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Why Exercising Your Laughter Is Important

HEALTHY LIVING
Laughter truly is the best medicine when it comes to keeping us feeling physically, mentally and emotionally young as we age. Use Laughter Yoga as an exercise and laugh through life.

LAUGH FOR NO REASON
“I didn’t always have the ability to laugh at myself,” says Cynthia Curtis, who about learned Laughter Yoga four years ago and has since become a laughter leader and teacher. “There was nothing to laugh about while taking care of my elderly mother in FL, away from husband and home. Then I tried Laughter Yoga exercises and I became happier about my situation. Now, I’m a daily laughter. I practice laughing, every day for 20 minutes.”

LAUGH BECAUSE IT FEELS GOOD
While doing Laughter Yoga you don’t need humor. You just laugh as a form of exercise. Laughing without jokes, laughing at nothing, makes it so much easier to handle life’s difficult times. You will laugh. It’s like you’re primed to always laugh through life.

DON’T WORRY,  BE HAPPY
Worried that folks will think your laugh is loud, nasally or cackling? That is why Laughter Clubs were created. The Funny Farm Laughter Club is a safe place to laugh out loud. Your laugh is part of your identity and self-esteem, and it’s essential to who you are, Express your joy and happiness with laughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FUNNY FARM LAUGHTER CLUB MEETS ON SATURDAYS

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training, Frankfurt Germany, Jun. 21, 2017

LAUGH YOURSELF HAPPY
Do you want to bring more happiness into your life? Try Laughter Yoga at the Funny Farm Laughter Club in Phillipsburg NJ, every Saturday at 10 AM starting July 15, 2017. It is free for all to join. Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, Cynthia Curtis, just back from teacher training in Frankfurt Germany, leads the one-hour session.

HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND WORLD PEACE THROUGH LAUGHTER
Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine where anyone can laugh for no reason without jokes or comedy. The practice involves prolonged voluntary laughter along with the deep breathing technique that originates in Pranayama Yoga. Anyone can laugh for exercise. Do it standing or sitting. Equipment or previous experience is unnecessary. Laughter Yoga is a gentle, cardiovascular workout that burns calories as it improves lung and heart function. Laughter strengthens the immune system, lowers stress levels, relaxes muscles, relieves pain, eases anxiety and enhances resilience. When people laugh together friendships form. And, Laughter Yoga sends more oxygen to the body and brain. Consequently, there is an increase in positive energy that makes it easy to cope with the stress of daily life. Laughter Yoga practice fosters a positive and hopeful attitude. It is less likely for a person to succumb to stress and feelings of depression and helplessness if they are able to laugh at troubles. It’s easy to laugh when times are good. At the Funny Farm, we learn to laugh through life’s challenges, therefore, providings strength in adversity, a coping mechanism, to help us keep a positive attitude regardless of circumstances. Many laughter yoga club members proudly report that, as a result, their lives are transformed for the better.

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
There is a lot of medicine in laughter and it doesn’t matter if laughter is real or pretend. You get the same proven benefits. Clinical research on Laughter Yoga methods, conducted in Austria, India, and in the United States show that Laughter lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol, etc.) in the blood and increases levels of feel-good chemicals (endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, etc.)

BE A GUEST OF THE FARM
The Funny Farm Laughter Club meets at the old stone house at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, 999 US H’way 22 in Phillipsburg NJ at 10 AM. Refeshments are served. Please be on time. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/funnyfarmlaughterclub;
or contact Cynthia Curtis at 908-763-1945/908-387-1225.

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Come practice Laughter Yoga. Laughing unconditionally, without jokes or humor, is a healthy exercise for mind and body. Join on Fri., May 13 at 7 PM and Sat., May 14 at 10 AM at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, 999 US H’way 22, in Phillipsburg NJ.
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Stress Relief from Laughter

When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. Here’s why.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Whether you’re guiltily guffawing at an episode of “South Park” or quietly giggling at the latest New Yorker cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke.

Stress relief from laughter

A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data are mounting about the positive things laughter can do.

Short-term benefits
A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects
Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long haul. Laughter may:

  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and make you feel happier.

Improve your sense of humor

Are you afraid you have an underdeveloped — or nonexistent — funny bone? No problem. Humor can be learned. In fact, developing or refining your sense of humor may be easier than you think.

  • Put humor on your horizon. Find a few simple items, such as photos or comic strips that make you chuckle. Then hang them up at home or in your office. Keep funny movies or comedy albums on hand for when you need an added humor boost.
  • Laugh and the world laughs with you. Find a way to laugh about your own situations and watch your stress begin to fade away. Even if it feels forced at first, practice laughing. It does your body good.
  • Share a laugh. Make it a habit to spend time with friends who make you laugh. And then return the favor by sharing funny stories or jokes with those around you.
  • Knock-knock. Browse through your local bookstore or library’s selection of joke books and get a few rib ticklers in your repertoire that you can share with friends.
  • Know what isn’t funny. Don’t laugh at the expense of others. Some forms of humor aren’t appropriate. Use your best judgment to discern a good joke from a bad, or hurtful, one.

Laughter is the best medicine

Go ahead and give it a try. Turn the corners of your mouth up into a smile and then give a laugh, even if it feels a little forced. Once you’ve had your chuckle, take stock of how you’re feeling. Are your muscles a little less tense? Do you feel more relaxed or buoyant? That’s the natural wonder of laughing at work.

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