Wow, two really important topics to me and I am blessed to have laughter as a big part of my life. I would really suggest you start incorporating it into yours for a more positive and healthier outlook.
World Laughter Day
World Laughter Day is customarily celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year. The Laughter Clubs movement is a global initiative to unite entire mankind through unconditional love and laughter. It is a non-religious, non-racial and non-profit organisation committed to generate good health, joy and world peace through laughter. This revolutionary idea has changed the lives of hundreds and thousands of people around the world and has helped them to attain a state of complete wellness.
Can you imagine how great it would be to have the whole world laughing at the same time all through the day? You can’t have any negative thoughts while you are laughing and that could really boost the moral of the people, in a time of disconnection, fear and miscommunication.
There were many Laughter Yoga events that happened around the world this year on the 6 May. YAY!! You may have missed it but how about you try a laughter club in your area and see how you will really feel the difference in your mood and in the connection it brings.
Mental health not so taboo
Thanks to ideas like Mental Health Awareness Week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation from 14th to 20th May 2018, we are becoming more educated on how mental health affects many people. It could relate to many of us that are faced with so many day-to-day stresses that pile up.
Research has shown that two-thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes and that stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress head on, we can go a long way to tackling mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide.
Laughter Yoga promotes sustained eye contact, intense connection and yogic breathing, through simulated laughter exercises. This deep breathing sets off an invigorating cocktail of serotonin, oxytocin, dopamine and endorphins in the brain and charges the practitioner with feelings of joy and wellbeing. These friendly agents in our body not only relax us, but can also boost the immune system.
When we are stressed, the blood vessels in our bodies contract making it difficult for blood to flow freely around our bodies. We also get a sizable shot of cortisol from our adrenal cortex, which is controlled by the pituitary gland. Cortisol is a stress hormone, which can create an imbalance in sugar levels and could even contribute to illnesses such as Diabetes. Through Laughter, you can control your stress levels, which can help combat this and so many other illnesses. We also only use 20% of the oxygen in our lungs when stressed, leaving the rest to go stale. Laughter Yoga allows us to exhale deeply, helping to oxygenate our cells.
3 Top Tips to Better Mental Health
- Be grateful for what you have
Things sometimes feel like they are not working but if you think careful there is a lot to be grateful for. I have a nightly ritual before I sleep to say a ‘thank you’ for everything. I say ‘Thank you for this bed to sleep in’ ‘Thank you for my great friends’ Thank you for giving me the talent I have to make a difference’ ‘Thank you for my healthy, happy kids’ and so on. This way I go to bed smiling and feeling happy.
- Look for the positives
How about actively looking for and celebrating even the smallest things that go well in your day. Giving yourself a ‘YAY!!’ With your arms up in the air in the victory position will really give you a boost. It’s also a fantastic way to bond with your kids.
- Laugh it off
Don’t take everything so seriously, over thinking and judgment could lead to negative thoughts. Just let it go and laugh – you can’t change the situation but you can change the way you think about it YAY!!
Remember to live life laughingly. YAY!!
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