August 02, 2022
We talk a lot about the power of food as medicine.... well laughter and gratitude are just as powerful.
Back in the day, I used to give my former husband laughing lessons....way before the popularity of Laughter Yoga. Laughter has been been scientifically proven to help strengthen the Immune System function by releasing happy hormones also known as endorphins...specifically seratonin. As seratonin levels increase, the brain gets happy and depression goes away.
Here is a simple laughter exercise. Begin by finding a comfortable position to sit or stand. Close your eyes. Take a few deep belly breaths. Then begin to make a ha ha ha sound. Take the ha ha ha into different volumes and tones....high tones, low tones. Then make faces with the sounds. You will be laughing in no time. Go ahead and laugh your a** off!!
For those extra challenging days.....try the double whammy formula..... laughter plus gratitude! Along with laughter, gratitude takes you outside of yourself and the mind's chaos and beliefs. We can all use getting out of the negative thoughts of the mind. Gratitude also brings our attention to the heart and appreciation for those things that are bigger than the "little mind". A few examples include our home, the sunshine, fresh air, nature, our family and friends, good food and clean water, etc.
Here is to your happiness and well-being!
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