What is Laugh Therapy? Benefits & Principles of It

Yogendra Singh Rathore

28 Nov 2020

From a very young age, we would laugh up to 300 times a day, without reason, for pure pleasure. In adulthood, it would be less than 20 times a day 1,2. Even if not all researchers agree on this data, it seems that school, work and social conventions are gradually encouraging us to become more serious and lose our capacity to laugh spontaneously. Too bad, because humour and laughter are now shown to be good for health, and are, among other things, a good antidote to stress. If you don’t seems you laughter, laugh therapy helps you sure.

Let’s Know what is laugh laughter therapy and its principles.

The Main Principles of Laugh Therapy

Laugh therapy helps to make a person laughing, and laughter helps oxygenate the body, reduce muscle tension, and massage the ribs in addition to working the diaphragm. This promotes, among other things, the elimination of residues present in the lungs and increases the respiratory capacity. It seems that laughing - whether funny or not - could help cure all kinds of problems.

We mustn't believe that we laugh only when it's funny. This author of several books has been studying the mechanisms of laughter for many years. His observations led him to conclude that laughter exercises primarily a social function, which could partly explain its importance in the psychological balance of people.

The Health Benefits of Laughter

People who have a greater sense of humour are less shaken by stressful experiences. They are more likely to view them as stimulating challenges than as painful ordeals. In addition, they generally have higher self-esteem and are more realistic in their self-esteem. Optimistic in nature, they have a fuller social life. But, the author points out that it is difficult to determine with precision if these favourable states result from the sense of humour or if it is not rather these states which make it possible to approach life with humour.

Rod Martin also points out that humour can also be used unhealthily. It can serve as an escape or an unconscious defence mechanism to flee from one's problems or avoid confronting them in a constructive way, or to denigrate others.

Laughter therapy in practice

How to laugh?

In short, laughing and developing a sense of humour is good for physical, mental and emotional health. But how can this be achieved if one is not, at the outset, a natural "perky"? One can, of course, undergo psychotherapy or learn personal development approaches to have more humour in order to better face life and "unhappy" events. A more direct way is to participate in a Laughter Club, or to do Laughter Yoga!

It is much more fun to go to a laughing session, also called Laughter Yoga or Rigolotherapie. The group effect amplifies the laughter and the warmth which emanates from it warms hearts.

Course of a session

The session takes place over an hour with warm-up exercises, then the facilitator gives the rules: take care of yourself, make eye contact, participate, no one can sit and watch. By pretending to laugh, finally we manage to laugh or even catch a laugh. Laughter is good for your morale and your body, so we also move around the room. Each session ends with a guided relaxation to welcome the last laughs.

The Benefits of Laugh Therapy | Laughter Yoga

First rule of healthy living, laughter also has real physiological and psychological virtues. Laughter is excellent for health; it acts very favourably on our heart and the whole body. In the list of its multiple benefits, it fights against cardiovascular diseases (3 times less risk of infarction), decreases or eliminates the feeling of pain, boosts the immune system, improves cognitive functions and drives away stress. The benefits are numerous and now recognized by modern medicine. We offer a classification in 3 areas of its benefits.

  • HEALTH, the body
  • Destroys stress and releases tension
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Pain relief
  • Strengthens our immune system
  • Facilitates digestion, more complete, less constipation
  • Strengthens the heart muscle
  • Decreases bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol
  • Lower hypertension
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • First choice anti-stress with quick installation of good humour
  • Physiological and psychological regulator
  • Reinforcement of positive ideas
  • Let go and step back
  • Serene, cheerful attitude
  • Positive non-verbal communication, defusing problems
  • Favoured exchange and understanding.
  • Laughter Yoga for good health

We have heard it often, scientists and media say: laughter is good for physical and mental health. How then do you achieve this if you do not enjoy a cheerful nature or if you think you do not have a sense of humour developed?

A simple and effective method exists with laughter yoga.

Laughter yoga is an original series of exercises with immediate effects. It combines laughter with yoga breathing which brings more oxygen to the body and the brain thus resulting in more energy. Safe, easy and scientifically proven, it offers above all a deep well-being and a lot of pleasure.

Reduces stress

Laughter is an easy and effective exercise that simultaneously reduces physical, mental and emotional stress. It dispels stress and restores emotional balance in a very short time. Two recent studies have confirmed the effectiveness of Laughter Yoga exercises in lowering the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, and in increasing positive emotions.

Science confirms that regular laughter yoga increases longevity and improves the body's ability to fight stress-related illnesses. Add that it reduces the risk of psychological and physiological disorders, hypertension and heart problems.

Increases oxygen supply

Participants in laughter yoga sessions report feeling in shape all day. The reason for this feeling of well-being is simply due to the fact that the laughter inspires more oxygen. This frees the stale air from the lungs. Laughter thus increases oxygen in the blood, helping to maintain a healthy balance and a feeling of well-being similar to an energy boost.

What is a laughter club?

A Laughter Club is a group of people who gather around a facilitator to laugh together, according to the principles of Laughter without Reason. No reason to laugh, no special humour required to reap the benefits. Indeed, our brain and our body do not differentiate between natural laughter and simulated laughter.

This innovative, fun, positive method based on easy breathing and laughing exercises brings joy in life, promotes humour and reduces the harmful effects of stress. For our health, LAUGHTER YOGA is an excellent cardiovascular exercise.

Rhinology is a complete psycho-corporal discipline of playful emotional liberation which aims to reconnect everyone, authentically, to their joy of living whatever the circumstances.

The tools used are rich and varied: positive psychology, playful relaxation therapy, laughter yoga, cooperative games, emotional education, improvisation, dance. No need to have a sense of humour or a particular talent! It is a simple, fun technique, accessible to all and with immediate effects!

The session includes: body warm-up, anchoring, release of tensions, sequences of laughter exercises and games punctuated by moments of relaxation and breathing, then laughter meditation and relaxation for a return to calm.

Come share a simple moment of happiness, well-being with yourself and with others, letting go and laughter in a joyful and benevolent atmosphere!

Thanks to the health benefits of laughter, you will leave with a light heart, head and body.

How serious is it to use laughter in therapy?

The institutional and medical context emphasizes risk factors such as obesity, physical inactivity, tobacco consumption, stress. When the risk of the onset of cardiovascular disease was announced, the "risk factors" act as the identity. People present themselves with the signifiers "obese", "alcoholic", "diabetic", they very difficultly evoke the other aspects of their personality. The personality is veiled, under the filter of addictive behaviour, of pathology. The consultations are full of doubts, fears, anxieties, nothing makes you laugh.

On Rigology

  1. Laughter and a smile are natural expressions, however. When they no longer express themselves, the person who makes the bitter observation feels paralyzed, helpless, stuck to his mental suffering. What to do with the subject's request to regain the strength to live with optimism, to want to laugh to affirm that neither illness nor the misfortunes of life will take his humour away from him, what remains of his joy? Being able to reconnect with your emotions and regain a positive state of mind allows, according to patients, to move forward more serenely, to find the energy to face life events.
  2. And it is precisely to allow these people to ignore their state of health, to reinvest the positive side that I introduced the rigology. So, for these daring, courageous, I put on my red nose, moved away from the image of the psychologist and set up rigorous workshops. I was therefore interested in this psycho-bodily tool combining dynamism, sharing and stimulating psychic work.
  3. In consultation, when laughter and a reflection around the desire to find a happier, more smiling everyday life arise, I evoke the possibility of working on a positive axis. This line of work can only be envisaged from the moment when the person has been able to put words on his suffering, find his answers and begin to invest himself beyond his pathology.
  4. When I feel the person ready to engage in a group approach, I suggest that he participate in the rigorous workshops. This laughter therapy works as a detour to achieve psychological well-being. It is aimed at people willing to play a fun practice which will most often prove to be therapeutic.
  5. Rigology is a set of psycho-bodily techniques designed to stimulate joie de vivre, optimism, the expression of emotions and the affirmation of personality for physical and mental well-being. The exercises offered are varied and fun: dynamic relaxation, cohesion games, playful relaxation therapy, laughter yoga, clown personal development, work on emotions.
  6. The laughter sessions consist of different times allowing people gradually to enter into a dynamic, to regain the desire and the pleasure of laughing. So each session begins with anchoring exercises, stress relief, warming up of the voice and the diaphragm, stimulation of acupuncture points, stretching, yawning. In a fun way, people manage to mobilize a happy state of mind, leave concerns aside, get in motion and get in touch with the rest of the group. My animation continues with laughter yoga exercises, with dynamic postures inspired by yoga, with a humorous staging using the diaphragm and therefore laughter. According to my creation of the day, I can offer laughter and funny-green exercises, namely the laughter of seasonal fruits and vegetables. We really laugh a lot at the idea of ​​laughing at the tractor, the asparagus then that of the bunch of asparagus, it's like splitting the pear! These sound mimes are alternated, for example, with playful sophrology exercises that naturally lead to laughter. A highly appreciated game is one in which all the laughers seated in a circle pass an object (pen, maracas, etc.) with a standard formulation, while mimicking different emotions (anger, strong joy, disgust, sensuality, etc.). The laughers revel in accentuating the emotions, cheerfully play on the originality of the situation and have fun watching the group dramatize the situation.
  7. At the end of the session, the group has released their laughter, having fun with the originality of the context, each having laughed at themselves and with the others, we end the session with a laughter meditation. This laughter meditation consists of lying on your back on the ground, without speaking, or relaxing and it is at this moment that laughter naturally occurs without reason, simply by wanting to continue laughing at the memory of the exercises proposed during the meeting. Laughter being contagious, the whole group enters a giggle, uncontrolled, releasing tensions and generating a bath of endorphins. The session ends with a time of sharing allowing the laughers to express their impressions, their discoveries, to restore social ties.
  8. Rigology sessions are offered for groups of 10 to 15 people, once a month, laughter being communicative and a vector of social bond. These workshops allow each participant to work on different aspects of the personality, of the relationship with oneself and with the other, to find reusable resources both in personal and professional life.
  9. These workshops have several therapeutic objectives: to allow people to reinvest a group activity, to be able to dare to go towards the other in a context of benevolence and confidence, the other being perceived more in resemblance than indifference. Thus, being able to flourish inside the laughter workshop then facilitates initiatives taken outside the framework carried by the group and gives a taste for social relationships.
  10. Dare to engage under the gaze of the other, to stage, and communicate with others through clowning, play and laughter. All work can then be done on the glance which one carries on oneself and on the image of oneself that the other returns to us. The other functions as the mirror of our emotions, of our attitudes.
  11. Rediscover a space for freedom of bodily expression, learn and allow yourself to express your emotions, which are often killed in favour of action or eating behaviour. This space naturally allows the emergence of laughter, and the pleasure of hearing one's laughter and that of others unfolding.
The benefits of laughter are very real!

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