During times of stress who would have thought we could also boost overall well-being with laughter. Laughter meditation is a quick and easy way to release the benefits of laughter to your body and mind. It’s one of the easiest meditations because there isn’t a focus on breath or sensations, just the action of laughing.
As a mother, I have acted silly many a times for the sake of my children. One of those times I forced myself to laugh uncontrollably. That day, I was exhausted but as a parent you sometimes relinquish adult sensibilities for the love of your children. I immediately found after one-minute of laughter, not only did my children get a kick out of watching me laugh hysterically, but I strangely felt better, almost re-energized and in an improved state-of-mind.
In order to engage in laughter meditation, you simply need to start laughing and eventually build up to an uncontrollable laughter. It involves a little practice but over time, can turn into a spontaneous somewhat natural laughter.
Essentially there are three parts to this practice, involving stretching, laughter and stillness. This article won’t go into specifics as there are many other sites dedicated to this subject, but experts advise people practicing this type of meditation should do so in the morning on an empty stomach or preferably before meals.
For those who doubt laughter has such powerful benefits, here are a slew of advantages:
For the body, laughter…
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves immune system, heart and lung function
- Stimulates circulation
- Increases oxygen intake
- Relaxes muscles
- Relieves pain with natural painkillers.
For the mind, laughter…
- Reduces anxiety and stress
- Increases a sense of well-being
- Increases the endorphins that are released by your brain
- Helps you cope with difficult situations
- Lessens depression and anxiety
Still not convinced laughing meditation is your thing? Laughter in smaller doses works just as well. If you don’t think of yourself as a comical kind of person, research has found humor can actually be learned. Immerse yourself in things that make you laugh, post a funny picture or comic strip on the wall. Look for amusing websites, humorous YouTube videos or frequent comedy shows, but remember to be conscious about drawing the line at laughing at something cruel or humor created to hurt others.
Surround yourself with positive energy. You can even spend more time with friends or family who often make you laugh. When you don’t take life too seriously and laugh at your own life situations, you’ll begin to reap some of the benefits of the ho ho ho.