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Saturday, February 16, 2008

A Laugh A Day

I think we all know we feel so much better when we have a good laugh. It sticks with us for a while and we can face and take on so much more, it seems. It does not just seem like it, we can! Not only does laughter lift up the spirit, it also helps with pain relief.

It's always said: an apple a day, keeps the doctor away. That maybe true and I will investigate that sometime, hehe. BUT... it is now scientifically proven that a laugh a day, keeps the doctor away!

Sharing a good chuckle with a loved one or co-worker not only feels good, it is good for you. Studies have shown that laughing boosts your immune system, reduces stress and stimulates blood circulation.

Let’s face it, though: Most adults don’t experience much spontaneous laughter on a daily basis. So a growing number of people are turning to hasya yoga to “fake it until they make it.”

Hasya, or laughter yoga, began in 1995 with an Indian medical doctor named Madan Kataria. The unusual discipline, which uses playful activities and guided breathing exercises to trigger laughter, since has spread to more than 50 countries, with about 200 clubs in the U.S. alone.

For people with chronic pain, laughter’s physiological benefits can serve as a powerful form of pain management, says Sebastien Gendry, director of the American School of Laughter Yoga in Pasadena, Calif.

“When you laugh, you release endorphins. Those are feel-good hormones, as well as natural painkillers,” Gendry says.
Janet Wilson, a registered nurse in Flagstaff, Ariz., who has fibromyalgia, became a certified laughter leader in 2005 after learning about the World Laughter Tour. Wilson now runs laughter clubs in Flagstaff.

“I have had chronic pain for 12 years. I love leading laughter sessions because it elevates my mood and provides pain relief that lasts for about two hours,” she says.

To try a taste of laughter yoga, Gendry suggests pretending to take a “laughter pill,” building from a simulated giggle to a belly-shaking guffaw as soon as it “hits” your tongue.

Or consider joining a laughter club. Because laughter is contagious, enjoying a few rounds of pretend chortling with others may inspire a serious fit of the actual giggles.

To find information about laughter exercises or joining a laughter club, log on to
http://www.worldlaughtertour.com/, or http://www.laughteryoga.org/.
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By Genevieve Rajewski, Arthritis Foundation.

Well, there you have it. Laughter is the best brand of pain relief medicine you can get and it doesn't cost you anything. Not even a trip to the pharmacy!

Okay, that is not entirely true. The best pain relief, which is everlasting and lifts your spirits continually, is God. Trusting Him and having faith not only eases pain, lifts your spirit, but also gives inner peace and rest. And you can always find joy in all His blessings. :-)

Revelation 21:4
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

19 Comments:

Blogger Cindy Moore said...

Many years ago I had the opportunity to take a one day continuing ed class entitled "Laughter" and it was the best thing I'd done in years! At the time I had just separated from my husband and had 2 little ones at home (5 months and 2 yrs). I realized I hadn't laughed in a long time! Things got much better after that.

I still have a couple of tapes, DVDs and recordings of funny stuff and watch them from time to time....just to laugh! I think I need to pull one out.

February 16, 2008 7:57 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Cindy,
I am glad to hear your opinion on this, since you actually took a class like that.
It is good to know it works! Thanks so much for sharing.

Kc gets funny videos by email and some are really hilarious. It sure is good to laugh and relax. Life is hectic enough as it is.

God's Grace.

February 17, 2008 12:38 PM  
Blogger jel said...

hi sis
i think im back to the land of the living , ;/


thanks for the visit

huggs

February 17, 2008 5:55 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Janice,
Oh dear, have you been sick, I didn't know!

You are most welcome. I was glad to be able to have some time to catch up. Maybe things are slowing down. We will see.:-)

Glad to have you back though. Missed ya, sis.

(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

February 17, 2008 6:10 PM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Dearest Lieve Zus

Shall we laugh together?

HaHaHaHaHaHaHa....... =)))

Take care.
(((HUGS))) Corry.

February 18, 2008 2:06 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
Sounds good!!!!

HehehihihihahaHaHaHaHAHAHAHAHA...:-D

(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

February 18, 2008 5:05 AM  
Anonymous ron said...

Morning Corry,

I'll laugh with ya'll till my jaws get tired and try not to laugh to hard cause my store bought teeth might fly out or cough in public cause somebody might have to catch them ?

Blessings and ya'll have a good day !
grandpaw.

February 18, 2008 8:32 AM  
Blogger The Patient Connection said...

Research Blog on Arthritis


Dear Friend

We are currently running a research blog or online discussion on the subject of arthritis and its treatment and diagnosis. We are seeking the opinions of both people have had or have family members with arthritis.

We would love it if you could share your story or just post useful resources for suffers, carers and family members


Have a look at the blog here

http://www.thepatientconnections.com/blog.asp?uid=3jeldz


Thanks for your help in advance

Belinda
PS If you have not already done so why not become a friend online.

February 18, 2008 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Dee Andrews said...

Dear Corry -

Thanks so much for dropping by the other day with a comment. I'd been way behind on reading blogs, too, but have just caught up with yours.

You've had a lot going on in your life! My goodness!

I hope things will smooth out for you and your family just a bit now that the baby is here and all. Hope April will recover soon (I pray that she will) and I pray that your health will be good so that you can minister to her and the babies.

Much love,

Dee

February 18, 2008 10:52 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Grandpaw,
It's good to have you laugh with us!
Don't worry if your teeth fly out. We will catch them. We do hope you brushed them though, hahaha.

Just the pic you gave me here is so funny, it made me laugh. :-D

Many blessings to you today!

Belinda,
Thank you for the visit and the invite. I will definitely look into it.

Dee,
Good to see you, I hope you are feeling better, girl.

It seems like things are slowing down a bit. April is on the recovering side, although it still takes a while. But any progress is a blessing!:-)

I'll remember you in my prayers!

(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

February 18, 2008 11:10 AM  
OpenID amycloud said...

Corry, Love the article. Great information. I also loved Ron's comment about his teeth. (Go Ron!!!) I have enjoyed the laughter. Blessings.

February 20, 2008 10:49 AM  
Blogger Joyce said...

Hi Corry,

Just stopped by to check in and let you know I have re-entered the world of blogging. You are always a blessing to me, so wanted to say "HI"!

Sounds like lots has been going on in your world!

Congratulations on the new grandson!

February 20, 2008 11:25 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Amy,
Thanks!:-)

I had a good laugh picturing what Grandpaw said! I still think it's funny, haha.

Have a very blessed day!

Joyce!!!!!
How are you. So good to see you back. I thought about you several times and hope all is well with you and yours.

Let me know how you are doing, please.

Blessings to you and yours!

God's Grace.

February 21, 2008 6:54 AM  
Blogger audrey` said...

HeHeHeHeHeHiHiHiHiHiHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!

Love you, Corry dearest!
(((HUGS)))

February 24, 2008 12:41 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
Quit Now!!! My jaws are starting to hurt and I have to make a run to the bathroom, HAHAHA!!!!

(((HUGS))) Lieve Zus.:-D

God's Grace.

February 24, 2008 5:26 AM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Ok... (((HUGS)))

You've a very great sense of humour, dearest Corry =)

HeHe! I go off silently without much loud laughter ^grin^

February 25, 2008 10:16 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
Had to make a run to the bathroom too??? hehe.

(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

February 26, 2008 7:36 AM  
Blogger Timothy said...

Hi Corry,
I linked you from a recent post at Beth's site.
Blessings

February 27, 2008 10:34 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Timothy,
Thanks so much, that was very sweet. I loved Andrew's drawing, he has got potential!! :-)

Let me know when Beth's site is up, please.

Many blessings to y'all.

God's Grace.

February 28, 2008 4:26 AM  

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