On the 5th of May, the first Sunday of the month the world celebrates World Laughter Day. It is a day during which we should all see the funnier side of life, laugh our socks of as much as possible, and perhaps even engage in some rib tickling fun. World Laughter Day has been celebrated for quite some time now and for good reason.
Nowadays people face enormous stress and are at war with themselves. Laughter is a positive and powerful emotion which helps people to change themselves and to change the world in a peaceful and positive way. Laughter is a universal language which has the potential to unite humanity.
That is exactly what the day is about: happiness, joy, unity and love for mankind. Quite a lot is being done to celebrate the funniest of funny days. One of these things is laughter yoga, a type of yoga that is becoming more and more popular. But what exactly is it and should you take part in it at all?
Where Does Laughter Yoga Come From?
One of the main questions people have is who actually came up with laughter yoga. Interestingly enough, it is a technique developed by the same person who started World Laughter Day, Dr. Madan Kataria.
World Laughter Day, which is celebrated around the globe every year on the first Sunday in May, was established by Dr. Madan Kataria of India, who is the founder of laughter yoga. Laughter yoga is the practice of laughing for the wellness benefits as opposed to in response to humor.
So does this mean that a bunch of people stand in a room or space together and simply start laughing? Essentially – yes. It is a form of yoga, which focuses mainly on breathing, and laughing is something that disrupts your breathing, but it does so in a positive way, filling your body with endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, all the feel good hormones that our brains create so regularly. The idea is that, as we laugh, we shed all our negative feelings, all our stresses and anxieties, and become wholesome and at peace with ourselves again. Yes, it tends to feel a bit uncomfortable and embarrassing when you first try it, but those who have given it a go absolutely swear by it.
The Proof Is in the Pudding
It seems that laughter yoga isn’t just the latest fad thing that the rich and famous housewives of Orange County engage in, simply because their latest friend told them it was something they “absolutely must try”. There are lot of exercise programs out there that are absolutely that: nothing but a fad designed to rope in people with too much time – and money on their hands. However, laughter yoga is different. In fact, there is even suggestion that it has helped a cancer survivor get better.
Through time, Berry found that laughter helped her deal with her physical pain and stress.
Berry was a breast cancer patient and she has found huge benefits from taking part in laughter yoga. Some would go so far as to say that it has helped her go in remission. One of the greatest dangers with cancer is that patients enter a negative mindset, where they think they will never get out of the pain and suffering that they are noticing, being swallowed up by the big black hole that is the “C word”. However, by changing their outlook and becoming more positive, they are once again willing to fight for their lives, to undergo the necessary treatment and to recover from it. Some would say that laughter can truly save your life.