxygenates the body for less disease
  • lowers blood pressure
  • improves heart function
  • Creativity
  • Memory – Association
  • Cognitive Abilities
  • Left Brain-Right Brain Functioning
  • Overcomes Fear
  • Creates Meaning
  • Insomnia
  • The list is very long!

Richard Taylor offers Laughter Yoga Wellness Therapy for Seniors

Call or e-mail to inquire about our Senior Laughter Therapy Programs.

For mobile Seniors (anyone from 8-150 years old) attend a Free Laughter Yoga Wellness Class

One such study:

Effects of laughter therapy on depression, cognition and sleep among the community-dwelling elderly.

Source

Department of Family Medicine, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu, Korea.

Abstract

AIM:

To investigate the effects of laughter therapy on depression, cognitive function, quality of life, and sleep of the elderly in a community.

METHODS:

Between July and September 2007, the total study sample consisted of 109 subjects aged over 65 divided into two groups; 48 subjects in the laughter therapy group and 61 subjects in the control group. The subjects in the laughter therapy group underwent laughter therapy four times over 1 month. We compared Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Short-Form Health Survey-36 (SF-36), Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) between the two groups before and after laughter therapy.

RESULTS:

There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics between the two groups. Before laughter therapy, the GDS scores were 7.98 ± 3.58 and 8.08 ± 3.96; the MMSE scores were 23.81 ± 3.90 and 22.74 ± 4.00; total scores of SF-36 were 54.77 ± 17.63 and 52.54 ± 21.31; the ISI scores were 8.00 ± 6.29 and 8.36 ± 6.38; the PSQI scores were 6.98 ± 3.41 and 7.38 ± 3.70 in laughter therapy group and control groups, respectively. After laughter therapy, the GDS scores were 6.94 ± 3.19 (P=0.027) and 8.43 ± 3.44 (P=0.422); the MMSE scores were 24.63 ± 3.53 (P=0.168) and 23.70 ± 3.85 (P=0.068); total scores of SF-36 were 52.24 ± 17.63 (P=0.347) and 50.32 ± 19.66 (P=0.392); the ISI scores were 7.58 ± 5.38 (P=0.327) and 9.31 ± 6.35 (P=0.019); the PSQI scores were 6.04 ± 2.35 (P=0.019) and 7.30 ± 3.74 (P=0.847) in both groups, respectively.

CONCLUSION:

Laughter Therapy is considered to be useful, cost-effective and easily-accessible intervention that has positive effects on depression, insomnia, and sleep quality in the elderly.

© 2011 Japan Geriatrics Society.

PMID:
21241447
[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21241447

CONTACT:

Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

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– LAUGHTER – YOGA
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Laughter Yoga is a complementary health practice that supplements normal western medicine, not replaces it.
Check with your Health Care Professional if you have any concerns. Do not stop any treatments without consulting your Health Care Professional.

 

LAUGHING MEDITATION WORKSHOP VIDEO – Stephanie Nash

Not a Dr. Kataria’s exact approach but long and instructional with great laughter track. – Richard

On January 7, 2012, during a Shinzen Young retreat, STEPHANIE NASH guided a Laughing Meditation Workshop. It was determined this would be a regular event at Shinzen Southern California retreats.

A year earlier was the first time she had led laughing meditation at Shinzen’s retreats, but this time Steph explained benefits, showed “warm-ups”, and spoke of strategies of allowing laughter to help decrease suffering and elevate fulfillment in our daily life.

Laughter affects the body that affects the emotions and mind. Ten Minutes or longer per day and your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual harmony will improve.

7:35 Slap Laughter – Warm Up
9:30+ Laughing Meditation

 

CONTACT IN ATLANTA:

Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Oxford University Study Suggest Laughter Manages Pain

Laughter’s the best medicine suggests study

Science

14 Sep 11
Laughter
Oxford University

Having a good laugh with friends really does help us to deal with pain, suggests a new study. The international research team, led by Oxford University, found that when we laugh properly, as opposed to producing a polite titter, the physical exertion leaves us exhausted and thereby triggers the release of protective endorphins. These endorphins, one of the complex neuropeptide chemicals produced in the brain, manage pain and promote feelings of well being. According to the team’s research paper, published online in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, watching just 15 minutes of comedy with others increased the pain threshold by an average of about ten per cent.

The fact that only this type of laughter releases endorphins has probably evolved as a way of promoting socialising amongst humans, says the paper. It points out that many studies have already shown that laughter is 30 times more likely to occur if you are with others than when alone. The endorphin rush appears to be limited to a good belly laugh, shared with others.

The research paper makes an important distinction between relaxed, unforced laughter that creases the eyes, and polite laughter which does not reach the eyes. It concludes that when we laugh properly we produce a series of exhalations without drawing breath, an involuntary physical mechanism that is limited to humans and appears to trigger the release of endorphins. Laughter is important to other great apes too but they breathe in as well as out when they laugh, unlike humans.

The paper is based on more than ten years of research in which different experiments were staged to discover what determined our level of pain tolerance. Subjects were asked to watch TV clips or live staged shows, and their pain thresholds were measured before and after doing this using a number of different pain manipulations (ice-cold sleeves, pressure from a blood pressure cuff, and a painful, strenuous quad work-out).

The participants watched 15 minute clips from comedies like Mr Bean and Friends, and these were contrasted with clips on how to play golf or factual programmes, both designed to elicit a neutral response. In other experiments, they watched nature programmes designed to produce a positive, ‘feel-good’ quality; however, like the golf instruction clips, these did nothing to increase the pain threshold, suggesting that it is the endorphin-activating effects of laughter itself that is important, not just the feel-good factor.

Another experiment compared the pain thresholds of participants who had watched stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with those who sat through staged dramas. This experiment confirmed that the pain tolerance effect of shared laughter is not just something confined to the laboratory, but occurs in real life too.

Lead author Professor Robin Dunbar, Head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford, said: ‘Very little research has been done into why we laugh and what role it plays in society. Using microphones, we were able to record each of the participants and found that in a comedy show, they laughed for about a third of the time, and their pain tolerance rose as a consequence. We think that it is the bonding effects of the endorphin rush that explain why laughter plays such an important role in our social lives.’

In both primates and humans, laughter has been found to play an important role, yet has received very little attention in academic literature. This latest paper supports other work by Professor Dunbar that suggests the importance of group activity in producing endorphins. A previous study by Professor Dunbar and Dr Emma Cohen found that members of a rowing team increased their pain tolerance by training as a group rather than as individuals. Other communal activities like music making, dancing and religious rituals have also been shown to create euphoric states which, according to some studies, can also be associated with the release of endorphins.

Source:  http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2011/111409_1.html

Laughter Yoga is a system of moderate exercise combined with yogic breathing and laughter (fake or real) that delivers such results. Sustained laughter is maintained with Laughter Exercises that promote proper body responses that helps release these endorphins. Also Laughter Meditation is a favorite to do so.

Most Laughter Sessions last 30 – 45 minutes with some longer. Group Laughing, Playing, Singing and Dancing, Miming form the exercises.

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