Remember how good you felt the last time you had a good belly laugh? Laughter never fails to lift our spirits no matter what kind of mood we are in. But daily life doesn’t offer us many opportunities for genuine laughter, and when we do find those opportunities they are usually sporadic and short lived. In order to reap the many health benefits of laughter it needs to be deep and sustained. I have always believed in the healing power of laughter. To me laughter is about finding connection. I went to my first session of Laughter Yoga and I was hooked. I have to admit I felt a little awkward at first, but there was something about how it made me feel that drew me in. I felt energized, creative, and confident. There was even a shift in the energy of the room. I felt connected to those around me. I couldn’t wait to share this passion with others and I became a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader that same year. The playful laughter and breathing exercises can be done by anyone. If you can laugh and you can breathe, then you can do laughter yoga.
The Mayo Clinic Laughter Club was created by two of my laughter yoga colleagues to spread the power of laughter throughout the clinic. They have built a solid foundation and I am proud to become a co-leader of this club and officially bring it to the DAHLC! I invite you to drop in to the laughter club on the first Friday of every month and ha-ha-have a good laugh with me!
For more information about Mayo Clinic's Laughter Club: http://dahlc.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-laughter-club/
Want to learn more about Laughter Yoga? http://www.laughteryoga.org/english