Health Benefits
The secret of laughter yoga is that our bodies are hardwired with some surprisingly powerful natural reactions to extended hearty laughter. Some of these side effects include:

Feel-good hormones.
Laughing leads to the release of endorphins, a self-manufactured natural opiate that has been scientifically shown to carry messages of attachment and bonding (the scientific terms for love), and to stimulate feelings of caring and forgiveness in addition to acting as a natural painkiller. Endorphins create a positive state of mind and boost optimism, self-confidence and feelings of self-worth.

Blood & all major organs are fully oxygenated leaving us bursting with energy.
Lloyd (Journal of General Psychology, 1983) showed that laughter is a combination of deep inhalation and full exhalation, inspiring excellent ventilation, wonderful rest and profound release. Increased circulation helps flush the organs of waste products, helping us to operate at peak performance.

Our lymphatic system is massaged and our immune systems boosted.
Laughter causes an “internal jogging” that massages the internal organs and promotes circulation to the digestive and lymphatic systems.

Strengthens the immune system.
Laughter deepens the breath, which is shown to increase lymphatic flow, which in turn is already thoroughly documented and proven to boost the immune system with fast increases in levels of anti-viral and anti-infection cells (including the so-called "natural-killer" cells which help fight cancer). Laughter also increases the levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA), the first line of defense protecting us against viral infections such as coughs and colds. Immune, digestive & sexual systems that are switched off by stress are switched on.

Depression is lifted, even chronic depression is often cured.
Take a moment, and watch the video testimonial for Laughter Yoga of a leading American Psychiatrist.

Anti-aging formula. 
Many older Laughter Yoga practitioners claim that the facial exercise of laughter reduces wrinkles and sagging by firming and toning facial muscles, making them look (and if anything else "feel") younger. Overall exercise is known to slow down the aging process and Laughter Yoga is a fun and easy exercise for all age groups.

Catharsis. 
By enhancing the free flow of emotions, laughter can help dislodge blocked emotions stored in the body. Suppressed or blocked emotions can cause ongoing physical, mental and emotional problems. Their release can be life-changing. Laughter provides an excellent non-violent method for emotional release and catharsis. 

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Laughter Yoga Health Benefits