- Posted by Lisa McDonald
- On February 8, 2016
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The day I found this video was one of those days I was taking life way too seriously which I have a tendency to do! Laughter yoga, I thought? How silly is that? Well, the moment I started watching this brief synopsis of the practice, I found myself smiling. I really can’t imagine a better person to introduce us to the principles of laughter yoga. Robert Rivest has the kindest face and is so happy and excited telling us about it…it is infectious!
I must confess a couple of times in the video when I was going along with some of the exercises, I thought if one of my daughters gets home, they will truly think I’ve lost my mind! As much of a giggle as the whole thing was, it was a wonderful reminder of how beneficial it is to laugh… and to loosen up and keep a sense of humor with things. We have to find humor in our lives and make time for things that give us a true belly laugh.
Not only does it feel oh so good, it reduces stress hormones by a whopping 40% and lowers adrenaline levels by 70%. Additionally, it helps shift us from a sympathetic state to a parasympathetic state which is when all healing takes place within our bodies. It is also when our metabolism is at it’s most efficient. Remember, when we’re stressed, it is like throwing a bucket of ice water on our digestive fire!
If laughter yoga isn’t your thing…figure out what is! Lately I have been loving James Corden’s carpool karaoke! Here’s the most recent one he did with Chris Martin.
Some people like to keep a tickler notebook of things that make them laugh or a folder on their computer of funny videos. I found my old tickler notebook and burst into laughter as I had jotted down a time when my daughter was very little and as we arrived at the zoo, she ran to see the zebras, her favorite animals, and upon finding them to be nowhere in sight she looked at me in great dismay and said, “Oh no, mom, the zebras are extinct!”
Isn’t it amazing how good and relaxed we feel after a good laugh? I love how sometimes when we laugh it crosses over to tears and then back again. It always catches me off guard how easily the two can go back and forth…it’s such a beautiful release and so healing.
Let’s remember to laugh, sweet sister, and at ourselves! It’s so liberating to be relaxed enough to laugh at ourselves as we go about our days. Let’s laugh with each other…and find ways to do this when life starts feeling so serious. Hold on to those people in your life that you can laugh with…ah, they are a gift.