Lengthen Your Laughter for More Wellbeing! By Sam Rehan
Do you know how powerful laughter is for health? More contagious than a cough or sneeze, laughter relaxes the whole body. It triggers the release of stress releasing endorphins and promotes an overall sense of well-being. Laughing for a sustained period of time is key to reaping the health benefits of laughter. What are the results of laughing longer? Increased oxygen intake and blood flow, improved blood vessel function and lower blood pressure. This leads to protection of the heart, boosting energy, stress release and gaining more focus and increased creativity. Laughter truly is a great natural medicine, providing extensive health benefits for all.
Do you know laughter is said to be 30 times more frequent in group settings than solitary situations? Laughter is a language that we all speak and it binds people together. Laughter opens the heart – we feel more connected to the people we are laughing with. When we laugh, our bodies produce a whole range of good hormones such as oxytocin which creates a fabulous environment for us to bond with others. Laughing together encourages empathy between people of different backgrounds and creates cooperation with a sense of belonging.
Comedian John Cleese said, “I’m struck by how laughter connects you with people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance, any sense of social hierarchy when you are just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy.”
Laughing with others is far more powerful than laughing alone, so perhaps there is no surprise that thousands of laughter clubs exist worldwide? A laughter club is a place where people can get together in groups to take part in laughter exercises. The session warm up with some stretching and breathing exercises, followed by creative group laughter games and usually end with relaxation. People enjoy the social support, as well as the physical benefits.
What if you find it difficult to laugh? If you find it hard to laugh, try smiling for longer… it is said that thirty seconds of smiling releases brain chemicals called endorphins which leads to reduced pain and less stress. Even faking your laughter creates more deep breathing and often genuine laughter emerges!
Give it a go… Lengthen your laughter!
Written by Sam Rehan who runs a monthly laughter club in Forest Row. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare Goldfinch from The Healthy Body Happy Mind Project interviews Sam Rehan who is a laughter therapist. She works with individuals and families and helps them to feel happier and more relaxed. She runs a local Laughter Club in Forest Row which is held monthly as well as running community based projects working with people with disabilities including teenagers with autism. Sam has also worked with dementia sufferers at the Forget Me Not Cafes which are held monthly. Sam finds that by doing laughter therapy it has helped her be more grounded and relaxed and sleep much better.
Sam launched Laughter with Ease to lengthen laughter for everyone for better health and increased connection with others. Previously she worked worldwide as a corporate trainer and she is a holistic health practitioner. Sam works globally – encompassing all people and all groups…Work places, conferences, communities, disability groups, seniors, schools, couples, one-to-one.
Visit www. laugh. global for more information about the work Sam does.