What are the benefits of laughter?

 

Laugh:

 

  • Is a psychocorporal activity

  • Is an antidote to stress hormones (cortisol)

  • Releases negative tensions (jealousy, fear, anger, guilt)

  • Reduces feelings of depression and loneliness

  • Reduces anxiety, depressive states, insomnia

  • Increases self-confidence

  • Brings a positive vision to things

  • Helps to connect with oneself and others

  • Brings back energy and the joy of living

  • Increases production of endorphins, then increases pleasure and smoothens pain

  • Oxygenates the brain and improves mood

  • Reduces high blood pressure and heart problems

  • Eases digestion

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Is a physical exercise that stretches muscles

  • 1 minute of laughter equals 30 minutes of relaxation!

  • 15 minutes of laughter equivalent to 40 minutes of jogging!

 

Are there any contraindications?

First of all laughter is contagious, so watch out if you get bitten by the laughter bug!

More seriously: Pregnant women should consult a doctor before taking part to a laughter session.

Ask for the consent of your doctor, psychotherapist or psychiatrist, if you have had surgery less than three months ago, if you have had significant or very recent grief.

 

You shouldn’t take part if you suffer from:

  • heart problems

  • uncontrolled high pressure

  • any kind of hernias

  • epilepsy

  • glaucoma

  • severe asthma

  • active hemorrhoids

  • urinary incontinence

  • persistent cough

  • severe back pain

 

If you are in doubt, consult your doctor.

Yoga du rire, laughter yoga, Fanny Moriat